Release Notes


Summary

These release notes provide an overview of the Markforged releases including new features, fixes and known issues with the printer software and firmware.

NOTE: Markforged delivers software and firmware in the same package and we refer to the installation package using the generic "firmware" title.

Latest Version

Release Date: 2018-10-02-14:02:23
App Version: ef3dc44
Firmware Version: 7bb60b2

All Printers

  • New Calibration: customers with the Metal X, X3, X5, and X7 should recalibrate their encoders for improved detection of dislocations and out-of-material.

Composite Printers

  • Begin tracking under-extrusion on industrial series printers so we can flag printers for maintenance in the future.

Metal Printers

  • Reduce material jams and increase Metal X uptime by improving nozzle purges.

To learn more about the new Metal X, click here.

Firmware Upgrade Guide

To upgrade to the latest firmware please use the following instructions: Firmware Upgrade Guide

 


Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-09-18-22:06:51
App Version: 6dc7499
Firmware Version: eed203e

All Printers

  • Updated the wifi adapter driver to improve wifi connectivity
  • Added automatic weekly health check for all printers. Users will see a reboot during this time.

Composite Printers

  • Improved the accuracy of material metering
  • Fixed the fiber nozzle height utility on industrial printers

Metal Printers

  • Resliced on-board utility prints for more accurate test prints 

Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-08-14-15:35:02
App Version: 6f87bad
Firmware Version: 1fe2e2e

All Printers

  • New Network Diagnostics utility located at Menu > Utilities > Network Diagnostics
  • Improved messaging on Bed Level utility

Metal Printing

  • Increased printer temperature data collection to assist troubleshooting
  • Various bug fixes and furnace improvements

 


Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-07-24-14:03:03
App Version: 6e8eeaa
Firmware Version: 1fe2e2e

All Printers

  • Improved queuing for cloud slicing to speed up processing

Composite Printers

  • Fixed bug where fans remain active when printer idle
  • Fixed bug where part Fill Density shows as NaN

Metal Printing

  • Various bug fixes and improved error management
  • Improved Furnace Static Pressure Test
  • Improved accuracy of gas supply readings

 


Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-07-10-15:54:43
App Version: 62a59f3
Firmware Version: 9ec174b

All Printers

  • Improved logging to help quickly debug customer field issues
  • Improved error handling including new messages

Metal Printing

  • Updates to slicer to improve slicing speed and print quality
  • Updated to most current pricing for 17-4PH Stainless Steel in cost calculations
  • Various improvements and bug fixes to reduce print pauses and furnace management

 


Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-06-22-18:59:18
App Version: 4db22ab
Firmware Version: 65c8e99

Composites

  • Fill Density (Material Settings) is now displayed as percent mass instead of percent max-allowed infill. For solid parts, select Solid Fill from the Fill Pattern menu.
  • Bug fixes for fiber nozzle calibration and laser bed leveling.

Metal

  • Updated multiple utilities to increase clarity.
  • Improved furnace safety purge processes.

All Printers

  • New ability to update spool weight mid-print without unloading and reloading material. You can now reset material amount by weighing the loaded spool on a scale and returning it to the drybox – no wasted material or waiting for nozzles to heat.
  • Added new material badges to prints in queue on the printer touchscreen.
  • Various improvements to material loading and unloading routines.
  • Bug fix for printers that were not responding to the Stop command from the printer home page in Eiger.

 


Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-05-31
App Version: e9815d2
Firmware Version: 3e1a49f

Metal Printing

  • Improvements to print quality. Updates in Eiger only.

Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-05-15-21:57:39
App Version: e9815d2
Firmware Version: 3e1a49f

Print Faster with Turbo Print

  • Introducing Turbo Print! Part infill prints at double speed. Turbo Print delivers great surface finish and cuts print times almost in half.
    • Turbo Print is available for any Onyx only part printed at 0.05, 0.1, or 0.125mm layer heights.
    • Turbo Print and Turbo Supports are both Beta features and default to *Off*. Turn them "On" in "Part Settings".

