Affordable 3D printing of large pieces

.. Start your own 3D printing of large pieces with an affordable, high-quality and reliable Formlabs 3D Printer Form 3L ..

Author: Rok Vojska

The development of 3D printers experienced a great boom in 2009, when patents for old, already established technologies began to fall. Due to the fall of patents, these technologies have become more accessible to the general public. The first printers were intended only for larger companies, as the price was very high.

Formlabs took advantage of this opportunity and in its 7-year history has delivered over 50,000 SLA 3D printers that have printed over 40 million pieces. At the Hannover Messe 2019, a new generation of industrial 3D printers was presented: Form 3 in Form 3L.

Form 3 enables the printing of already 80% of all models with its working range of 145 x 145 x 185 mm. When this is not enough and larger pieces or serial printing of smaller pieces are required, Formlabs offers a solution in Form 3L with as much as 5 times the working area than Form 3, ie 335 x 200 x 300 mm. With this affordable and quality printer, there is no need to split models. Finish ordering from external providers and print large pieces or several smaller ones yourself during the weekend and save on time and costs.

The printers run on the new Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) technology (. The technology provides fewer support elements, advanced sensors and notifications, user-replaceable 3D printer components, extremely smooth printed surfaces, easy maintenance, and a wide range of materials. The printers produce simple as well as very demanding geometries that other manufacturing methods cannot match.

Accessibility and flexibility for everyone

The materials of this technology are in a liquid state based on resin, which is hardened layer by layer by a UV laser and thus converts the 3D model into a physical piece. Formlabs’ library of materials already contains over 25 different materials with specific properties and purposes of use. Due to the wide selection of materials, each user can find the right solution. The flexibility of exchange between materials enables testing of innovations and discovery of new products and aids for growth and development.

Form 3 and Form 3L are suitable for sole proprietors and craftsmen, for educational institutions, goldsmiths, artists, designers, researchers, as well as for the field of healthcare, as with Form 3B and Form 3BL you can print with various biocompatible materials that can be in contact with mucosa and skin. An extensive library of materials offers a solution for virtually every user. From pieces that can withstand 239 ° C, elastic materials such as silicone to pieces with glass particles for extreme rigidity and more. The smooth surface, expressive details and high precision also enable goldsmiths to make jewelry for casting with clean combustion, and healthcare professionals the precision and biocompatible devices for surgical procedures. 3D printers are also indispensable in educational institutions, where students learn about the technology of the future and realize their ideas.

Fight against COVID-19

Formlabs has also come to the rescue in the fight against COVID-19. Within the company, they have identified a specific group of people who are researching various solutions using 3D printers. They work with a number of healthcare institutions and users to accelerate the development and approval of printed end-use devices. One example is the printing of nasal swabs in collaboration with the Spanish Virtual Valdecilla Hospital. Within two weeks, they worked together to come up with the appropriate swab format printed on a Formlabs Form 3B printer with the biocompatible Surgical Guide Resin material. Within the institution, they can print 324 pieces in just eleven hours or 650 pieces in 24 hours with one of their Form 3B printers. The product is FDA certified and can be cleaned in an autoclave due to the material.

Formlabs is constantly improving the performance and capability of its products, so we can expect something new every month. Join a 3D printing company and accelerate your development, prototyping, production, or start making jewelry, figurines, or other accessories.

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