Your Guide to Buying Markforged 3D Printers

This comprehensive guide was created to answer some of the most common questions people have before buying Markforged 3D Printers.

GETTING STARTED

Where to Buy Markforged 3D Printers

Find a Markforged Reseller

The only way to buy Markforged 3D Printers is through a certified Markforged reseller like EXBuild.

Markforged printers are sold through a network of certified resellers which provide additional services, product training and ongoing support.

EXBuild is your Markforged reseller for Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Browse our office locations to find one near you.

Not located in our territory? Head over to the Markforged website to request your quote.

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How to Buy a 3D Printer

Interested in purchasing a 3D printer but not sure how to get started? We’ve outlined 5 recommended steps to point you in the right direction.

Step 1: Know Your Needs

The most important step in making a 3D printer purchase is to have an internal discussion about your needs. There are many questions you need to answer internally before you can really start any effective research, including:

  • What do you plan to use the printer for? 
  • What types of parts will you be printing, and in what volume? 
  • What specifications do those parts need to meet? 
  • How much room do you have in your shop for printers? 
  • What is your budget?

Step 2: Do Your Research

Once you have identified your needs from a 3D printer, you can start to do some effective research into machines that fit your specifications. Look into materials, features, size and cost to fit your production needs. One of the quickest ways to find suitable machines is to download data sheets from manufacturer or reseller websites. You may also want to attend educational events or trade shows to see printers in action, hold parts printed on them or discuss your needs with a 3D printing expert.

Step 3: Product Demonstration

The next step is often to request a demonstration of the printer(s) you want so that you can discuss applications and your needs with a 3D printing expert in a one-on-one setting. You will have dedicated time to review your specific products needs and budget to determine the best fit. You can also request a sample part to ensure the printer can meet your specifications.

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Step 4: Quote & Purchasing Process

Once you have decided on the right hardware for your application, the next step will be to request a proposal or quote that includes the details of the product(s), all associated costs, as well as any potential services recommended. From there, you would work on issuing a purchase order and securing payment to complete the purchase.

Step 5: Delivery & Setup

Once your order has been processed, Markforged will ship your new 3D printer directly to you. You will receive shipping notifications as well as a tracking number.

If you purchased a metal printer, the installation guide and prerequisites will be reviewed with you prior to purchase.

For composite 3D printers, once you have taken delivery, setup is simple. Simply follow the appropriate Quick Start Guide. You can also contact the EXBuild Technical Support team for assistance.

 

Selecting the Right 3D Printing Material

Which material is right for your applications?

Before you can select a 3D printer, you have to know what material will work best for the parts you are planning to print. There is a wide array of materials available with varying properties, from plastics to metals. Below is an overview of the materials used by Markforged printers to help you choose the best solution:

Composite Printing Materials

Composite parts are made from two materials - an exterior shell and reinforcement fibers. When the two materials are combined, the 3D printed parts have synergistic properties different from the original materials. Markforged uses Onyx thermoplastic which is already a composite material and then combines with continuous fibers for reinforcement to make industrial-strength 3D printed plastic parts.

BASE THERMOPLASTIC MATERIALS

Onyx 
Nylon mixed with chopped carbon fiber
1.4x stronger than ABS
Tolerant to heat and chemicals
Excellent surface finish

Onyx FR 
Nylon mixed with chopped carbon fiber
Flame Retardant
Light Weight

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INTERNAL REINFORCEMENT MATERIALS

Fiberglass
Entry Level Continuous Fiber
11x more rigid than ABS
High strength at accessible price

Fiberglass HSHT 
High Strength High Temperature
29x more impact resistant than ABS
Heat deflection up to 302 degrees Fahrenheit

Kevlar
Bends further than any other fiber
8x more impact resistant than ABS
15% lighter than other reinforcement fibers

Carbon Fiber 
Highest strength-to-weight ratio fiber
8x stronger than ABS
20% stronger than aluminum

 

Metal Printing Materials

Markforged has developed completely safe 3D printing metal technology by binding the metal powder in a plastic matrix. 3D printed metal parts from Markforged metal printers are up to 10x less expensive than alternative metal additive manufacturing technologies and up to 100x less expensive than traditional metal fabrication methods.

