Alfex CNC Australia recently hosted our March Melbourne Open House event – with three action-packed days across our three divisions; Alfex Laser, Haas Factory Outlet Australia, and our Alfex Additive division. We welcomed attendees from across Victoria working in the 3D printing, manufacturing, education and production industries. One attendee travelled several hours to our Melbourne event from Wodonga near the NSW border.

We commenced on Wednesday 23rd March, with our afternoon/evening open house session, with some live demonstrations of the Markforged Industrial 3D Printers, with the team from Markforged Australia-Pacific in attendance. For this event, we had the Markforged X7 industrial 3D printer and the Mark Two desktop sized carbon fiber 3D printers on display, with live 3D printing jobs in progress for attendees to see the machines in action.

Two Markforged Mark Two Printers in the Alfex CNC Australia showroom
Mark Two Desktop printers from Markforged on display in the Alfex CNC Australia showroom.
Markforged 3D printed sample parts in composite carbon fiber, composite metals and alloys, kevlar and fiberglass.

Our first of two seminars, Exploring Industrial 3D Printing Applications in Australia, featured guest speakers Suraj Sethi (Sales Manager, Markforged) and Anthony Rosengren (Applications Engineer, Markforged). This was a technical and engineering focused session, to further understand how to design and fabricate parts for additive manufacturing, and explore where 3D printing applications could be used on the production line to replace or complement CNC machined components. A highlight was seeing how businesses in Australia are already embracing these cutting-edge technologies to bring their part designs from CAD drawing to final printed part.

Suraj Sethi, Markforged Sales Manager gives an introduction on the shift to digital focused manufacturing
Anthony Rosengren, Markforged Sales Engineer, gives an overview of Markforged Eiger Cloud software.

On Thursday 24th March, we commenced Day 2 of our Open House event with an executive breakfast and morning session. Guest speaker Richard Elving (Director, Markforged APAC) presented the second seminar, Building an Additive Manufacturing Strategy For Your Business. This seminar was a commercially focused keynote aimed at business owners and executives, with a discussion of the present Australian manufacturing industry, future possibilities in the space, and how to leverage Additive Manufacturing Technologies, such as the Markforged Industrial 3D printers, to bring manufacturing locally in Australia and optimise the supply chain.

Richard Elving, Director, Markforged Australia-Pacific

It was great to hear from our attendees across a wide range of industries regarding their ideas for utilising industrial 3D printing in their businesses. The ability to print a custom designed part on site, on demand, in a matter of hours, and have a choice of materials for a variety of applications, including the ability to reinforce a printed part with continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass, is a key differentiator in the current industrial manufacturing space. Thank you to all of our attendees and customers, old and new for coming to our first Melbourne event for 2022.

Event attendees inspect and compare part samples with the Alfex Additive and Markforged teams
There was an opportunity for executive networking and the ability to connect with other like-minded business owners.

We look forward to hosting some more events showcasing our additive manufacturing product range in the coming months in 2022, including small group workshops/engineering focused sessions and design and engineering focused talks and part reviews, across our Australian offices.

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