World’s First 3D Carbon Fiber Printer

In January, MarkForged released the world’s first 3D printer capable of printing with carbon fiber. Most 3D printers print in some plastic form. Carbon fiber is 20 times stiffer than standard ABS plastic and five times stronger. It also prints in fiberglass, nylon, and PLA (another commonly used plastic material). It gives users the ability to print their earliest prototype in PLA instead of the more costly carbon fiber material. The Mark One will cost $5,000 and features two spools– one for carbon fiber, one for PLA or Nylon. The Mark One also offers a self-leveling printing bed that checks its position before each print, a process called “kinematic coupling.”
Read more from Composites Manufacturing, January 31, 2014