A partnership has been announced between USA-based Methods 3D—a provider of production-grade 3D printing solutions—and Markforged, a manufacturer of industrial 3D printers and printing materials. The partnership is expected to increase access to both companies’ offerings for manufacturers across North America.
Markforged invented a continuous fiber filament printing method and is said to have introduced the first carbon fiber composite 3D printer in 2014. Today, the company’s printers and materials are used in a number of industries—including automation, automotive, aerospace and medical—in over 50 countries globally.
Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Methods 3D is to fulfil sales, service and support functions for Markforged’s 3D printers, including the Onyx One, Onyx Pro, Mark Two and Mark X.
Additionally, the partnership will enable the automation group of Methods Machine Tools—Method 3D’s sister company—to design, integrate and provide unlimited solutions for its CNC machining automation systems. The group will be able to print unique end-of-arm tooling components for robots, jigs, fixtures and more.
Jamie Hanson, chief operating officer (COO) at Methods 3D, said: ‘Markforged printers are an ideal complement to our extensive suite of additive manufacturing solutions. With Markforged, we will significantly enhance our customers’ production efficiencies by enabling them to quickly create tools, jigs and fixtures for myriad industrial applications. Our deep experience in metalworking manufacturing combined with Markforged’s expertise in high strength parts is a perfect match for meeting today’s demanding manufacturing challenges.’
Greg Mark, chief executive officer (CEO) of Markforged, further commented: ‘Methods 3D offers a broad additive manufacturing platform and is on the leading edge of 3D printing as well as traditional manufacturing. We are excited to partner with a company that has a proven track record of delivering excellent, innovative manufacturing solutions.’