Manufacturer of the Mark Two composite fibre 3D printer, Markforged, has released a new material: Onyx, a micro-carbon reinforce nylon, designed for 3D printing parts with industrial strength.
The company’s industrial-grade 3D printer creates strong objects by reinforcing nylon parts with strand of carbon fiber, fiberglass, and Kevlar. The printer uses two print heads – one that builds the nylon part and the other reinforces the part with continuous fiber.
The embedded micro-carbon fibres enhance the performance of parts in terms of rigidity, dimensional stability, and environmental resistance. According to the developers, no post processing is necessary and parts feature a remarkable surface quality with a matte black finish.
“After hundreds of broken beams and countless reformulations, we’ve created a new material that raises the standard for strength and accuracy,” explains Markforged’s Chief Scientist Tony Gozdz, “Onyx has more than three times the stiffness of ordinary nylons, and with a heat deflection temperature of 145C, Onyx is perfectly suited for vehicles, machinery, and automation equipment.”
Onyx is available to all owners of the Mark Two Enterprise Kit.