Carbon fibre is a wonderful material, both strong and lightweight. But building with it is both intimidatingly complex and prohibitively expensive—which is why Mark Forged has developed this new 3D printer which can build using the stuff.
Unveiled at SolidWorks World 2014 in San Diego, the Mark One can print in carbon fibre, fiberglass, nylon and PLA. And perhaps most strikingly it looks sleek. Real sleek. Almost like Jonathan Ive has a hand in designing it. In fact, it measures just 58 cm wide, 30 cm tall and 33 cm deep, so it could even sit on a desktop alongside your Mac if you were so inclined.
The carbon fibre parts that the printer produces are 20 times stiffer and five times stronger than ABS, the commonly 3D-printed material, and have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than CNC-machined 6061-T6 aluminium. Initially inspired by a desire to prototype racecar wings more quickly, there are many applications which would be well-served by the technology—from medical prosthetics to hobbyist drone manufacture. [Mark Forged via Popular Mechanics]