Faster Composite Printing


With the release of the new Turbo Print feature for the X7, Eiger offers a number of options for faster composite printing. Turbo Supports, Turbo Infill, and the new Turbo Print will let you print strong parts up to twice as fast as before -- but it's important to understand how these features work and what tradeoffs they involve.

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Turbo Print

(requires the new A3648 plastic extruder, standard on Gen2 X7 printers.)

With Turbo Print enabled, X7 owners can print strong parts at up to twice the speed of a typical 200µm print, with the following constraints:

  • 250µm layer height
  • No fiber reinforcement
  • Onyx only

Turbo Print is ideal for users who need a part immediately and don't need the highest quality Markforged surface finish. It is especially well suited to simpler geometries: larger-scale tools, fixtures, soft jaws, etc. Rapidly iterate your design with a slightly coarser finish, then add fiber reinforcement and increase the print resolution for the final part.

Enable Turbo Print by selecting 0.250 (Turbo) from the Layer Height dropdown in the Part Settings panel.

 

Turbo Supports (Beta)

(available on all composite printers)

Turbo Supports speed up printing and reduce material costs by using a sparse tool path pattern for support structures where possible, while using a tighter pattern for their floors to guarantee stability. Simply enable the Turbo Supports toggle when preparing your print in Eiger.

Note that enabling Turbo Supports on certain parts with complex geometries can potentially lead to some part deformation while printing. Nevertheless we encourage you to experiment with Turbo Supports, particularly for larger parts with relatively simple geometries.

Enable the Turbo Supports (Beta) toggle in the Part Settings panel.
Note: If the Turbo Supports (Beta) toggle switch does not appear in the Part Settings panel, navigate to Settings > Account Settings and click the Enable Experimental Features toggle switch, then return to the Part View page for the part in question.

 

Turbo Infill (Beta)

(available on all composite printers, formerly known as 'Turbo Print (Beta)')

For composite prints with 50, 100, and 125µm layer heights, the Turbo Infill option considerably speeds up infill printing without compromising surface finish. Enabling Turbo Infill is a good choice if you want to speed up production of high-resolution parts.

Depending on the geometry of the part, Turbo Infill could potentially involve a reduction in infill strength, but Turbo Infill does not affect the strength of the part shell itself. Again, we encourage you to experiment with the feature -- simply enable the Turbo Infill toggle as you finalize your print.

 Enable the Turbo Infill (Beta) toggle in the Part Settings panel.
Note: If the Turbo Infill (Beta) toggle switch does not appear in the Part Settings panel, navigate to Settings > Account Settings and click the Enable Experimental Features toggle switch, then return to the Part View page for the part in question.