That’s “Frank.” Frank works in your workshop or Frank works in a production facility to which you outsource your production. Since the entire parts production is controlled by Frank, he controls when you receive your parts and what the company’s production plan looks like. He tells you what you can or cannot do, and his time to create your CAD model is between 2 and 6 weeks. In the worst case, he is based abroad and will take months to produce your parts. In many cases, internal R&D/factory departments give up and decide to outsource parts manufacturing.
Markforged was founded 5 years ago in Greg Marks’ living room, long lead times forced him to look for a better way to produce stable parts. His dream: to enable engineers to obtain high strength parts quickly. Out of this need came the idea of merging carbon fiber production and 3D printing technology, and Markforged was born.