MarkForged unveils new cloud-based software and embedded inserts

World's first 3D printer using continuous fiber reinforcement now enables easily embedded inserts with cloud-based notification of when to pause print and place.

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Continuing to expand the appeal of the world's only continuous composite 3D printer, MarkForged (Somerville, MA, US) unveiled cloud-based 3D printing at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES, Jan 6-9, Las Vegas, NV, US). The Mark One Composite 3D Printer is now available with powerful, easy-to-use cloud-based collaborative software that allows teams to access, change and print models from any device that runs Google's Chrome Browser.

"We thought we'd show part of the potential of the cloud today by rolling out a cool new capability as we unveil our software," said Greg Mark, founder and CEO of MarkForged. "As of today, the Mark One supports embedding of functional electronics and metal structures inside our continuous composite 3D printed parts. Your printer will notify you – via the cloud - when it is time to place your inserts."

The Mark One prints outer contours and curves in engineering nylon and fills each part with close-packed reinforcement in continuous carbon fiber, Kevlar or fiberglass. The printer actively switches between two nozzles during a print, creating fiber-reinforced plastic parts with a strength-to-weight ratio better than aluminum. The print bed clicks into place with 10 micron accuracy between operations to facilitate multi-step processes like insert embedding. Simply pause the print, remove the bed, add components, click the bed back in and continue the print in the exact same position. Fully functional parts are easy to build including embedded electronics, sensors, RFID modules, ball bearings, hard mounting points and more.

The Mark One is currently available for purchase through an extensive network of value-added reseller partners and at www.markforged.com.