Methods 3D, Markforged Establish Distributor Partnership
Methods 3D will now provide sales for the latter’s carbon fiber composite 3D printing products.
Methods 3D Inc. (Sudbury, Massachusetts), a provider of production-grade 3D printing products, has established a partnership with Markforged (Cambridge, Massachusetts), a composites 3D printing supplier. Methods 3D will provide sales, service and support for the Markforged line of 3D printers including the Onyx series, Mark Two and Mark X. The partnership is expected to expand access to both companies’ advanced additive manufacturing solutions to manufacturers across North America.
Markforged is a 3D printing company that makes working parts made of carbon fiber composites. The company invented a proprietary continuous carbon fiber filament printing method, and its products are used in the industrial, automation, automotive, aerospace and medical industries in over 50 countries worldwide.
“Markforged printers are an ideal complement to our extensive suite of additive manufacturing solutions,” says Jamie Hanson, COO of Methods 3D. “With Markforged, we will significantly enhance our customers’ production efficiencies by enabling them to quickly create tools, jigs and fixtures for myriad industrial applications.”
The Markforged partnership will also enable Methods Machine Tools’ Automation Group to design, integrate and provide unlimited solutions for its CNC machining automation systems with the ability to print unique end-of-arm tooling components for robots, jigs, fixtures.
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