Formlabs Launches Form 3, Form 3L LFS 3D Printers, Draft Resin 3D Printing Material
SOMERVILLE, MA, USA, Apr 5, 2019 – Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, has announced the addition of two new advanced professional Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) 3D printers to its hardware lineup: Form 3 and Form 3L.
Formlabs’ Form 3 and Form 3L Low Force Stereolithography 3D Printers
LFS 3D printing is an advanced form of stereolithography (SLA) that delivers consistently flawless parts. The LFS process uses a flexible tank to drastically reduce the forces of the peel process, providing incredible surface finish and detail, and linear illumination to deliver accurate, repeatable parts.
“We’ve completely re-engineered our approach to resin 3D printing with the Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) print process behind the Form 3 and Form 3L,” said Max Lobovsky, CEO and co-founder of Formlabs. “We entered the industry seven years ago with the first powerful, affordable desktop SLA 3D printer and since then have shipped more than 50 thousand printers, and our customers have printed more than 40 million parts. Now users are leading the way in how to grow 3D printing from one machine to many, from prototyping tool to game changer. We’re excited to take another huge leap forward with LFS 3D printing, dramatically improving the print quality and reliability people can expect while still offering the most powerful and affordable 3D printer on the market.”
Benefits of the LFS process include:
- Incredible detail and surface finish: a flexible tank dramatically reduces forces on parts while printing.
- Pinpoint precision: the Light Processing Unit (LPU) maintains a uniform, high-density laser spot to ensure accurate, repeatable prints.
- Easy clean-up and smoother parts with tear-away light-touch supports.
- Nonstop printing: Integrated sensors help maintain ideal print conditions and send you alerts about the state of your machine.
- Constant uptime with upgradeable, modular components and foolproof design.
- Remote Print: 3D print from anywhere via the online Dashboard.
The powerful LFS print process behind the Form 3 is built to scale: Form 3L simultaneously uses two Light Processing Units (LPUs) to bring large-format 3D printing in-house. Form 3L offers five times the build volume and two times the laser power of Form 3 to print large parts fast.
In addition to the new hardware, Formlabs also announced today a new material; Draft Resin. Draft Resin prints at 300 microns layer lines and is 3-4X faster than other standard resins, making it ideal for rapid prototyping.
Formlabs designs and manufactures powerful and accessible 3D printing systems. Headquartered in Boston with offices in Germany, Japan, and China, the company was founded in 2011 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms. Formlabs is establishing the industry benchmark for professional 3D printing for engineers, designers, and manufacturers around the globe, and accelerating innovation in a variety of industries, including education, dentistry, healthcare, jewelry, and research. Formlabs products include the Form 2 SLA 3D printer, Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, Form Cell manufacturing solution, and Pinshape marketplace of 3D designs. Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials for 3D printing, as well as best-in-class 3D printing software. For more information, visit https://formlabs.com.