3d printers

Formlabs promises up to 40% speed increase with new 3D printers – TechCrunch

When Formlabs launched on Kickstarter nearly a decade ago, it broke out of the (then) crowded field of 3D printing startups by offering an accessible approach to high-resolution stereolithography.

It was a big deal, introducing technology that had until now been relegated to much more expensive industrial machines. It’s paying off for the company, which achieved dual unicorn status earlier this year, even as much of the competition has disappeared. The company claims to have sold over 90,000 printers to date.

Today at CES, the MIT spin-out announced a pair of new printers – the Form 3+ and the Form 3B+. As the name suggests, the new printers are updates to the Form 3 and 3B, announced in 2019. The main update here is speed – promising exposure and printing up to 40% faster than the previous models. This comes thanks to more powerful, higher intensity lasers for the resin curing process. The new Build Platform 2, meanwhile, promises faster and easier print removal.

“Formlabs created the market for professional desktop printers, and our Form 3 became a bestseller,” CEO Max Lobovsky said in a statement linked to the CES news. “The Form 3+ is the next iteration designed to help users get from idea to part as quickly and easily as possible.

Also new to the show is a new ESD (electrostatic discharge) resin for printing, designed specifically for electronics manufacturing, automotive and aerospace applications.