Rocket Test using Marktwo Enterprise
A team of researchers from MIT, used the Markforged Mark Two Enterprise to produce a 3D printed rocket motor made from plastic casting. The melted material was positioned a hair breaths’ away from the hot-propeller and only a small amount of damage was noticed on the motor’s throat on the first try. Even though a second test was carried out and was not so successful, the group at MIT only intended to fire it once. The Markforged Mark Two Enterprise helped cut the budget as compared to conventional methods to print a fully functional metal rocket motor.
The Use of the Onyx Material
The rocket motor utilized the Onyx material, which is only exclusive to the Mark Two Enterprise. The onyx material is a material combined with micro-carbon fibers. This filament is not only tougher than other 3D printing plastics but also stiffer, heat tolerant and dimensionally stable. The onyx is also capable of reducing weights on the overall designed product, meaning that it can support a higher effective payload increasing the size of parts in the product needed.
Why Markforged is the chosen 3D Printer
Using the Mark Two Enterprise with the Onyx has its advantages. For instance, it gives off a high quality surface finish meaning that no post processing is required and that your product is ready to use once the print has been completed while being used alone. Another advantage is that since the Mark Two Enterprise has a double print head capability, your chosen product parts, or the product as a whole could be able to be further reinforced with embedded continuous carbon fiber, kevlar, or fiberglass layers.
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