A Case Study: Cutting costs at InterPRO with Markforged

A Case Study: Cutting costs at InterPRO with Markforged

It is imperative for a successful company to constantly take stock of expenditures and reduce costs where ever feasible. With the Eiger software that comes included with a Markforged machine, there are many ways to tweak designs for maximum strength and minimum cost. With Markforged, reducing cost becomes second nature.

Here at InterPRO, we decided to do an experiment. Can we build a strong, solid part on the Mark Two with the minimum amount of material? We all know the comparison of the cost of plastic to the cost of a machined part but what about keeping the costs down with Markforged parts?

We began with our traditional InterPRO giveaway wrenches used to demonstrate the strength of carbon fiber parts. The wrenches were being built at 50% density, consisting of 10 layers of carbon fiber with 6 concentric rings. This part is extremely strong at these settings. At shows and demonstrations it is imperative for us to demonstrate the potential strength of the parts produced on this system. These wrenches were really tough, but they were just too expensive. At this configuration, each wrench was costing $4.00, which is a higher cost than we wanted for our giveaway part.

Then the experimenting began. We decided to lessen the density to 20% and only put 4 layers of carbon fiber with 2 concentric rings. This is less than half of the fiber filament we were putting in the other wrenches. The outcome was astonishing. This wrench was nearly identical to the others except one very import factor: it cut costs by more than half!

This giveaway wrench now costs InterPRO $1.85 to produce. This will help us produce these parts with the same structural integrity, for half the price. So, before you decide to jam pack your part with continuous fiber filament, try starting with a little bit and work your way up. See what the best ratio is for you and your part, and potentially save lots of money in the long run!


Markforged introduces the Mark X

Earlier this year, we released the Mark Two. The printer included features like the isotropic carbon fiber option, the ability to fit fibers into smaller areas, and higher reliability and repeatability overall. Since then we have broken new grounds with material advancements: our chopped carbon fiber Onyx material providing higher stiffness and a professional surface finish, and our High-Strength, High-Temperature Fiberglass expanding the applications of 3D printing to new heights with a stronger and more heat resistant material.

Today, we add to our portfolio of high strength 3D printers and applications by introducing the Mark X. This new 3D printer takes the strength and quality of the Markforged materials to a new level with increased size, precision, and resolution. While we’ll go more in-depth into some of these in future blog posts and our Mark X Webinar, some of our favorite new features are covered here.

– See more at: https://interpromodels.com/markforged-introduces-mark-x/#sthash.kkfORvov.dpuf


How to Dye Nylon Parts

How to Dye Nylon Parts

Henry Ford is believed to have said, “any customer can have a car painted any color that they want so long as it is black.” Ford eventually offered cars in many more colors once production ramped up. MarkForged is on a similar trajectory – the Mark One is just as revolutionary as the Model T. You can also have parts in any color you like, as long as it’s white, offset by the color of any composites embedded in the part.


Markforged Introduces the Onyx Series: A New Lineup

Markforged Introduces the Onyx Series: A New Lineup

As a company, Markforged promises to enable engineers to create high performance parts by breaking down the barriers between design and a finished product. Our printers consistently deliver parts with the strength, quality, and precision necessary for the engineering and design process.


Markforged Introduces The Metal X, an Industrial Revolution

From the company that revolutionized 3D printing with composite carbon fiber, comes a breakthrough in metal. The Metal X greatly accelerates innovation, delivering metal parts overnight using a new technology at a fraction of the cost.