January 29, 2014
MarkForged Mark One, world’s first carbon fiber 3D printer priced at $5,000
We all are well aware that carbon fiber has long been a material of choice for automotive and aerospace industry due to its light weight structure and extreme strength, but making components using carbon fiber is a long and daunting. Aeromotions, a company co-owned Gregory Mark builds computer-controlled racecar wings that are built out of carbon fiber. To simplify the process, the company has come up with the world’s first carbon fiber 3D printer named the ‘MarkForged Mark One’. The $5,000 3D printer can potentially revolutionize the aftermarket parts industry and we might witness a flood of carbon fiber components with cheaper price-tags.
It’s not just the automotive industry that will benefit from it, but the carbon fiber 3D printer will find its application in many areas. The 3D printer is small measuring 22.6 x 14.2 x 12.7 inches making it small enough to fit on a desktop. The MarkForged Mark One is capable of printing objects in carbon fiber, fiberglass, nylon, and PLA materials. Objects printed using the carbon fiber printer are 20 times stiffer and five times stronger than ABS. The printer is still in its prototype phase but will sold for $5,000 once it’s ready for retail. The company will start accepting pre-orders for the carbon fiber 3D printer by February and start shipping by this summer.