Formlabs launches its new Form 4 and Form 4B SLA 3D Printers

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Formlabs’ Form 4 and Form 4B SLA 3D printers
The Form 4 SLA 3D printer/Source: Formlabs

Formlabs, the 3D printing industry leader in Stereolithography, has launched its blazing fast new Form 4 and Form 4B SLA 3D printers for professionals. Formlabs’ flagship resin 3D printer revolutionises additive manufacturing with its proprietary Low Force Display™ print engine, updated resin library, automated post-processing, and enhanced user experience.

Form 4 prints five times faster than its predecessor and aims to enable product designers, engineers, manufacturers, healthcare professionals, and innovators to take design risks and reduce time to market.

Formlabs’ Form 4 and Form 4B SLA 3D printers

Formlabs’ Form 4 and Form 4B SLA 3D printers
The Form 4B SLA 3D printer/Source: Formlabs

Form 4, the company’s fourth generation of desktop resin 3D printers, pushes performance to new heights with blazing fast print speeds, extreme reliability, industry-leading material properties, excellent print quality, and simple operation.

Formlabs’ B series targets the dental market. The fourth-generation Form 4B opens up new possibilities for digital dentistry. It has a number of features, including validated print settings for different materials, intelligent control systems, remote monitoring, and more.  

“Form 4 is a huge leap not only for Formlabs and our customers, but also for the entire 3D printing world. More than a decade ago, Formlabs created the desktop SLA 3D printer category and set a new standard for accuracy, reliability, ease of use, and affordability in 3D printing. We’ve built on the strength and insights gathered from more than 130,000 printers on the market and over 300 million parts printed to deliver the Form 4, our best SLA printer ever. Its reliability and new level of speed will transform how our customers develop new products.”

– Max Lobovsky, CEO and Co-founder, Formlabs

Form 4 Highlights

Form 4 SLA 3D printer with Form Wash and Form Cure
Form 4 SLA 3D printer with Form Wash and Form Cure/Source: Formlabs

Bruno Alves, Development Engineer AM/IM, Ford Motor Company said, “Form 4’s speed and materials versatility enable us to create multiple prototypes and manufacturing aids every day. The printer has already changed the way we design and produce parts, helping us drive efficiency in our product development.”

  • Fast Printing Speed: Prints two to five times faster than Form 3+ depending on the material, allowing for same-hour iteration or batch production via masked stereolithography (mSLA) technology. The majority of prints can be completed in under two hours, with small parts taking only minutes to cycle. Achieve the maximum vertical print speed of 100 mm per hour.
  • LFD™ Print Engine: Form 4 is a departure from laser and galvanometer technology, with an ultra-high power backlight (16 mW/cm2), proprietary release texture, Light Processing Unit 4 (LPU 4), and a dual-layer, flexible film resin tank.
  • Unmatched dependability: Validated print settings, precision heating, force sensing, and debris detection all contribute to industry-leading print quality.
  • Stunning components that always fit: Form 4 has unrivalled print quality, thanks to 50-micron pixels, highly collimated light, advanced pixel smoothing, and light touch support.
  • Easy to use: Anyone can learn how to print in 15 minutes with automatic resin handling, instant material changes, automated post-processing, and quick release build platform technology.
  • 40 percent lower cost per part: Long-lasting resin tanks (75,000+ layers) and Light Processing Units (1M+ layers) provide affordability, as well as lower resin pricing, a 30% increase in print volume, and 3.5 times the throughput.

“We support all hardware categories at Microsoft. Form 4 is our go-to choice for projects needing tight tolerances and engineering-grade materials. It produces high-performance parts with amazingly fast print times and makes it possible for our model makers to produce multiple iterations in a 24-hour period.”

– Mark Honschke, Additive Prototyping Lead, Microsoft

New Industry-Leading Materials

In addition to the new Form 4 and Form 4B SLA 3D printers, Formlabs is adding six new resins to its industry-leading resin library, including:

  • Four newly reformulated General Purpose Resins use the Form 4 ecosystem to print two to five times faster than Form 3 while improving toughness and colour.
  • Fast Model Resin is used for rapid prototyping and orthodontic model production.
  • Precision Model Resin creates highly accurate dental models that always fit.

Additionally, Form 4 has been validated to use 17+ other performance materials from Formlabs’ materials library, with new materials being added on a regular basis. Form 4B, which is intended for innovative healthcare professionals in the dental and medical industries, is compatible with an additional 15 biocompatible materials.

Form 4 (starting at $4,499) and Form 4B (starting at $6,299) are now available on Formlabs’ official website.

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