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BattleBots use Markforged 3D printers to achieve victory!

BattleBots is an American television series where competitors design and operate remote-controlled armed and armored machines purposed to fight in an arena combat elimination tournament.

Robots that engage in conflict will regularly take heavy hits, throws, cuts and more structural damage. Due to the constant abuse, many replacement parts must be manufactured and applied to the robot in a reasonable time frame, without breaking the bank.

Markforged is proud to be a part of this exhilarating series of robot combat, as the 3D printers that Markforged provide are revolutionizing the way the BattleBots are built, maintained and supported. Instead of waiting weeks and paying thousands of dollars for a part, Markforged can 3D print incredibly high-performance parts on-premise and in under 24 hours. Markforged saves designers and engineers from the long lead times and high costs of traditional manufacturing, helping Bot builders produce better BattleBots.

In the 2016 and 2018 seasons, there were two teams sponsored by Markforged, namely the makers of the BattleBots Overhaul and SawBlaze in 2016 and Overhaul and Valkyrie in 2018.

Jamison Go is a MIT PhD candidate researching 3D printing technologies and is one of the designers on the team that created the BattleBot SawBlaze. He has some firsthand experience with the Markforged 3D printer, as one of his primary robots, DDT, is in the antweight class, meaning its weight must not exceed one pound. The design challenges associated with this requirement are bountiful. Strong materials, powerful components, and a weight efficient design are crucial to performing well in a match. The old design for DDT was cumbersome because it had so many different fasteners and was a lot heavier. Upon encountering the Markforged printer, Jamison Go saw an opportunity to modify the chassis of DDT and make it a single, lightweight part.

The Markforged 3D printer is unique because of its ability to embed continuous strands of fiber (fiberglass, kevlar, carbon fiber) within each layer of its print. Although it cannot place fiber in the vertical build axis, this capacity is a monumental improvement in tensile strength. In addition, Markforged 3D printers use nylon as its base material, which is mechanically superior to ABS in application. By printing the part on the Markforged, the chassis weight was halved even though its strength only increased. The new DDT quickly rose in the ranks of antweight combat robots and is now second worldwide. DDT’s success inspired Jamison Go to upgrade the rest of his iconic combat robots as well, designing Markforged unibody frames for all of them.

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About Markforged

At Markforged, we are on a mission to fuel the next innovation in design and manufacturing. We build an Industrial 3D Printing Platform to liberate designers and engineers from decades-old, slow part creation processes.

NASA, Google, Ford, Amazon, General Electric and thousands of companies in 50 countries use Markforged to print same-day prototypes and produce stronger end-use parts than they did before. With Markforged, customers are able to ship 50% faster, spend 20% less, and build 20% stronger products.

The Markforged platform includes a full ecosystem of 3D printers for metal, composite, and plastic parts; purpose-built metal & carbon-reinforced materials for strength and beautiful finishes; and cloud software for turning drawings into high-strength printing.

For more information, and to learn why Markforged has grown over 300% in 2017, visit www.Markforged.com.

For more information about Markforged’s 3D printers, call us at 1-877-876-5439 or Contact us online.

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