3D Printing for Armed Forces

“Wars are won or lost because of logistics”.
– Eisenhower

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Mobile 3D Printers in the Field!

The US Army and the Dutch military rely on Markforged 3D printers. This means that necessary components such as jigs, fixtures, tools or spare parts can be easily printed directly on site within a very short time.

From the sketch, to the design, to the first 3D printed prototype in a few hours. All on site in the field without long waiting and delivery times. Thanks to the possibility to insert a continuous fiber made of carbon, kevlar or glass fiber into the components, the components are guaranteed to be robust enough to withstand the demands.


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Markforged X7 Field Edition

The robust housing of the Markforged X7 3D printer also serves as a stand, allowing you to work at an ideal height while providing storage space for spare parts or materials.

Thanks to the ingenious concept, the use and first printing of a component is possible after only 3 minutes!

The supplied consumables, spare parts and materials ensure trouble-free use of the 3D printer.

Mark3D UK is your specialized partner for the X7 Field Edition!

The military operations are often in very remote areas. Deliveries of spare parts, useful devices or mountings often take weeks. We at Markforged have developed a mission edition especially for this purpose:

The Highlights:
Robust housing
Safety parts
consumables & filament rolls
spare parts
3-minute setup


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Case Study US-Navy

Staying Ahead with Durable, Versatile Parts on Demand

A major training base for the U.S. Army provides realistic joint and combined arms training to develop the U.S. Army’s soldiers and leaders for the battlefield. They train soldiers for upcoming deployments, wherever that may be in the world. By using additive manufacturing technology, the Army is able to create readiness factors that decrease downtime.

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Distributed Production

Less than 2 days printing time on 20 machines
Strength optimised for load paths
Little or no support material
Reduced risk of misprints.

Assembled in less than 10 minutes!

Night vision

3D printing gives us the ability to be responsive and flexible to change.

Markforged customer (USAF) 27th Special Operations Wing from Cannon Air Force Base recently released a video showcasing its Markforged industrial 3D printer and the applications it has developed with it.

A pair of night vision goggles required various custom parts for mounting, which could be 3D printed quickly and inexpensively.

Availability. Independence. Innovation.


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Individual Tools

Kevlar reinforced spanner handle with H13 insert! Printed on the Markforged X7 and the Metal X system.


The print jobs on the Markforged 3D printers are controlled by the EIGER software. However, data can be imported from almost all types of 3D CAD software.

As official partner of COFFEE GmbH we have a close ally in the field of solidworks and construction. Coffee GmbH has been a partner of SOLIDWORKS for more than 21 years and serves thousands of commercial customers as well as a large number of customers in the educational sector.

Learn more about applications with metal 3D printing!

For which applications is the Metal X suitable? How do I design correctly for metal 3D printing? What do users say and where can I find more information? – This is the right place for you! We listed some information leading you directly to the matching answers.

Design Guide

DfAM – How do you design your part best for metal 3D printing? In this guide you will find valuable tips on design, material selection and post-processing.

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Problemes to solve

In this white paper, we take a look at three benefits of metal additive manufacturing and three problems the technology is perfectly suited to solve.

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Case Study

In this practical case study from Stanley Black & Decker, cost and lead time were saved by optimizing an assembly.

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Metal X part


An application engineer from Markforged explains the Metal X system and which materials are available. He also shows a complete run from printing to the finished part.

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