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Additive Manufacturing SPECIAL SECTION
Markforged / www.markforged.com / HQ: Cambridge, Mass. / Employees: 100 / Specialty: 3-D printing technologies / Rebecca Dilthey,
senior product marketing manager: "We're thinking about the whole 3-D printer experience, not just the hardware."

Material Matters

markforged innovates in every aspect of 3-d
printing to create its machines. by tim o'connor

markforged's onyx material
is used to print a variety of
components such as part
grippers.

As a marketing professional, Cynthia Gumbert knows it is easy to sell
people on individual nuggets of candy, but the jar that Markforged has
filled over the last three years contains
something much sweeter for its manufacturing clients: the realization of better speed, lower costs and improved
reliability in the production line.
In 2011, Greg Mark, an entrepreneur and mechanical and aerospace
engineer from MIT, was running a
company that developed computer-actuated race car wings when he
began thinking about how 3-D printing could be used to manufacture
composite parts more efficiently.
Mark refined the idea and in 2013
founded Markforged to create 3-D

printers capable of producing parts
strong enough for end-use functions.
Markforged is a 3-D printer manufacturer, but more importantly, its
machines are the only way to produce
strong parts from composite fiber on
a desktop. The items that come out of
a Markforged printer are not limited
to prototypes. The use of fibers in the
printing material means the finished
component is exactly as it was designed and precise.
The company's advanced technology has put it in position to grow quickly. Backed by venture capital funding,
Markforged has cultivated thousands
of customers in more than 50 countries
and established a network of nearly 100
resellers in less than three years.

Advancements continue to come
quickly and Markforged launched the
third generation of its 3-D printers in
October with the Mark X. In November, a new Onyx Series of printers was
launched featuring the most accessible
in its lineup: the Onyx One.

Ease of Use
Many companies that started with one
Markforged printer have begun adding more equipment to expand their
manufacturing capabilities. Today,
large automotive manufacturers, U.S.
government agencies such as NASA,
sports equipment makers, research
facilities, machine shops, light-weight
prosthetic makers, custom motorcycle
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