Jesse Haworth graduated from Oregon State University and has a solid background in providing technical support in both SOLIDWORKS and additive manufacturing products. He now serves as one of our 3D Printing Application Engineers, specializing in HP and Markforged technologies. In his free time, Jesse enjoys fishing, hiking and visiting local breweries.
Even though FEA tools are a huge part of the product development cycle, they are very rarely used in conjunction with 3D printed parts. Variables such as layer heights, sparse infill geometries, and multiple-material builds make it extremely difficult or time-consuming to obtain accurate results using traditional simulation software.
This all changes today with the announcement of Markforged Simulation, a built-in FEA tool that can validate any Onyx or Carbon Fiber reinforced Onyx part uploaded to the Eiger slicing software.
At its core, the field of additive manufacturing is built around sustainability and lowering carbon footprint. 3D printed parts are typically created using only the media that is necessary to form geometry and printers such as the HP Multi Jet Fusion 5200 are even designed to print using mostly recycled material. With supply chain issues becoming increasingly prevalent, being efficient and sustainable is one of the top goals for many organizations. To assist with this, AMT has announced their FDA-approved and completely plant-based vapor smoothing solution, PostPro Pure.
Just like with any manufacturing process, there is no 3D printing material that fits the requirements for every single application. For example, some parts will require extreme strength to succeed in their application while others need high heat resistance. Further still, some parts may require the ability to bend and flex while maintaining chemical resistance to accomplish their intended function. To help with applications such as these, Markforged has added the new Smooth TPU 95A material to their Digital Forge. In this post, we will look at some properties of this new material and how you can use it to further take control of your supply chain.
With their focus on accessibility, Markforged makes it easy for individuals to quickly get up and running with both their printers and software such as Blacksmith. Since any user can quickly start printing on a Markforged system, it could potentially be easy to lose track of administrative items such as user metrics and printer material usage across multiple machines.
With Markforged being most widely known for their hardware and range of printable materials, it can be easy to forget that they are also heavily software-focused as a company. After all, their cloud-based Eiger slicing software is easy to use, scalable and is the only 3D printing slicer to obtain ISO/IEC 27001 security certification.