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Printer produces carbon fiber parts five times stronger than ABS

We are all familiar with 3D printers available today, which can typically make objects you can hold in your hands from resin or plastic materials. However, Gregory Mark is an owner of a company that makes racecar wings out of carbon fiber. The normal process for making these wings is time and labor intensive.
He though it might speed things up if the company could use a 3D printer for constructing some of its parts. The catch was that no 3D printers on the market today could use the expensive material. But that didn’t stop Mark from creating his own 3D printer that can use carbon fiber: the MarkForged Mark One.

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The device prints in carbon fiber when needed, but can also work with “lesser” materials. It can print with fiberglass, nylon, and polylactide (PLA). It features an anodized aluminum body, translucent printing bed, and kinematic coupling to keep the bed of the printer level.
"We took the idea of 3D printing, that process of laying things down strand by strand, and we used it as a manufacturing process to make composite parts," he told Popular Mechanics. "We say it's like regular 3D printers do the form. We do form and function."

The printer is 22.6" wide, 14.2" tall, and 12.7" deep making it fit on a desktop easily. Using carbon fiber, the Mark One can print parts that are 20 times stiffer and five times stronger than ABS plastic. The parts also have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than CNC machined aluminum.
The printer obviously has the potential to be used outside the car parts industry, and the medical prosthetic industry is reportedly interested in taking the Mark One for a spin.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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Remember that 3D printed plastic firearms?
By superPC on 1/29/14, Rating: 0
RE: Remember that 3D printed plastic firearms?
By Alexvrb on 1/29/2014 11:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
By not criminalizing firearm ownership (and concealed carry) for law-abiding citizens? Nothing you do will stop criminals from possessing weapons illegally.

RE: Remember that 3D printed plastic firearms?
By superPC on 1/30/2014 12:42:32 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not talking about criminals here. I'm talking about everyone. Angry hateful pre teen that darkly dream their classmate and teachers demise, collage students or office workers, they don't usually have access to gun even illegally. With this, they can easily print a gun, shoot someone and get away with it (since acid can dissolve carbon fiber ).

How do we deal with that?

RE: Remember that 3D printed plastic firearms?
By DopeFishhh on 1/30/2014 2:30:13 AM , Rating: 2
How about dealing with your societies issues?

Seriously, this is a complex issue so ignore the politicians. They will try to sell you their wizz bang all in one solution that solves all the problems because its easier to market that than trying to explain the plethora of things that need to be done in order to get the result.

You can't just ban guns and expect that to solve anything, and arming everyone is just as likely to fail.

By superPC on 1/30/2014 3:20:03 AM , Rating: 2
Societies always has issues. Ever since the first one formed millennia ago. But this is on a whole new level. This can make a whole lot of bloody mess (literally). Multi material printer able to create composite plastic & fiber as strong as some aluminum alloy? This changes everything. None of our check and balances, our investigative abilities can crack a murder if the murder weapon can simply be dissolved. People has no fear anymore on committing murder since practically anyone can get away with it.

RE: Remember that 3D printed plastic firearms?
By wookie1 on 1/30/2014 11:05:31 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't someone (hateful or not) that injures or kills someone a criminal? If they're planning on murder and the likely consequences of that, do you really think they care about if it's legal to own or make a weapon? There is no way to stop people from casting/forging/machining/printing a weapon. Making something illegal doesn't stop those who want to commit a crime. Preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves is not the answer.

RE: Remember that 3D printed plastic firearms?
By Alexvrb on 1/31/2014 12:21:56 AM , Rating: 2
Bingo. They're always focused on the weapon. You can kill someone with a sharp stick and then toss it in the woods. It's the humans that you need to be focused on. How about we try not to slide deeper into corruption and decay? How about we lock dangerous lunatics up?

You know, or we could just add sticks and stones to the banned items list. Maybe put cameras all over the planet so you can see everything, everywhere. :/

By superPC on 1/31/2014 7:35:02 AM , Rating: 2
It's all a matter of deterrent. The possibility of being caught discourages a lot of criminals. There’s almost no criminal case where a conviction is made when the murder weapon can’t be found. Therefore with firearms that can dissolve in acid, the possibility of getting away with murder is very high. So regular people who usually refrain themselves from committing murder for fear of being caught wouldn’t be as restrained (I don’t have any survey result that I can quote, but I believe there’s a significant number of these kind of people).

Is this is a typo?
By inighthawki on 1/29/2014 11:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
The printer is 2.6" wide, 14.2" tall, and 12.7" deep ...

Is this a typo? 2.6" does not seem right...

RE: Is this is a typo?
By Brandon Hill on 1/29/2014 11:19:21 AM , Rating: 2
Fixed, it's supposed to be 22.6"

RE: Is this is a typo?
By inighthawki on 1/29/2014 11:28:56 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks, that makes a lot more sense :)

I want one of these
By troysavary on 1/29/2014 12:36:58 PM , Rating: 2
My knees are just about shot. Maybe it is time to print myself some carbon fiber ones.

Seriously though, it would be cool to be able to print some replacement parts for fragile toys my kids have that might be able to take some punishment.

RE: I want one of these
By FITCamaro on 1/29/2014 1:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
I could see it being used to inexpensively make small parts for cars as well. Granted if they build bigger ones, then they can potentially print body panels.

This is the future
By inperfectdarkness on 1/30/2014 6:28:56 AM , Rating: 2
I've been anticipating this for a couple years. 3D printed CF is just another step. It will drastically reduce the cost of CF parts, as CAD templates can be stored instead of actual inventory--giving rise to On Demand manufacturing at a significant cost-savings. It also means that more niche products (like cars with a small customer base), can still get access to parts they might not otherwise have--because "held" inventory doesn't cost the supplier anything.

I expect that within a couple decades, virtually every part on a car will be able to be "printed" on demand; everything from a door panel to an engine block. This will greatly reduce costs for consumers, dramatically improve recycling, and drastically alter the function of "junkyards" in the automotive business. 3D scanning of older car parts will also be integral to this process, saving an engineer from having to hand-render part specs into a CAD file.

Some day, perhaps even within my lifetime, I'll be able to go to my local Auto Zone, and they'll print me the car parts I need while I wait.

RE: This is the future
By wookie1 on 1/30/2014 11:10:33 AM , Rating: 2
That would be awesome. Some major advances are needed in the 3D printing first, though. Right now it would still be way more cost effective to use conventional processes to make parts because it takes forever to print parts. Maybe the megadollar machines are faster, but the machines available to hobbyists take hours to print fairly small parts.

Currently, the big value of 3D printing is rapid prototyping and such. Making camera stands or other light fixturing for things or architectural models are the main things I've seen effective (not counting making small toys and craft items).

3D Chocolate Printer
By Spookster on 1/29/2014 1:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
Hershey is busy working on developing a 3D chocolate printer. WANT!!!

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