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AMA: Oct 31st | Owens Corning - XSTRAND™

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Hi... this is Adam at Owens Corning. We have not directly compared the ONYX material vs Xstrand. When it comes to additive manufacturing vs Milled parts it depends on the end use and end goal when it comes to choosing a material and a printer. I can't speak on behalf of the Markforged system but I can include our TDS as a reference. If you send me a private message I'd like to chat further about the parts you are trying to print. Design and orientation can be critical when making the jump from subtractive to additive manufacturing.

Technical datasheet XSTRAND(TM) GF30-PA6 - Copy.pdf

Technical datasheet XSTRAND(TM) GF30-PP - Copy.pdf

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@JohnInOttawa: Glad I could help you! One factor in favor of the MarkForged printers is their print quality - being tailored to one material, there is much less tinkering involved in getting really good prints, and their supports are also really easy to remove most of the time. I wouldn't consider buying an OnyxOne though, if you buy a MarkForged printer, get one with the continuous fiber capability.

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Thank you Adam!  And a direct thanks to the Owens Corning team for these samples!

 

The tech data is very helpful.  What I'd like to propose as a plan, once we have some candidate designs, will be to circle back to you guys to optimise the print settings and strategy.  Thanks for your offer of support!
 

Cheers

John

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Thank you @P3D.  I see it the same way.  That adds some clarity to the capital plan. 

 

The entry barrier for the continuous fibre machines like the Mark Two or X7 is high enough that either there is a clear business case for keeping those machines operating effectively at the price of their consumables, or there isn't.  As the printer costs drop (not to say Onyx is cheap, because it's not), the issue gets murkier, especially when one starts saying no to work.  Would there have been enough to justify the lower cost printer?  Maybe is the answer more and more often.  If this test works as I hope, that question, at least, will have an answer.

 

Thanks again!
John

 

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