Markforged, a 3D printer manufacturer startup based in Boston, has produced printers that are designed to create carbon fiber-infused objects using a standard filament printing system and both can produce items that can replace or are stronger than steel objects. Thanks to the complex scanning and measurement systems built into these units, users can receive a 3D printer model and print it to exacting specifications. The system also has a failsafe mode that restarts at any time as the laser scanner can check to see exactly where the print stopped. Greg Mark, CEO of Markforged, said that “Customers can now, with ease, print same-day parts that optimize strength and affordability for their specific needs”.
The printing technology used by the startup has auto-leveling and scanning systems to ensure each printed object is exactly like every other. They use Markforged’s special thermoplastic fiber filament. This means you can print both usable parts and usable tools using the same machine and, thanks to the fiberglass weave, you can ensure that the piece won’t snap on use. The startup has been creating its niche among the 3D printing community and this development will give a boost to its future revenue base as well as the promise of 3D printers.