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Markforged releases field-deployable industrial 3D printer

Markforged 3D printer

The X7 FE is a ruggedised, field-deployable industrial 3D printer for tactical response to inventory challenges in remote locations.

The X7 FE is a ruggedised, field-deployable industrial 3D printer for tactical response to inventory challenges in remote locations.

Markforged produces integrated metal and carbon fibre additive manufacturing platform, The Digital Forge. The X7 Field Edition, is one of the three key additions to the platform, which include the Metal X Gen 2, and the Next Day Metal.

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The company has designed the X7 FE with a rotomolded high-impact polyethylene Pelican case to protect it during transportation through harsh environments. The case contains all the tools, spare parts, and materials required for maintenance and repair operations in the field.

According to Shai Terem, president and CEO of Markforged, the development of the robust X7 FE is a step towards modernising manufacturing.

“Since Markforged shipped our first printer, we’ve been committed to quality and continuous improvement, always looking for simpler, smarter, and more robust ways to empower our customers to build anything they can imagine,” Terem said.

“Manufacturers are up against many challenges in today’s market — from supply chain challenges like rising supply costs and shipping delays to increased pressure from the market to innovate faster and stay ahead of the competition.

The X7 FE unit can be dropped directly into harsh environments like combat zones and exploration sites and be printing in less than two minutes.

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“The addition of the Metal X (Gen 2), Next Day Metal, and the X7 FE to our Digital Forge are important steps towards reinventing manufacturing today so that we are all more resilient tomorrow anywhere in the world,” Terem added.

Markforged has designed the X7 FE and the other key additions to Digital Forge to enable manufacturers to recover faster when parts break, operate with less on-hand inventory, and minimise equipment downtime.

To address the global supply chain challenges, Markforged aims to enable efficient and safe parts production at the point of need, whether on a factory floor or deployed in the most remote areas of the world.

[Related: Northrop Grumman tests new ‘Terracotta’ sensor]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Journalist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

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