Markforged, a provider of metal and carbon fiber 3D printers, announced a new office in Kendall Square to support the rapid expansion of its software and AI teams. Located in CIC Cambridge at 245 Main Street, the 2,000 sqft office is the new central hub for developing Markforged’s artificial intelligence software for adaptive manufacturing, Blacksmith, which took the industry by storm when it was announced this May.
Blacksmith is an AI-powered software that makes manufacturing machines self-aware so they can automatically adjust their programming to ensure every part produced is perfect. The software analyzes a design, compares it to the part scanned by inspection equipment, and dynamically adapts the end-to-end process to produce perfectly in-spec parts.
The new office opening is just the latest milestone in the company’s breakneck growth trajectory. Just this year, Markforged raised $82 million in the company’s Series D finance round, opened its European headquarters, placed tenth place on Deloitte’s list of the fastest-growing companies, and was named on Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startup list. And with more than 10,000 users in more than 50 countries, Markforged was listed as #2 in 2018 unit sales among industrial 3D printing companies according to Wohlers Report 2019, a worldwide review and analysis of additive manufacturing and 3D printing.