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Markforged plans large-scale digital production with 3D metal printing plants

#SIU_for_casting 2017-05-30 00:00:00

Markforged CEO Greg Mark believes that the future of metal 3D printing is behind specialized 3D printers.

 While a number of companies are trying to create devices that can handle industrial 3D printing using metal-to-metal, Greg Mark believes that these "large-format metal-printing printers will be replaced by cheaper machines that work in parallel - 3D printing houses."

3D printing on a larger scale

 Through the use of the Metal X printer, which was introduced at CES earlier this year, the company plans to increase its 3D printing output. Markforged believes that such a move will accelerate the development of 3D metal printing technology and the manufacturing industry as a whole. Because, as Greg Mark says,

 3D metal printing printers will reduce development time by narrowing the gap between prototyping and production.

 Markforged intends to develop a system that enables the rapid production of durable metal parts. This type of printing is often considered as a tool for prototyping, but the company suggests that the scope of 3D printing can change in the future, and it will be possible to quickly and easily manufacture custom metal parts.

 However, the only obstacle to this process is scale.

3D metal printing

 For Markforged, the creation of such printing houses is a solution for large-scale 3D printing. At present, 3D printers mainly work with plastics. For example, Voodoo's New York Additive Manufacturing Bureau has created FFF automated 3D printing, which is now controlled by a standalone robotic arm.

 To optimize the 3D metal printing process, Markforged has accelerated production by fast sintering in an industrial microwave and is ready to take a tripartite approach to large-scale metal parts manufacturing.

 First of all, the Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing process (ADAM or atomic diffusion additive manufacturing) is used, which is activated on the Metal X printer.

 ADAM is an end-to-end process that begins with a metal powder, and first fixes it in a plastic binder (which makes it safe to handle), and then forms it in the form of a part, one layer per pass. After printing, you sinter the part in the furnace, burn the binder and solidify the powder into a final, dense, metal part.

 The second step is to use the 3D printing platform, which uses the advanced Metal X smart sensors. Finally, Markforged hardware software will be used to control the workflow of a large number of connected printers.

“The future is with metal”

 In the next 2 years, Markforged will make the technological leap toward true digital metal additive manufacturing. The digital age has transformed all other industries known to man - music, photography, writing, telecommunications, email, the Internet. But production is much the same as in the 50s. The time has come for engineering to enter the era of digital technology.

 This leap has already been set in motion, as Markforged is currently launching “more than 100 printers running in parallel. Half is dedicated to manufacturing parts for the development of our new printers. 30 - long-term cyclic testing, and 20 - operations for the manufacture of parts samples - about 6.5 thousand parts per month. " This week, Desktop Metal is announcing new innovative 3D metal printing solutions and it seems that the future is gradually becoming the present.

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