Printing End Use 3D Parts with Markforged
Dixon Valve & Coupling Customer Success Story
Dixon is a company that searches for innovative production line solutions to improve productivity and at the same time better leverage resources. It produces valves for fluid transfer industries.
Before additive manufacturing came into the picture, the company used to shop out a lot of their tooling production or use their in-house machines to produce that they require.The team was machining each tool individually and that was time consuming.They use a larger robotic arm to transfer many styles of their parts between two vertical turning centres. Each module was different and they would have to spend a lot of money as well as time to get those items fabricated. This is when they found out about Markforged and its ability to create end use 3D parts. .
Use of Markforged to print End Use Parts
The team utilized the Markforged 3D printed parts as their transfer gripping system. The quick-change jaw in a robotic arm is made up of two parts. The upper part which is made of metal is permanently fixed to the robot, while the jaw which is attached to the upper part, is completely made of Onyx. The Onyx Material is unique from Markforged and allowed tehm to print end use parts for their robotic system. With the Markforged Printer and Onyx, the jaw which is created, can be removed and now replaced in seconds.The Markforged printer allowed the team to create and manufacture a robotic arm in less than a day.
What is so special about Onyx?
Onyx is made up of chopped micro carbon fibers combined with the nylon. Using Onyx alone thus creates a stronger and stiffer part as compared to conventional plastic and this can be used straight out of the print bed as no post processing is requiring. It is also able withstand high heat temperatures. It is also resistant to chemicals and thus does not corrode or peel off. This material is suitable in industries that deal with chemicals. It also provides a better and more efficient work space.
Using the Markforged printer helps in creating critical components in the design process and helps in altering procedures and plans. Markforged printers allows its users to develop their creativity and makes daily processes and task a breeze.