WATERTOWN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Markforged (NYSE: MKFG), creator of the integrated metal and carbon fiber additive manufacturing platform, The Digital Forge, today announced the addition of Smooth TPU 95A to its portfolio of materials. The new, rubber-like material provides manufacturers with an efficient way to easily and reliably make high-quality, flexible parts on demand in low-to-medium volumes.
What is Smooth TPU?
TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is a rubber-like material used to produce flexible, impact-absorbent parts. When you think of things like gaskets, seals, shock absorbers, hoses, and drive belts, TPU is one of a few materials used to produce these parts. Markforged Smooth TPU is a 3D printing filament that provides the same functionality of traditionally manufactured parts while giving our users the capability to produce custom designs, on demand, at the point of need.
Why did Markforged add Smooth TPU?
Markforged started this program with the goal to provide world-class elastomeric part production to the additive manufacturing space — and after countless engineering hours and numerous iterations, we’re ready to release this truly differentiating product to the world. Manufacturers and product developers alike can now produce rubber-like material properties with the quality, consistency, and ease of use of the Digital Forge — all with minimal user interaction.
What printers are compatible with Smooth TPU?
Smooth TPU 95A is available today, and will be compatible to print on Mark Two (Gen 2) and Onyx Pro (Gen 2) desktop series printers. Markforged also plans to make Smooth TPU available on all industrial series printers with the second-generation A3648 extruder, including the X3, X5, and X7, in Q4 of this year. Users will need a printer with the A3648 extruder (common across all Gen 2 desktop and industrial printers) since Markforged relies on the enhanced capabilities to print Precise PLA reliably.
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- Discover more about Smooth TPU 95A on our Markforged materials page
Markforged (NYSE: MKFG) is reimagining how humans build everything by leading a technology-driven transformation of manufacturing with solutions for enterprises and societies throughout the world. The Markforged Digital Forge brings the power and speed of agile software development to industrial manufacturing, combining hardware, software, and materials to solve supply chain problems right at the point-of-need. Engineers, designers, and manufacturing professionals all over the world rely on Markforged metal and composite printers for tooling, fixtures, functional prototyping, and high-value end-use production. Markforged is headquartered in Watertown, Mass., where it designs its products with over 350 employees worldwide. To learn more, visit www.markforged.com.
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