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Carbon fibre 3D printer by Mark Forg3d is now available to pre-order

Updated Costs a pretty penny
Wed Feb 19 2014, 10:37

THE CARBON FIBRE 3D PRINTER that was unveiled at the Solidworks World 2014 convention in San Diego last month is now available to pre-order for a whopping $8,799 - around £5,300.

Its maker, Mark Forg3d has made the printer available for pre-order through a developer kit, meaning if you have the cash laying around, the 3D printer will be in the expedited build and shipping queue and delivered to you before anyone else. 

Mark Forg3d claims the Mark One is the world's first printer to produce composite materials and is designed to overcome the strength limitations of other 3D printed materials.

Mark One 3D Carbon Fibre Printer

"Now you can print parts, tooling, and fixtures with a higher strength to weight ratio than 6061-T6 Aluminum," the Mark One's maker Mark Forg3d said.

With an aim to reduce carbon fiber manufacturing costs, Mark Forg3d claims that the Mark One produces objects that are 20 times as stiff and five times as strong as ABS.

"The incredible strength of carbon fiber comes from the long, continuous strands that carry load down the entire part," the firm added. "This is why space shuttles, rockets, and Formula 1 cars are constructed from continuous strand carbon. And it's how we print. Don't settle for plastic with a dash of chopped carbon fill. Longer is stronger.

The Mark One also prints other materials when you don't need to print objects from super strong materials.

"Make super tough parts with our Nylon Filament. Or load our tried and true, low-cost PLA filament for those quick form and fit prints," the carbon fiber printer maker said.

"And if you need the best cost-to-strength solution, crank out a print using our exclusive Fiberglass Filament that uses the same patented Continuous Filament Fabrication."

The printer will be available for pre-order from March, though it won't come cheap. The carbon fiber printer will be priced at $5,000.

On Monday, Makerbot manufacturer Stratasys unveiled a machine that also claimed a world's first for the 3D printing industry, announcing a multi-material full colour 3D printer.

The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is designed to "change design, engineering and manufacturing processes" by using plastic feedstock in the traditional inkjet colours of Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. µ


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