Printing materials for Markforged 3D printers
Markforged offers the widest selection of printing materials, from aluminium to titanium to carbon fibre. The creation of high-strength functional components such as tools, fixtures, templates, assembly tools, assembly aids, production tools is readily available thanks to the unique range of materials.
Onyx delivers stiff, strong and accurate parts. It is 1.4 times stronger and stiffer than ABS and has an outstanding surface finish. Nylon parts are flexible and impact resistant. Onyx and nylon can each be reinforced with Markforged continuous fibre materials.
A combination of two printing materials, composite parts are incredibly strong and versatile. Our unique manufacturing process allows you to print parts that are many times stiffer and stronger than typical 3D printed objects.
The combination of proven MIM technology (Metal Injection Moulding) and our unique 3D printing platform allows you to use the same materials and processes in both prototyping and production.
Basic materials (plastic matrix)
In Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), the printer heats the thermoplastic fibre until the melting point is almost reached. Through nozzles, the material is then applied layer by layer, creating a plastic matrix. Markforged 3D printers print all thermoplastics using this method.
Onyx (Nylon/PA6 with Micro-Carbon Fibre)
Onyx is a technical thermoplastic. Onyx provides stiff, strong and precise parts. Alone, the material is already 1.4 times stiffer than ABS and can also be reinforced with any continuous fibre. Onyx raises the bar when it comes to surface texture, chemical resistance and heat tolerance.
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Flexural strength 81 MPa
Bending stiffness 2,9 GPa
£ 145 / 800cm3
Nylon is a tough flexible thermoplastic. Nylon parts are flexible and impact resistant and can be used with any Markforged printer. With continuous Carbon fibre the material strengthens the base material and particularly suits environments where strength, rigidity and impact resistance is required.
Flexural strength 32 MPa
Bending stiffness 0,84 GPa
£ 130 / 800cm3
Composite printing materials (fibre reinforcement)
Continuous Filament Fabrication (CFF) is our unique and proprietary technology that adds fibre reinforcement to printed parts. Within the thermoplastic matrix continuous fibre strands are laid. The user decides which layers are amplified, in which direction the fibre is arranged and makes a choice of strengthening material.
Carbon fibre has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any of our reinforcing fibres. Six times stronger and eighteen times stiffer than onyx, carbon fibre is used primarily in parts designed to replace aluminium parts.
Flexural strength 470 MPa
Flexural rigidity 51 GPallen
£ 115 / 50 cm3
£ 345 / 150 cm3
Glass fibre offers high strength at an affordable price. Glass fibre is 2.5 times stronger and eight times stiffer than onyx and reinforces parts to provide strong and robust components.
Flexural strength 210 MPa
Flexural rigidity 22 GPa
£ 59 / 50 cm3
£ 170 / 150 cm3
HSHT Glass Fibre
High Strength High Temperature (HSHT) fibre has aluminium-like strength and temperature resistance. It is five times as strong and seven times as stiff as onyx and best suited for use in high operating temperatures
Flexural strength 420 MPa
Bending stiffness 21 GPa
£ 79 / 50 cm3
£ 230 / 150 cm3
Lightweight, durable and strong. Kevlar® has excellent durability. This makes it the optimal material for repeated and sudden loads. It is as stiff as glass fibre, but much more stretchable, and is often used in gripper technology.
Flexural strength 190 MPa
Bending stiffness 26 GPa
£ 79 / 50 cm3
£ 225 / 150 cm3
The combination of proven MIM technology (Metal Injection Moulding) and our unique 3D printing platform allows you to use the same printing materials and processes in both prototyping and production.
17-4 Stainless Steel
17-4 stainless steel combines high strength, corrosion resistance and hardness and is therefore widely used in the aerospace, medical and petroleum industries. We use it for mounting devices and tools on the Mark X.
As a general-purpose Aluminium, 6061 combines good machinability, strength and weldability. The surface can also be anodized. We use it for many of the components in Mark X.
7075 Aluminium is one of the strongest aluminum alloys. With good fatigue strength and a high strength to weight ratio, this alloy is stronger than conventional structural steels.
Titanium 6-4 is ideal for light applications and has both high tensile strength and fatigue resistance. This biocompatible material is commonly used in medical applications such as orthopaedic joint replacement.
The strength of Inconel 625, combined with its impressive heat resistance, makes it ideal for heat and pressure shielding. This super alloy is used in jet engines and medical applications and is very hard to work with.
The high carbon and chromium content of D-2 tool steel provides high hardness and abrasion resistance (but not as hard as A-2). D-2 is often used for cutting tools.