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SPECIAL SECTION Additive Manufacturing

markforged's fiber filaments
makes this lightweight
unibody quad-copter
drone possible.

printers may guarantee that a component is printed within 95 percent
accuracy, but the customer doesn't
know what 5 percent of the part will be
flawed. The Mark X's sensor provides
that glimpse into the component's construction and enables the customer to
adjust the printer before it is too late.

Building Reputation
As 3-D printing becomes more pervasive, manufacturers are finding more
ways to use the technology. Much of
Markforged's business now is replacing the creation of aluminum parts in
its customers' workflow. Traditional
aluminum manufacturing is expensive and lengthy for one-off parts.
"The time it takes to create tooling
to produce parts is a pretty long time
if you look at the entire lifecycle," Dilthey says. A 3-D printer can complete
the same job for a fraction of the cost
and have the part delivered the next
day, streamlining the entire manufacturing process.
"Being able to 3-D print aluminum
strength parts changes the game in
how you can leverage 3-D printing in
your manufacturing," she adds.
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The savings from a handful of 3-D
printed parts may seem insubstantial
but it can add up over time. Every time
the design of a part is modified the
company must go through the tooling process again. However, with 3-D
printing the customer must only pay
for the machine one time.
Arow Global, a company that produces window systems for buses
and recreational vehicles, used 3-D
printing to eliminate tooling cost and
speed up production. Through the use
of 3-D printing, Arow took a part that
cost $400 with 420 hours of lead time
from a vendor and moved it in-house,
reducing the cost to $1.59 with 1.92
hours of production time.
The technical capabilities of Markforged's printers and its ability to quickly launch new products have made the
company a rising player in the additive
manufacturing world. In the first half of
2016, Markforged realized sales growth
of 147 percent year-over-year.
However, Gumbert says marketing and awareness are the limiting
factors to the company's growth.
The brand is building its reputation,
but many potential customers still

don't know what Markforged can
offer. The company is working to
change that by investing heavily in
sales, marketing and engineering.
Markforged works to cultivate future potential employees by supporting robotics competitions, university
events and STEM programs at high
schools, Dilthey adds. "We're always
looking for smart, new graduating engineers to come onto the engineering
and applications team because they
always seem the most hungry in because they are motivated to work hard
to make Markforged successful."
The pool of potential customers
continues to grow as more companies realize the benefits of 3-D printing for manufacturing processes and
industrial automation. Markforged
can help those businesses expand
their materials, scale parts and relieve pain points around custom
manufacturing and inventory, Gumbert says. "Things that will make a big
impact on businesses, we're going to
try to print it," she adds. "We're aiming to change manufacturing, supply
chain and inventory managing all for
the better." mt


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