Meet our Form1+. This is our first desktop 3D Printer, and our first SLA machine. The Staub Additive met the guys at Formlabs on our trip to the Rapid show in Chicago, and were really impressed with their product. A group of students at MIT crowdsourced funding for this idea back in 2011, and today are running a multi-million dollar company. In our opinion, they’ve revolutionized 3D Printing with the Form1+.
Check out this video from Formlabs to see some great footage of the Form1+ in operation. The change that this company has made is that they have inverted the process, and are curing resin as the base is pulled out of the liquid container. When the printing is complete, parts are hanging upside down from the printing platform and are ready to be processed.
We’ve just taken delivery of this new machine, and so far have been amazed at the smoothness and intuitiveness of the Formlabs software. It’s just… easy to use, and we like that. We’ve experimented by building some clear parts, and have been impressed with the results. As you might know, Tony Staub is a big supporter of 4H, so our first parts were pigs! We’re seeing a level of detail that we didn’t expect, especially from a desktop 3D printer.
While there are some drawbacks and limitations, our first impressions of the Form1+ are very positive. Stay tuned for more details of our experience with this awesome little machine.