2018: An IMTS Odyssey

Markforged is shaking up the manufacturing industry with printers capable of printing strong, durable parts out of carbon fiber and metal. We took our technology on the road to the International Manufacturing Trade Show (IMTS) in Chicago in early September to share how Markforged parts are transforming manufacturing around the world. IMTS had a record-breaking 130,000 attendees this year, with almost 2,000 people visiting the Markforged booth to ask questions and see our printers and demo parts.

We featured the Mark Two printer, X7 Industrial Series printer, and Metal X printer at the booth. Markforged VP of Product Jon Reilly spoke with several media outlets at our booth, such as All3DP, 3D Printing Industry, and more. We also had a few notable new additions to our booth, including:

New metal materials and demo parts

Markforged is currently shipping Metal X printers capable of fabricating 17-4 Stainless Steel parts. At IMTS, we displayed some of our upcoming metal materials in the form of impellers. These included H13 Tool Steel, 316L Stainless Steel, Inconel 625, Titanium 64, and A2 Tool Steel. Visitors could pick these impellers up and feel the density, while application engineers were on hand to answer any questions they had.

We also unveiled a press brake demo part from Centerline Engineered Solutions. You can read more about the part in this blog post.

Speaker session by Application Engineer Travis Lathrop

One of our Application Engineers, Travis Lathrop, presented a session at IMTS on how 3D printing is changing the manufacturing industry. Stay tuned, as Travis will be publishing a blog post on the topic in the next few days!

Customer interviews

Trade shows aren’t just for demonstrations! We also took the opportunity to interview some of our customers, with many of them eager to share their printed parts with us. It was great to hear just how the printers have improved the ways in which our customers’ businesses are run, and how much more free time the engineers have to focus on revenue-generating parts. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing from our customers, and can’t wait to hear more stories!

If you missed out on seeing us at IMTS, you can watch a video of our typical booth demo here.

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Bryan Semple
September 27, 2018
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