Formnext 2017

Accessible 3D printing for engineers and developers

| Editor: Rosemarie Stahl

One of Formlabs materials is a resin that is resistant to particularly high temperatures. With an HDT (Heat deflection temperature of 289°C, it is designed for applications such as casting and thermoforming.
One of Formlabs materials is a resin that is resistant to particularly high temperatures. With an HDT (Heat deflection temperature of 289°C, it is designed for applications such as casting and thermoforming. (Source: Stahl)

3D printing is applied in a very broad range of areas: Medical products, jewelery, prototyping, small-batch production. One company that seems to cater to all these branches is Formlabs. At Formnext 2017, the US-based company presented their complete range of products, from special printing materials and a new SLS printer to an automated cell.

One of the aims of Formlabs is to make access to 3D printing easier. This is why their new model, the Fuse 1 is a desktop printer. Engineers and developers can integrate 3D printing into their development and design processes without the need to install huge scale industrial printers. At the same time, the Fuse 1, a selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer, allows for printing high precision parts. Another innovation presented this year, is Formlab's Form Cell, a automated production solution for additive manufacturing that uses the 3D printer Form 2, Formlab's best-selling professional printer. Formlabs also offers a variety of materials for 3D printing. These include standard resins, a harder variant designed to simulate ABS plastic, a flexible rubber, resins for dental applications, and a high temperature resistant resin that can be used for processes as casting and thermoforming.

Watch this video by Formlabs, introducing its Fuse 1 3D printer:

“When we launched the world’s first desktop stereolithography 3D printer in 2012, Formlabs created new possibilities for designers and engineers to create physical products by giving them access to professional 3D printing technology that had hitherto been unavailable,” said Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs. “With Fuse 1, we have taken the same approach to making powerful SLS technology available to a huge range of customers. And with Form Cell, we are making an efficient, scalable production solution by leveraging the Form 2, an SLA print engine that’s already stood the test of printing more than 10 million parts.”

US-based Formlabs was founded in 2011 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms. More information on Formlabs and its products can be found on the Formlabs website: formlabs.com.

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