Articles by Kainon Irons

Articles by Kainon Irons

3D Application Engineer at Hawk Ridge Systems
Are Markforged 3D Printed Parts Airtight and Watertight?

Are Markforged 3D Printed Parts Airtight and Watertight?

Markforged 3D printed parts are known for looking great and being incredibly strong but are they watertight and airtight? We ended up doing a little experiment to find out the answer to this question using a series of printed pressure vessels out of Onyx material on the Markforged X7 3D printer. Each pressure vessel had different wall thicknesses ranging from 5mm down to 2mm thick. I have to admit, the results were surprising! 

September 9, 2022
How to Choose the Best Infill Pattern for Your Markforged 3D Prints

How to Choose the Best Infill Pattern for Your Markforged 3D Prints

Selecting a proper infill structure for your Markforged 3D printed parts may not be something you have spent time considering as part of your design process. After all, the default print settings tend to be top-notch most of the time, why change it? In today’s article, we are going to look at the pros and cons of branching out to other infill patterns specifically on a Markforged 3D printer.

August 24, 2022
How to Install Offline Eiger from Markforged

How to Install Offline Eiger from Markforged

Offline Eiger is a convenient Markforged software solution for companies that have higher security requirements such as DOD, aerospace, automotive, and certain tech sectors. This article will detail how to go about obtaining and installing an offline Eiger license so you can be printing off the cloud in no time!

Create an Online Eiger Organization

The first step as counterintuitive as it may seem is to create an online Eiger account for your organization. If you already have an Eiger organization, feel free to skip this section. It is important to select a team member to act as administrator so they can add other team members to the new organization. To do this, have the administrator navigate to eiger.io and fill in the prompts to create an account.

August 11, 2022
How to Utilize the 3D Printing ROI Calculator

How to Utilize the 3D Printing ROI Calculator

The Hawk Ridge Systems 3DP ROI Calculator is a powerful tool for understanding the investment and payback period for additive equipment. The tool can also be used to understand the part cost and production estimates, as well as unique geometries. When considering additive equipment, it is key to understand both items to make smart business decisions. This article will explain how the calculator works in greater detail and provide insight into how to create a strong ROI using this tool.

Identify a Geometry that Has Value to Your Organization

Identifying a part file or series of part files for your ROI calculation is critical for creating a strong justification. Ideally, you want to know what it currently costs you to produce this part file, as well as understand the lead times and labor involved. Good candidates for ROI justifications are parts that have been difficult or costly to produce in the past. Perhaps parts are being produced overseas and the lead times and supply chain disruptions are causing production delays. Some parts also lend themselves well to an additive process much better than traditional manufacturing processes. Areas where you see many design revisions or if the design requires custom elements with each unit are perfect for additive manufacturing.

June 6, 2022
5 Reasons to Metal Plate Your 3D Printed Parts

5 Reasons to Metal Plate Your 3D Printed Parts

The practice of metal plating or metallization of plastic parts has been in use for a long time. Many folks do not realize that thermoplastic 3D printed parts can also undergo this same process with amazing results. We have seen firsthand that this process works well with many HP Jet Fusion and Markforged thermoplastic materials.

Metallization allows for targeted metal properties on lightweight and in-expensive plastics that can be printed with complex geometries that are unattainable with traditional manufacturing. In today’s blog, we are going to remove the veil look at 5 reasons to metal plate your 3D printed parts.

June 2, 2022