Markforged allows open access to 3D printing system for Australian industry

The launch of the Markforged's FX20 printer in October last year. Image credit: Swinburne University

American additive manufacturing company Markforged said it is cooperating with the Australian industry to advance the capabilities of additive manufacturing by granting public access to its composite 3D printer.

According to a news released by the non-profit AMDA Foundation, Australian manufacturers now have access to Markforged’s FX20 printer at Swinburne University’s Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub)

The system is said to be the first of its kind to be openly accessible to the industry in Australia for use in research and development in an effort to promote new aerospace innovation and support the continued development of the local sector.

Markforged’s most recent addition to The Digital Forge line, the FX20 opens up a whole new range of products, problems and industries using its Continuous Fibre Reinforcement and Ultem 9085 thermoplastic.

The 3D printing system is said to be primarily designed for high-strength end-use parts in the aerospace, defence, automotive and energy industries.

It also features a heated build chamber capable of maintaining a temperature of up to 200 degrees celsius to print flame-retardant, high-performance thermoplastic material.

Australian manufacturers who are interested in the product may visit Centralian Controls’ stand within the AVALON 2023 exhibition that will take place from 28 February to 5 March at the Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria. 

Centralian Controls is a South Australian-owned and operated company specialising in the supply and production of advanced process control, industrial automation and IoT equipment and solutions including Markforged 3D printing technology.