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Formed from the combination of two materials, composite parts are incredibly strong. Markforged’s unique fabrication process enables you to print parts that are an order of magnitude stiffer and stronger than typical 3D printed objects and stronger than metal in some cases.

COMPOSITE MARTIX MATERIALS

In the Markforged composite range of materials, there are two ‘matrix ‘ materials.  In the world of composites, the matrix material is the base material substrate that may contain a reinforcement fibre material.

The two types of matrix available are:

  1. Nylon
  2. Onyx
Markforged Continuous Fibre Layup Example

The matrix material is the bulk materials that holds the fibres

NYLON

Markforged’s Nylon is the standard plastic material that makes up most of any print done on a MarkForged printer. Nylon filament is flexible and impact-resistant and can be stiffened with any of our continuous fiber options. It’s a versatile a material both with and without reinforcing fibers.

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ONYX

Markforged Onyx Mould tools

Onyx yields stiff, strong, and accurate parts. Already 1.4 times stronger and stiffer than ABS, Onyx can be reinforced with any continuous fiber. Onyx sets the bar for surface finish, chemical resistivity, and heat tolerance.

COMPOSITE FIBRE REINFORCEMENT MATERIALS

The reinforcement material is added to the matrix and this is the one that does all of the hard work by bearing loads that are subjected to the part.  Fibres can be orientated in various directions to optimise strength-to-weight with the most common option to align fibres with the load path.  This may mean following the shape of the part concentrically.

Markforged offer four types of fibre reinforcement:

  1. Carbon Fibre
  2. Kevlar
  3. HSHT Fibreglass
  4. Fibreglass
One Stack of Markforged Continuous Fibre Rolls

CARBON FIBRE

Markforged Onyx Mould tools
Carbon Fiber has the highest strength to weight ratio of our reinforcing fibers. Six times stronger and eighteen times stiffer than Onyx, Carbon Fiber reinforcement is commonly used for parts that replace machined aluminum.

type: reinforcement

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KEVLAR

Markforged Kevlar and Nylon prints of softjaws
Kevlar® possesses excellent durability, making it optimal for parts that experience repeated and sudden loading. As stiff as fiberglass and much more ductile, it’s best used for end of arm tooling.

type: reinforcement

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HSHT FIBREGLASS

Markforged 3D printers Nylon and fibreglass parts in bend test
Five times as strong and seven times as stiff as fiberglass, High Strength High Temperature (HSHT) Fiberglass is best used for parts loaded in high operating temperatures.

type: reinforcement

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FIBREGLASS

Fiberglass is our entry level continuous fibre, providing high strength at an accessible price. 2.5 times stronger and eight times stiffer than Onyx, FiberglasS reinforcement results in strong, robust tools.

METALS

Combining established MIM (Metal Injection Molding) technology and our unique 3D printing platform, go from prototyping to production with the same materials and process.

Markforged currently offer the metals listed below.  If you need something else, we can have that conversation as well.

Markforged Metal X Prints of metal clutch lever

17-4 STAINLESS

17-4 stainless steel combines high strength, corrosion resistance, and hardness, making it widely used in aerospace, medical and petroleum industries. We use it for assembly fixtures and tooling on the Mark X. 

316L STAINLESS

Also known as marine grade stainless steel, 316L stainless steel exhibits very good corrosion resistance and excellent weld-ability. 

6061 ALUMINIUM

As a general purpose aluminum, 6061 combines good machinability, strength, and weldability. It can additionally be anodized with a good finish. We use it for many of the machined components in the Mark X.

A2 TOOL STEEL

A-2 tool steel is air-hardened with excellent impact resistance. We use it for punches, dies, and form tooling on the Mark X. 

D2 TOOL STEEL

The high carbon and chromium content of D-2 tool steel provides great hardness and abrasion resistance (but not as tough as A-2). D-2 is often used for cutting tools. 

7075 ALUMINIUM

7075 Aluminum is one of the strongest aluminum alloys. With good fatigue strength and a high strength-to-weight ratio, this alloy is stronger than common structural steels.

INCONEL 625

Inconel’s strength combined with its impressive heat resistance makes it ideal for heat and pressure shielding. This superalloy is used in jet engines and medical applications, is very hard to machine. 

TITANIUM Ti-6Al-4V

Titanium 6-4 is ideal for lightweight applications and has both high tensile strength and fatigue resistance. This bio-compatible material is widely used in medical applications such as orthopedic joint replacements.

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