General Improvements

    • Updated login page look and feel
    • Various bug fixes

Firmware Updates

    • Updates to Out of Plastic Sensor functionality to reduce false positives (Industrial Series)
    • Faster pre-print scanning (Industrial Series)
    • Improved logging for errors
    • Various bug fixes

Metal Printing

    • Minor functionality updates for Wash and Sinter pages
    • Various bug fixes for the Metal X printer
    • Various improvements and bug fixes for Sinter-1

 


Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-05-08
App Version: b834c55
Firmware Version: 7a089c4

Eiger Improvements

  • Various bug fixes for composite printing

Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-04-16-20:07:24
App Version: b834c55
Firmware Version: 7a089c4

General Improvements

  • Improved time estimates for print jobs

Metal Printing

  • Various updates to software and firmware to improve metal printing


Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-03-22-14:27:35
App Version: de7a6eb
Firmware Version: a81a9e

Firmware Updates

      • Improved printing functionality and utilities for Metal X
      • Various bug fixes for all printers

To learn more about the Metal X, click here.


Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-03-14-16:34:46
App Version: 00c9356
Firmware Version: a8d1a9e

Firmware Updates

                  • Various bug fixes to improve printer setup

To learn more about the Metal X, click here.


Previous Version

Release Date: 2018-02-26-14:25:43
App Version: 2ad5d23
Firmware Version: 066a398

General Improvements

                    • Upgrades to the web server provide improved security and performance
                    • Markforged logo now prominently displayed in upper left corner

Firmware Updates

                    • Various Bug Fixes
                    • New logging enables improved debugging

Laser Scanning

                    • Eliminated unnecessary travel during scan in Industrial Series
                    • Various Bug Fixes

Metal Printing

                    • Metal Printing Workflow tracks individual parts
                    • Rafts and brims are now visible on the build page
                    • Internal view shows support material estimates and enables hide/show for supports
                    • Adds and improves printer utilities

To learn more about the Metal X, click here.


Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-10-05-22:39:16
App Version: 5a7803c
Firmware Version: 5c12119

Offline users with an X7 can now access laser scans

                    • After completing a print, scans can be saved to a USB drive. Scan data is stored in a Markforged Job File (MFJ).
                    • You can upload an MFJ file using the “Import Print Job” button on the print job history page.
                    • This feature allows uploading laser scans in both the online and local storage software.

Local Storage Icon

                    • When using the local storage software, a slashed cloud icon will now visually indicate that your part is stored offline.

To learn more about the Metal X, click here.


Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-09-25-22:36:38
App Version: 1a2ce2f
Firmware Version: 5c12119

Industrial Series Update: Increased Onyx Print Area

                    • The X3, X5, and X7 can now print Onyx-only parts in the purge line area at the back of the print bed.
                      • Onyx-only build area increased to 330mm x 270mm.

Metal X in Eiger

                    • Users can now select "Metal X" as a printer version in Eiger.
                      • With the printer version set to "Metal X", users can now select "Stainless Steel" as a material.
                      • Users can slice parts for 17-4 Stainless steel to see print time, material costs, and weight of part.

Improved Eiger Part View

                    • Eiger Part View is more streamlined to help users easily find settings that they may need to change.

Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-09-18-20:57:35
App Version: 8b16230
Firmware Version: 5c12119

Firmware Updates

                    • Various Bug Fixes

Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-07-03-16:49:43
App Version: bc42c09
Firmware Version: c08b0b4

Firmware Updates

                    • USB 3.0
                      • All printers now support USB 3.0 compatability.

Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-06-20
App Version: dd040cf
Firmware Version: c08b0b4

Eiger Updates

                    • Improved Project Workflow for Organizations
                      • You can now add parts you own to any project in your organization.
                      • Users cannot move other users' parts into or out of projects.
                    • New Preferred Units Setting
                      • On the account settings page, you can now choose "Metric" or "Imperial" as your preferred units.
                      • Newly imported parts will use those units be default.
                      • This setting also affects the units displayed for part weight and laser scan measurements.
                    • Increased Strength for Default Fiber Settings
                      • Default sandwich panel now has four layers of fiber on top and bottom, rather than three.
                      • Default fiber pattern is Isotropic for increased strength.

Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-06-02-17:53:44
App Version: dd040cf
Firmware Version: c08b0b4

New Feature: Turbo Supports

                    • Supports will now print significantly faster by default
                    • For parts that are already sliced, you will need to turn on "Turbo Supports" in the advanced settings.
                    • Learn more about Turbo Supports here: Supports and 3D Printing

Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-05-12-17:11:58-
App Version: d5ab7ad
Firmware Version: 4776cc4

Mark X only: Enhanced first layer print quality

                    • Please update your printer firmware

Eiger Update:

                    • Individual Printer Queues
                      • Your global print queue has been replaced by a print queue for each printer in your organization
                      • For those with prints in the global queue, we have moved them to an individual printer queue

Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-04-26-13:56:49
App Version: e65e1be
Firmware Version: 6c8a8d7

Printer Touchscreen Interface Update

                    • Larger buttons on printer touchscreen to increase readability and usability.

Mark X Update

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-03-15-16:58:52
App Version: 3f59bdd
Firmware Version: d292918

Mark X Update

                    • Laser now scans bed topography and actively compensates for elevation changes during printing.
                    • We now print a small calibration line on the left side of the print bed prior to every print.
                    • These changes result in better bed adhesion, less warping, improved surface finish, and more accurate parts.
                    • To take advantage of the new laser leveling function you will need to do the following:
                      1. Run the new laser level utility on your printer. For more information about running the Laser Leveling utility, please see the Level Print Bed support article.
                      2. Re-slice your parts in Eiger. This can be accomplished by initiating a print by opening a part from your library (note: you will need to re-create any saved builds and replace queued print jobs).
                      3. Scrape small test line from left side of printer after every print

Eiger Update

                    • Various Bug Fixes

Firmware Update

                    • Various Bug Fixes

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date: 2017-03-02-15:01:51
App Version: da9c575
Firmware Version: a056528

Eiger Update

                    • Various Bug Fixes

Firmware Update

                    • Various Bug Fixes

Known Issues

                    • NONE

To learn more about the Metal X, click here.


Previous Version

Release Date:  2017-2-14-00:59:09
App Version: 8aafcc8
Firmware Version: b4c5708

Eiger Update

                    • Various Bug Fixes

Firmware Update

                    • Mark X Only: Travel moves will now be more quiet
                    • Various Bug Fixes

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2017-1-30-23:52:50
App Version: 98dbb82
Firmware Version: 51e04a2

Eiger Update

                    • New part rotation features now available
                      • Click any face of your part on the part page to make it face down on the bed.
                      • Click the 'Manual Rotation' button to use a graphical rotation tool.
                      • Check out the Support Article for more information.
                    • Various bug fixes and print quality improvements

Firmware Update

                    • Mark X Warning: All Mark X users must run the 'Calibrate Motor Encoders' utility after updating
                      • Utility found at Menu → Utilities →Advanced Utilities →Calibrate Motor Encoders
                    • Mark X Only: New homing routine is slower but more accurate
                    • New post-print feedback screen
                      • Use the 'Feedback' button after print completion to report part quality defects
                      • Check out the Support Article for more information.
                    • Print bed lowers to the bottom of the printer on pause
                    • Various Bug Fixes

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2017-1-08-19:18:33
App Version: ef8a661
Firmware Version: dc110b8

Eiger Update

                    • When using Concentric Fiber Fill, you can now choose which walls to reinforce
                      • All Walls (Default)
                      • Outer Shell Only (Previous Default)
                      • Inner Holes Only
                      • Options include:
                    • Time and material estimates are more accurate
                    • Mark X Only: You can choose from several "Scan Modes" for different balances of speed and resolution

Firmware Update

                    • Various bug fixes
                    • Mark X Only: Updated laser firmware for faster and more accurate scanning

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-12-14-23:48:07
App Version: 2f78137
Firmware Version: dc110b8

Eiger Update

                    • Breaking Change: Reduced average MFP file size by about 60%
                      • To continue printing, you MUST upgrade your printer firmware to a version later than 2016-11-01
                    • Various bug fixes

Firmware Update

                    • Various bug fixes

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-11-1-12:55:17
App Version: 8c13eaa
Firmware Version: 5723ffe

Eiger Update

                    • Support for Onyx Series Printers enabled
                    • Default plastic type set to Onyx for customers who can print it
                    • Organizations can now have up to 100 users (previously capped at 5)

Firmware Update

                    • Added support for Onyx Series printers
                    • Updated UI for material loading utilities
                    • Mark X update: Added automatic out of plastic detection

Known Issues

                    • MARK X users  who upgrade to the latest version of the firmware must also take the additional step of recalibrating their stepper encoders.

