Markforged Announces New Onyx One Carbon Fiber 3D Printer

Markforged announced the Onyx One carbon fiber 3d printer is now available in North America (followed by the rest of world in Q1 of 2017). It enables users to take advantage of the popular Onyx material at a broadly accessible price. Markforged introduced Onyx filament earlier this year which rapidly became its best-selling material. Made of chopped carbon fiber within nylon for twice the strength and stiffness of pure plastic, parts printed in Onyx have an elegant carbon black finish directly off the printer. The material is designed for end-use applications as well as prototyping with a finished look requiring no post-processing.

“Our belief is that every designer and engineer should have broad access to strong, elegant parts from a reliable printer they love to use.” says Greg Mark, CEO of Markforged. “With the Onyx One, we provide our customers with superior parts in a seamless integrated system of hardware, material and software to deliver a quality experience at an accessible price point.”

Buyers seeking much stronger parts can step up to the new Onyx Pro, which features a second print head and continuous fiberglass reinforcement. At a $7,000 price point ($8,000 in Europe) the Onyx Pro prints composites reinforced with continuous fiberglass for 5 times the strength of Onyx alone. The Mark Two, at a price point of $13,500, delivers metal-strength composites with continuous carbon fiber for 10 times the strength of plastics.

“Buyers of the Onyx One can upgrade their printer in the field to an Onyx Pro when they’re ready for the extra advanced fiberglass composite parts,” says Mark. “We purposefully designed the entry point Onyx One with an easy path to higher strength for our customers without requiring them to purchase a different printer. Or, they can trade up to the Mark Two for continuous carbon fiber reinforcement, for amazingly strong parts in addition to the impact-resistant Kevlar and high-strength, high temperature fiberglass.”

Markforged printers combine hardware, materials and software with cloud enablement allowing frequent updates and improvements for all Markforged owners - also unique in 3D printing. With the Onyx Series launch, there will be a Turbo Print speed option available to all Markforged owners to significantly reduce print time for select parts.

The flagship Mark X industrial-scale printer at a price of $69,000 launched October of 2016 features in-process part inspection using a laser micrometer, a larger build size and other precision capabilities rounds out the Markforged portfolio.

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