Formlabs Has Introduced the Form 2 SLA 3D Printer

23 Sep


When talking about an accessible 3D printers using SLA printing technology the name Formlabs often comes first in mind and the company has just introduced their new model – the Form 2. The new model comes with a 40% larger build volume, touch-screen controls, and Wi-Fi and Ethernet LAN connectivity allowing for even better desktop stereolithography 3D printing. The new model comes with new integrated resin system that automatically dispenses resin allowing for bigger prints, less mess, and longer tank life. A new peel mechanism and heated resin tank create a reliable print process for large, solid parts and intricate details. The new model comes with 50% more powerful laser in the form of a 250mW precision laser guided by custom-built galvanometers, delivering bigger prints with better detail.

The new model also comes with new resin cartridges that have RFID tags in order for the printer to track the exact level of resin left and properly use the auto refilling system. There however will be a special Open Mode that will allow you to print using 3rd party resins, but for these you will have to manually refill the tank with resin. The price of the new Formlabs Form 2 3D printer starts at €3299 Euro excluding VAT for Europe or $4199 USD for USA. The prices of the resins and additional accessories for the new Form 2 SLA 3D printer start at the same levels as the ones for the previous Form 1 and Form 1+ models.

Formlabs Form 2 Technical Specifications:
– Printer Dimensions: 35 × 33 × 52 cm / 13.5 × 13 × 20.5 in
– Printer Weight: 13 kg / 28.5 lbs
– Operating Temperature: Auto-heats to 35° C / Auto-heats to 95° F
– Power Requirements: 65 W, 100–240 V, 1.5 A 50/60 Hz
– Laser Specifications: 405nm violet laser, 250mW laser
– Connectivity: Wifi, Ethernet and USB
– Printer control: Interactive Touch-screen with Push-button
– Technology: Stereolithography (SLA)
– Peel Mechanism: Sliding Peel Process with wiper
– Resin Fill System: Automated
– Build Volume: 145 × 145 × 175 mm / 5.7 × 5.7 × 6.9 in
– Layer Thickness: 25, 50, 100, 200 microns / 0.001, 0.002, 0.004, 0.008 inches
– Laser Spot Size: 140 microns / 0.0055 inches
– Supports: Auto-Generated, Easily Removable
– Resin cartridges: 1L cartridges

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2 Responses to Formlabs Has Introduced the Form 2 SLA 3D Printer


May 3rd, 2016 at 00:45

This printer is now a few months on the market. There are already some other game players like Nobel 1.0 and Liquid Crystal. However the quality of prints from the newer and cheaper printers is worse that from From 2. But I read that there are also some problems with Form 2 like laser dot size. There is still no real comparison of the quality of prints from this line of printers. And there are new printers coming soon. I’d like to buy one but which?

Kevin Vaughan

August 12th, 2016 at 04:54

We have only been with Formlabs for a few months, but our experience has been very good so far. Our customers seem to really link the Form 2. In one recent case, a local custom jeweler, was interested in the Form 2 for the Castable Resin. But, because the part details were so demanding, we needed to provide some real-world test parts that were ready for casting. I’m pleased to say that the parts came out very nice and she moved forward with the Form 2. Now we are just waiting to see the latest casting from her most recent creations.

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