Markforged was founded to solve a problem with manufacturing. Traditional processes like machining or casting produced high-quality, high-performance parts but had multi-week lead times and very high costs. Additive manufacturing was fast and cost-effective but part quality and strength were poor.
In 2014 Markforged released the Mark One, the world’s first continuous composite 3D printer — the first 3D printer able to deliver both the part quality and performance of traditional manufacturing processes as well as the speed and low-cost of additive manufacturing
MarkForged Mark One desktop 3D printer is the world’s first composite 3D printer that prints continuous fiber. Designed to print parts with the strength of metal, the Mark One Composite 3D Printer is the world’s first 3D printer capable of printing continuous strand carbon fiber, Kevlar®, and fiberglass. Using a patent pending Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF™) print head along side a FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) print head, the Mark One can create incredibly strong and functional parts by reinforcing a proprietary nylon with continuous fiber filaments.
Continuous Filament Fabrication
Formed from the combination of two materials, composite parts are incredibly strong and versatile. Our unique fabrication process enables you to print parts that are an order of magnitude stiffer and stronger than typical 3D printed objects.
In the second half of 2014 we started shipping the world’s first composite 3D printer.
Powering the world’s first composite 3D printer, we created a cloud based 3D printing platform that enables anyone to print from any computer to any Markforged printer in their fleet.
In order to make the world’s most capable 3D printers, we needed to invent new 3D printed materials that had never before existed. In the summer of 2015 we developed a totally new 3D printing material production process to supply material to our rapidly growing customer base.
Building on the success of the Mark One, the Mark Two was released in early 2016. The Mark Two featured an entirely redesigned composite printing system that enabled higher-strength and higher-quality parts.
Using our fleet of Mark Ones it took only 6 months to design, prototype, test, iterate, and launch the Mark Two.
In 2016 we launched Onyx, our next-generation 3D printing composite. Combining a nylon base with micro-strands of chopped carbon fiber, Onyx solves many of the problems native to 3D printing plastics.
Compared to traditional materials, Onyx has very high thermal stability. It is not prone to warping. It has superior strength and stiffness, and it is a high-precision, high-repeatability material.
In early 2016 we started working on a totally new, large-format 3D printer. 6 months later we launched the X7. With double the build volume and double the resolution, the X7 was our first industrial format 3D printer.
With a built-in laser micrometer, the X7 comes with in-process inspection. By scanning the print bed, the X7 can detect and account for microscopic deviations in alignment, ensuring your parts are repeatable and precise. By scanning your part, the X7 provides instant feedback on part tolerances and print success.
In October 2016, we introduced the Onyx One and Onyx Pro, two new entry level composite 3D printers.
At the beginning of 2017 we announced the Metal X. An entirely new way, cost-effective way to 3D print metal parts. Built on our 4th generation 3D printing platform and decades of established metal sintering technologies, the Metal X enables entirely new applications for metal additive manufacturing.
We developed ADAM (Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing) to solve the problem of affordable metal 3D printing. Built on top of established metal injection molding technology, ADAM enables you to 3D print one-to-one replacements for cast parts.
Expanding our line of industrial 3D printers, in August 2017 we launched the X3 and X5 — 3D printers designed from the ground up for engineers and manufacturers.