A2 Tool Steel
Universal Cold-Work Steel

D2 Tool Steel
High Carbon, High Chromium Tool Steel
For applications that require sharp edges, abrasion resistance and compressive strength

H13 Tool Steel
Optimized for High-Temperature and High-Wear
Ideal for molds and wear-resistant pieces
Withstands drastic cooling

17-4 PH Stainless Steel
Reaches 95% wrought strength under equal heat treatment
Excellent for low volume parts

Copper
Excellent thermal and electrical conductivity
Ideal for heat exchangers and power distribution components.

Inconel
Nickel-Chromium-Based Superalloy
Resistant to corrosion
Resistant to high temperatures

316 Stainless Steel - COMING SOON!
Marine-Grade Stainless Steel
Corrosion resistance
Weldability

Ti-6AI-4V - COMING SOON!
Titanium
Highest metal strength-to-weight ratio
Lightweight applications
Corrosion resistance

How to Choose a Markforged 3D Printer

Which 3D printer is right for you?

As mentioned previously, finding the right 3D printer is all about knowing your needs. Once you know your needs and how you plan to use your printer, you can find the perfect machine for your use case and budget. If you are seeking an industrial-grade 3D printer, Markforged is the brand for you. Below is an overview of the printers we sell to help you choose the best solution.

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Markforged Onyx One

Stiff. Precise. Affordable.
The Onyx One brings the precision engineering of industrial printers to the desktop. The Onyx parts printed on this printer are stiff and stable engineering grade plastic parts.

Markforged Onyx Pro

Strong. Rigid. Affordable.
Get industrial-grade performance in a desktop printer for the perfect blend of quality and affordability. Using the Continuous Filament Fabrication (CFF) technology, the Onyx Pro combines the toughness of the Onyx nylon filament with the strength and stiffness of fiberglass reinforcement.

Markforged Mark Two

Precision. Performance. Speed.
This desktop 3D printer is small but tough, producing high-performance parts. Similar to the Onyx Pro, the Mark Two uses CFF technology to build strong, internally reinforced parts, but the Mark Two ups the ante with the ability to print a variety of materials.

Markforged Metal X 3D

Safe. Strong. Affordable.
The Metal X is a complete 3D metal printing solution and provides everything you need to go from design to fully functional metal parts at a fraction of the cost of traditional metal fabrication methods. Markforged eliminates the safety risks of other metal 3D printing technologies by binding the metal powder in plastic during the printing process.

Markforged X3

Tough. Reliable. Precise.
The Markforged X3 is built for toughness - both from the printer itself and the parts it prints. The machine itself is built to withstand tough manufacturing floor environments. The Onyx parts printed with the Markforged X3 are designed to be 20% stronger and 40% stiffer than ABS parts.

Markforged X5

Strong. Precise. Affordable.
The Markforged X5 prints fiberglass composite parts faster and cheaper than machining to replace your more expensive aluminum parts. The composite of Onyx and fiberglass makes parts that are 20x stronger than ABS: perfect for tooling, fixtures and functional prototypes.

Markforged X7

Strong. Lightweight. Fast.
The Markforged X7 was built for best-in-class performance, quality and precision. X7 printed parts are strong, lightweight and versatile, standing up to the toughest applications. And with Turbo Print — only available on the X7 — your parts can be ready the same day.

What is the Price of Markforged 3D Printers?

How much do Markforged 3D printers cost?

Costs of Markforged 3D printers vary greatly based on the size of printer and type of materials you need. As a starting point, the Onyx Pro desktop printer is $9,999. There are also Success Plans available for all Markforged printers which cover priority support, replacement printer parts and more.

Download our Markforged Price List (PDF) to get a comprehensive look at pricing and specs for all of our 3D Printers.

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Top 3D Printing Resources

Dive in Deeper on 3D Printing

Browse our recommended resources below to learn more about Markforged products and benefits of 3D Printing:

  1. Article: Is Your Shop Ready for 3D Printing?
  2. White Paper: 3D Printing Buyers Guide
  3. White Paper: Guide to Leveraging Continuous Fiber for Strong 3D Printing
  4. eBook: Five Applications of Metal 3D Printing

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