Markforged launches new metal 3D printer with ADAM technology
Markforged has unveiled its new metal 3D printer, the Metal X, which will be marketed under $100k.
Featuring the Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM), Markforged now provides a rapid technique to produce metal parts for manufacturers in demanding industrial, automotive, medical and aerospace industries.
“Until today, the story of metal 3D printing has been million-dollar machines that fill a room,” says CEO Greg Mark. “With the introduction of the Metal X, metal production is easier and more available than ever. Manufacturers and machine shops looking to augment CNC machining or find alternatives now have an answer.
“This revolution is not just about making metal parts – it’s also about making plastic parts from a 3D printed metal mold created in days, instead of months,” Mark continues. “Our mission is to help companies make better products, and get them to market faster.”
The ADAM technique produces robust, accurate parts across a wide range of engineering metals. Parts are printed, layer-by-layer, using a metal powder contained in a plastic binder. After printing, plastic binders are removed and the part sintered into customary engineering metals. By sintering the entire part at once, ADAM technology allows metal crystals to grow through the bonded layers, effectively erasing the layer-to-layer strength reduction of many other 3D printing processes.
At launch, the Metal X will print high-end stainless steels such as 17-4 and 303. Tool Steel for injection molding applications and other metals are actively under development and will be available later this year.
Metal X specs:
Large build volume (250mm x 220mm x 200mm)
In-process laser inspection for dimensional accuracy, introduced with the Mark X in 2016
Integrated metal-material handling system
Full integration with Eiger cloud software platform (available also in local storage and on-premise versions)
Cloud-enabled build camera
The Metal X starts at $99,500 and is available to order now with the ability to print high-end stainless steels 17-4 and 303. It will ship in September. The Metal X and Mark X (Markforged's $69,000 industrial-grade carbon fiber 3D printer), are available in a bundle starting at $149,000.
Purchasers of the Metal X may apply to participate in the Metal Materials Beta program, extending the metal options to include Tool Steel (A-2, D-2, M-2), Aluminum (6061, 7075), and Titanium (6AL 4V).