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Formlabs Launches New Form 3+ and Form 3B+ 3D Printers, New ESD Resin at CES 2022

Formlabsa resin-based 3D printer manufacturer, announced two new 3D printers and a new 3D printing resin at CES 2022.

The company’s latest drop includes both the Form 3+ and the Form 3B+, the fastest 3D printers from Formlabs to date. Based on the company’s Low Force Stereolithography technology, the new systems are set to succeed the hugely popular Form 3 and Form 3B printers, offering revamped hardware and improved software.

Joining the 3D printers is Formlabs’ latest in-house materials offering: ESD resin. Photopolymer is the company’s premier antistatic material, meaning it is suitable for ESD-protected parts.

Max Lobovsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Formlabs, said, “Formlabs created the market for professional desktop printers, and our Form 3 became a bestseller. The Form 3+ is the next iteration designed to help users get from idea to part as quickly and easily as possible.

The Formlabs Form 3+ 3D printer. Photo via Formlabs.

Form 3+ and Form 3B+ 3D printers

Formlabs’ new flagship 3D printers build on more than three years of development focused on improving proprietary low-force stereolithography technology. Created with quality and productivity in mind, the Form 3+ and Form 3B+ feature high-intensity lasers and new material settings to enable print speeds up to 40% faster than their predecessors.

Priced at $3,499, the Form 3+ is a versatile system designed for working prototypes and end-use parts. The Form 3B+, meanwhile, is priced at $4,850 and designed to print medical devices, surgical tools, and other patient-specific parts with high precision and smooth surface finishes. Both machines sport 250mW laser power, 85 micron laser spot size, layer thicknesses and XY resolutions down to just 25 microns.

Additionally, Formlabs has implemented a next-generation “Build Platform 2” in its new 3D printers. The hardware upgrade includes patented Quick Release technology and a flexible print surface to make part removal easier than ever. Resin prints can be removed without the use of tools in seconds, eliminating the risk of damaging both the parts and the print surface.

Lobovsky adds, “With Build Platform 2, we’ve improved the entire 3D printing workflow to make it easier than ever to create. The adoption of 3D printing is based on the technology’s ability to be easy to use and fast. Every piece of hardware we create meets this standard to ensure anyone can walk to a printer and start creating.

The Form 3+ and Form 3B+ 3D printers are available to order now.

Build Platform 2. Photo via Formlabs.
Build Platform 2. Photo via Formlabs.

ESD resin

Many Formlabs customers will, at some point, 3D print parts that come into contact with electronic components. These parts will often need anti-static properties to prevent electrostatic discharge, which can damage products or even start fires in the workshop.

ESD resin is specially designed for parts protected against electrostatic discharge. Components 3D printed using this material are able to protect sensitive systems and electronics from unregulated static discharge. The company expects its latest offering to enable new applications in industries such as electronics manufacturing, automotive and aerospace.

3D printed parts with ESD resin.  Photo via Formlabs.
3D printed parts with ESD resin. Photo via Formlabs.

Formlabs is undoubtedly one of the leading names in the professional-grade SLA and SLS markets, having sold over 90,000 3D printers to date. Most recently, the company’s Fuse 1 SLS system was validated for 3D printing orthodontic models, while the company also reformulated its popular Model Resin to double print speeds on its SLA 3D printers.

Last year, Formlabs also raised $150 million in a Series E funding round led by Tokyo-based venture capital firm SoftBank Investment Advisers. Vision Fund 2. The company said the additional funding effectively doubled its valuation to $2 billion, allowing it to expand its workforce, build on its SLA and SLS portfolio, and accelerate its product R&D.

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Featured image shows the Formlabs Form 3+ 3D printer. Photo via Formlabs.