Formlabs Form 3 operates on the advanced Low Force Stereolithography which drastically reduces the forces in the print process
The market leading manufacturer in desktop SLA 3D printers, Formlabs, recently launched two new SLA 3D printers, Form 3 & Form 3L. Both these 3D printer operate on its Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) ™ Technology.
The Formlabs Form 3 is built upon its previous printer, the Form 2 which was a run-away hit. It received wide-spread compliments and has now become a benchmark in itself for high-quality SLA 3D printing.
The difference in Form 2 & Form 3 or Form 3L is the use of the technology. As mentioned above, both the new printers work on LFS technology. This has helped the printing process to reduce the printing forces.
Let us have a look at the specifications and features of the Formlabs Form 3 SLA 3D Printer.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: FORMLABS FORM 3 SLA 3D PRINTER
Technology: Low Force Stereolithography (LFS)
Laser: Light Processing Unit (LPU), 250 mW405 nm
Build Volume: 145 x 145 x 185 mm
Z-Layer Resolution: 25 – 300 microns
XY Resolution: 25 microns
User-Interface Panel: 5.5-inch touchscreen
Connectivity: WiFi, Ethernet, USB
Materials: Formlabs resin cartridges (More than 20 materials)
Software: PreForm, Dashboard Printer Management
LOW FORCE STEREOLITHOGRAPHY (LFS)
The new technology is developed by Formlabs to reduce the stresses normally associated with SLA 3D printing. A compared to Form 2, which uses a directed laser to cure the photocurable resin inside a vat, the Form 3 uses a newly developed flexible tank. This tank reduces the ‘peel force’ experienced by earlier processes and now allows for a linear illumination.
The heart of the machine can be called as the Light Processing Unit (LPU) which is the laser system used to illuminate the build area. This laser system is capable of linear illumination for accuracy and repeatability. With this new technology. Printing can be achieved with fewer supports resulting in even better surface finish.
FEATURES: FORMLABS FORM 3 SLA 3D PRINTER
We have listed below several of the most prominent features of the Formlabs Form 3 SLA 3D Printer.
- Reduced Printing Forces
The new LFS technology reduces the printing forces associated with SLA 3D printing.
- Pinpoint Precision
The LPU uses a system of lenses and mirrors to deliver highly accurate and pinpoint precision.
- Constant Monitoring
The Formlabs Form 3 constantly monitors the printing and helps maintain the ideal conditions through integrated sensors for a better print performance.
- Optical Sensors
The integrated optical sensors work continuously to make corrections for scale and power. It also detects dust to alert the user.
- Hassle-free materials management
It is easy to switch between different materials with a simple cartridge system.
- Clean Laser Spot
The high-power-density laser is passed through a spatial filter to guarantee a clean laser spot.
FINAL VERDICT: FORMLABS FORM 3 SLA 3D PRINTER
The Formlabs Form 3 is a plug-n-play 3D printer which is bereft of hassles of setting up a printer. With its advanced features it will surely be a printer to gets your hands on. The shipping of the Form 3 will start from June 2019. It will be great to see the user reviews of this new desktop SLA 3D printer.
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