So we have seen color 3D printers, 3D printers that can print an entire house, and 3D printers used to print book covers, but the good news for auto and motorcycle enthusiasts is that for $5,000, you will be able to get your hands on a 3D printer that is able to print carbon fiber. Dubbed the Mark One, this 3D printer by MarkForged claims to be the first 3D printer to be able to print carbon fiber, and with an asking price of $5,000, it doesn’t seem overly expensive, especially if you plan on printing carbon fiber components for auto and motorcycle enthusiasts and make a couple of bucks off them.
When it comes to performance parts, carbon fiber has been the material of choice due to it being light-weight and strong. In fact when you come across a vehicle with carbon fiber body parts, you would automatically assume that this car was designed to be raced. Whether or not it actually holds up is a different story. According to the specifications, the Mark One will have the ability to print a maximum size of 305 x 160 x 160mm. The Mark One will also be able to print other types of materials, such as fiberglass, nylon, and polylactic acid, although it should be noted that only one material can be printed at a time due to the printer’s design. No word on when the Mark One will be made available, but its CEO claims it will be available “soon”. So, any automotive enthusiasts thinking up the different types of parts they can print?
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