Markforged launches new filament to print aluminum-strength parts

Markforged has released Vega, an ultra high performance filament designed for 3D printing aerospace components on the company’s FX20 printer.

The new carbon fiber-filled PEKK can save weight, cost and lead time by replacing aluminum.

Markforged developed Vega to be compatible with the FX20’s Continuous Fiber Reinforcement technology to deliver aluminum-strength parts.

“Vega is formulated to expand aerospace applications for our customers,” said Shai Terem, CEO of Markforged. “Vega incorporates PEKK, a proven material in aerospace that possesses excellent strength and stiffness. We believe this material will set the standard in print quality for high temperature thermoplastics and expand the adoption of our FX20 printer.”

With a smooth black matte surface finish, Vega offers an excellent as-printed finish for aesthetic aerospace parts. The new material resists warping, a constant problem for high-temperature plastics, and exhibits Flame, Smoke, and Toxicity (FST) resistance for high-value applications.

Fewer defects and minimal warpage mean less post-processing to achieve production surface quality, allowing for higher part acceptance rates during inspection.