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Formlabs Unveils Form 3 and Form 3L – 3D Printers Built on Advanced Form of SLA Technology

Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) 3D printers
Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) 3D printers
Above: The Form 3 and Form 3L printers from Formlabs/Image Credit: Formlabs

Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, announced that it has added two new 3D printers to its hardware lineup. Known as Form 3 and Form 3L, the two new 3D printers are built on next generation 3D printing technology known as Low Force Stereolithography (LFS).

About LFS

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.

Benefits of the LFS Process

  • Incredible detail and surface finish: a flexible tank dramatically reduces forces on parts while printing.
  • 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.
  • Pinpoint precision: the Light Processing Unit (LPU) maintains a uniform, high density laser spot to ensure accurate, repeatable prints.
  • Remote Print: 3D print from anywhere via the online Dashboard.
LFS 3D printing
Above: The Form 3 in studio with printed gasket/Image Credit: Formlabs

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 the Form 3 to print large parts fast.

3D printing
Above: The Form 3L printer from Formlabs/Image Credit: Formlabs

In addition to the new hardware, Formlabs also launched 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.

Speaking about the new technology, Max Lobovsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Formlabs said, “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.”

Offering more details on how the company has taken a huge step forward with the new technology, Lobovsky adds, “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.”

Seven years ago, Formlabs introduced the first powerful, affordable desktop SLA 3D printer. Since then, the company has shipped more than 50 thousand printers, and its customers have 3D printed more than 40 million parts. The company is now leading the way in how to grow 3D printing from one machine to many, from prototyping tool to game changer.


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