                      Please execute the following steps from the printer touchscreen:

                      Menu > Utilities > Advanced Utilities > Calibrate Stepper Encoders and follow the on screen instructions.

Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-11-17-13:52:47
App Version: f88c547
Firmware Version: 5723ffe

Eiger Update

                    • All users now have access to these software features:
                      • Single sign-on with Google available in account settings
                      • Two-factor authentication via text message available in account settings
                      • New 'Dashboard' page with printing statistics, available on left sidebar when viewing account settings

Firmware Update

                    • Load Plastic Utility
                      • In 'Load Plastic' utility, for Nylon a 'Full Spool' is now assumed to be 800cc
                      • To load an old 1000cc Nylon spool, select 'Partial Spool' and enter 1442 grams

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-11-4-20:19:56
App Version: defbc8c
Firmware Version: 5723ffe

General Bug Fixes

                    • This firmware update contains general bug fixes that should improve user experience.

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-11-1-12:55:17
App Version: 8c13eaa
Firmware Version: 5723ffe

New Eiger Features

                    • Additional Support for Mark X
                      • X - 330 mm (12.99 in)
                        Y - 250 mm (9.84 in)
                        Z - 200 mm (7.87 in)
                      • Larger Build Volume
                      • Laser Scanning for Dimensional Accuracy
                      • Camera for Real-Time Print Monitoring
                    • Cloud Slicing Available for All Users
                      • Slicing is faster AND you can continue to do other work on your computer while Eiger slices your part in the background.

                      • Users can enable or disable cloud slicing using the "cloud slicing" toggle in the Part View in Eiger

                      • Part slicing can now queue multiple parts to slice as soon as the current part completes.
                    • Print History and Print Queue are now Separate Pages
                    • Print History can now be Searched or Filtered
                    • Improvements to Plastic Print Quality

New Firmware Features

                    • Updated User Interface
                      • Some screen and features on the printer have been updated for an improved user experience
                    • Faster Print Head Homing
                    • Enables Mark X Specific Features
                      • Automatic Out-Of-Plastic Detection
                      • Laser Scan Bed Leveling Utility
                      • Laser Bed Level Check Before Printing

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-10-6-01:12:17
App Version: 58be9c8
Firmware Version: 65cd644

New Eiger Features

                    • Performance Improvements in the Layer Editor
                    • Preserve Custom Fiber Settings
                      • Custom Fiber edits in the Internal View will now be preserved if an unrelated setting is changed in the Part View.
                      • Pauses placed after layers will also be preserved.
                      • Changing the scale, rotation, layer height, or STL will cause any custom fiber settings to be lost.

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-09-20
App Version: b322eac
Firmware Version: 65cd644

New Firmware Features

                    • Wet Plastic Purge Line
                      • A thick purge line will now print before every print job, unless a print has been run in the last four hours, to ensure best possible results.
                      • The print purges your printer of material that has been sitting in the Bowden Tube and may be susceptible to moisture from the air.
                      • The purge line takes about five minutes to print and uses less than $1 worth of material.
                      • You can manually turn off the purge line, or print it manually, by going to Menu -> "Utilities" -> "Advanced Utilities" -> "Wet Nylon Purge".
                      • Wet Plastic Purge Line Utility Support Article.
                    • Confirm Cancelling Prints
                      • Your printer will now show an "Are You Sure?" prompt before cancelling a print to prevent accidental cancellation.

New Eiger Features

                    • New Material Badges
                      • On the library page in Eiger, parts will now have badges to show material type(s) used.
                      • Parts will show badges for both plastic type and fiber type.

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-09-08-17:55:02
App Version: 30a9f94
Firmware Version: 65cd644

New Firmware Features

                    • Fiber Nozzle Height Calibration Utility
                      • Utility to show if the printer's Fiber Nozzle is at the correct height.
                      • Users can print a test "staircase" part and swipe the Fiber Nozzle over it.
                      • The placement of the mark left from swiping the nozzle tells if the nozzle needs to be raised or lowered.
                      • Fiber Nozzle Calibration Test Print Support Article

New Eiger Features

                    • Display Print Quality Ratings On-Screen
                      • Print Quality ratings for finished prints will now appear on the print job page.
                    • Print Quality Improvement
                      • Updated the way prints with fiber generate to minimize the pull back of fiber on the corners of parts.

