03 Mar World’s first carbon fibre 3D printer
An American firm which manufactures components for race cars has spun-out a startup to bring the world’s first carbon fibre 3D printer to market.
The $5,000 (£3,000) Mark One printer is just 22 inches by 13 inches and can easily sit on most desktops. The carbon fiber parts that the printer produces are 20 times stiffer and five times stronger than ABS, the commonly 3D-printed material, and have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than CNC-machined 6061-T6 aluminum. That’s because, so Mark Forged claims, the printed objects are “packed with tens of thousands of full length, continuous carbon fiber strands.”