The Markforged X5 is an FDM professional 3D printer. It’s successfully used in prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. It comes ready to print. It features a CFF dual-nozzle system, which consents to integrate a continuous strand of fiberglass into the proprietary filament. As for the other X series Makerforged’s printers, the X5 is equipped with an ultra-precise, integrated laser. It allows for extreme bed leveling accuracy. The laser also works as a fail-safe system. In case of a power failure, it is able to determine where a print stopped. A dedicated sensor keeps you updated about the filament loading status. Thanks to its versatility, the printer is used for many applications in different working sectors. For example, it was used by Arc34 to print end-use GoPro mounts. Scroll down for a deeper review.
Arc34 has developed the PDQ mount. The device has been designed to perform under all weather conditions and in any kind of environment. It must ensure high strength and extreme security to prevent the risk of falling. After testing various materials (metal sheets, ABS, and more), the fiberglass reinforced Onyx proved to be the best solution to meet the company requirements. It is strong enough to hold and protect the camera and it also is cost-effective. Arc34 currently uses the Markforged X5 to turn its designs into real, end-use parts in short times.
The Markforged X5 is an FDM 3D printer that can print layers at 50 microns. This way you can produce parts with smooth exterior surfaces. It delivers strong parts at high speed maximizing your productivity and dramatically reducing the manufacturing cost. It also ensures high repeatability and reliability.
The Markforged X5 has two nozzles of 0.4 and 0.9 mm in diameter, giving you the best balance between speed and detail.
The print head runs on rods with linear bearings, making the design more simple, lightweight and effective, all characteristics that are desirable in a 3D printer.
The Markforged X5 prints with fiberglass reinforced Onyx, a proprietary filament made of nylon. The fiberglass is as strong as carbon fiber but stiffer.
The extruder comes with a fan for cooling the model down and reducing warping and stringing. It generally makes for higher quality prints.
Unlike many FDM printers, the Markforged X5 has a heated print bed and closed print chamber to ensure high performance and no shrinkage issues.
The Markforged X5 only works with own-brand, chipped filament cartridges. This ensures quality, as all the branded materials go through a strict quality assurance process.
The build area of 13 x 10.6 x 7.9 inches (330 x 270 x 200 mm) lets you print just about anything. The great print sizes along with the performance filament allow for the creation of custom, industrial-grade parts suitable for a variety of professional applications.
The printer features a USB slot for tethering and a fitted, 4.3-inch touchscreen for standalone printing. The display is simple-to-use and user-friendly. The proprietary software lets you remotely operate the printer from any web browser.
3D models can be printed from computer via WiFi, Ethernet, and USB Drive.
The printer works with the in-house Makerforged’s Eiger software. This easy-to-use, free, cloud-based program offers a variety of advanced features to streamline the printing process. It enables you to import and then slice the printing models directly online from a web browser. It adopts automatic version control, real-time fleet management, and cloud-based collaboration. The advanced control mode lets you have full control over your prints. Eiger runs on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
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Markforged X5 is available in gray color. Its stylish look makes it ideal for both rapid prototyping and end-user, small-to-medium production.
The printer dimensions are 23 x 19 x 36 inches (584 x 483 x 914 mm). It weighs 101 lb (46 kg). The spool holder is mounted inside.
The price of the Markforged X5 is $49,990.00, which is reasonable considering its functionality and industrial-grade quality.