Fixes

                    • Accurate "Time Until Pause"
                      • Fixed a bug that was causing incorrect "Time Until Pause" to be displayed.
                    • Large Prints in Builds
                      • Fixed a bug that was causing large prints to generate off the build plate.
                      • Large prints can now be successfully placed on the build plate in Eiger.

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-09-01-19:55:20
App Version: 828d3bc
Firmware Version: 65cd644

New Eiger Features

                    • Faster Part Loading
                    • Users can no longer change "Plastic fill Type" in the Internal view.
                      • Users can only set a plastic fill type for the entire part, rather than setting it by layer.
                    • Automatically add a plastic layer above a fiber layer for additional part strength.

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-08-22-17:26:41
App Version: 06ffeec
Firmware Version: 65cd644

New Features

                    • Auto-Pause
                      • Presents users with the option to automatically pause the print when material is about to run out.
                      • Allows users to get the most out of a partial spool without running out of material during a print.
                      • Auto-Pause Feature Documentation Page
                    • Onyx Utilities
                      • Printers now include files to perform the Bed-Level Test Print and XY-Offset Calibration Test Print with Onyx.
                    • Fiber Jam Detection Utility Update
                      • Fiber jam detection can now be toggled on or off while a print is in progress.
                    • Time Until Next Pause
                      • The time remaining until the next scheduled pause will display on the printer page in Eiger and on the printer's touch screen.
                    • Print Queue
                      • Print queue page now groups identical items into a single row with a quantity of prints.

 

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-07-20-14:16:46
App Version: 2998ecd
Firmware Version: 65cd644

New Features

                    • Material Metering (All Printer Kit Types)
                      • All Printers will now track and calculate material as it's used

                      • Printers will warn users when they are attempting to print a part and there is not enough material loaded.
                    • Cloud Slicing (Enterprise Kit Type only)
                      • Slicing is faster AND you can continue to do other work on your computer while Eiger slices your part in the background.

                      • Enabled by default for all Enterprise Kit Printers using the "cloud slicing" toggle in the Part View in Eiger

                      • Part slicing can now queue multiple parts to slice as soon as the current part completes.

Known Issues

                    • NONE


Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-06-21-02:04:11
App Version: 1e4d9a7
Frimware Version: 65cd644

 

New Features

                    • Raise Part setting for short support sections
                      • This is a new setting slider under 'Supports' in Eiger that will raise a part off the bed 2mm
                      • Helps make short support sections easier to peel
                    • Brim now surrouds supports rather than printing under them

                    • Fiber Jam Detection (Mark Two Only)
                    • Fiber Jam Cleanup Utility (Mark Two Only)  
                      • First, when user presses a button, printer checks to see if the jam was real or false
                      • If it's a false jam, user is redirected back to pause screen
                      • If it's a real jam, user is walked through a fiber nozzle replacement procedure, then redirected back to pause screen
                      • User may resume print after fixing the fiber jam
                    • Check Bed Level Utility (Mark Two Only) 
                    • Adjust XY Offset Calibration (Mark Two Only)   
                    • New Material - Onyx(Mark Two Enterprise Kits Only)

Fixes

                    • Fixed an issuse where the printer would occasionally string over really small holes

                    • Fixed an issue that prevented exporting build from print queue

Known Issues

                    • NONE

Previous Version

Release Date:  2016-06-06-18:29:48
App Version: 3e22195
Frimware Version: 65cd644

 

New Features

                    • Enterprise Customers now have access to the Reporting Dashboard in Eiger
                    • USB Prints are copied to the printer, so the USB stick can be removed after the print starts
                    • Option to rate print quality via the printer touchscreen upon a successful print

Fixes

                    • Fixed an issue in which the print head would lock up on some machines after running utilities 
                    • Fixed an issue in which file names with spaces were disallowed from running on the printer
                    • Fixed a protocol issue that lead to the print pause screen showing up before completely pausing

Known Issues

              • NONE