Markforged innovates in every area of 3-D printing to create machines that produce strong components and tooling suitable for end-use applications. By Tim O’Connor
As a marketing professional, Cynthia Gumbert knows it is easy to sell people on individual nuggets of candy, but the jar that Markforged has filled over the last three years contains something much sweeter for its manufacturing clients: the realization of better speed, lower costs and improved reliability in the production line.
In 2011, Greg Mark, an entrepreneur and mechanical and aerospace engineer from MIT, was running a company that developed computer-actuated race car wings when he began thinking about how 3-D printing could be used to manufacture composite parts more efficiently. Mark refined the idea and in 2013 founded Markforged to create 3-D printers capable of producing parts strong enough for end-use functions.
Markforged is a 3-D printer manufacturer, but more importantly, its machines are the only way to produce strong parts from composite fiber on a desktop. The items that come out of a Markforged printer are not limited to prototypes. The use of fibers in the printing material means the finished component is exactly as it was designed: ready for use in applications that call for precision.