Somerville Firm Seeks to Speed Up 3D Printing


FormLabs and its booth at the Expo CES 2015 (Shannon Nargi/BU News Service)
FormLabs and its booth at the Sands Expo CES 2015 (Shannon Nargi/BU News Service)

By Shannon Nargi
BU News Service

Las Vegas— Somerville-based 3D printing company Formlabs has continuously been at the forefront of the 3D printing trend, and here at CES that’s been no different. The company today announced an update in its software that will help to 3D print objects faster on its Form1+ printer than ever before.

Now, Formlabs announced, its Form1+ printer will work in what’s called “Draft Mode;” printing in 200 microns and using up to 60 percent fewer materials in print supports. While this results in a slightly reduced quality of the product, it also means faster printing and better functionality, which is helpful in rapid prototyping. Draft Mode can now shave minutes off of the printing of certain objects compared to other commercial 3D printers.

Formlabs got its start as a Kickstarter success story in 2012 with its first generation printer the Form1. The Form1+, which rolled out last summer, is the latest printer developed by the company that makes easy and professional 3D printing available for any user, with some new improvements over its previous model. The printer is renowned for its precision laser capabilities and use of liquid resin to build the object it’s printing, rather than melting plastic and waiting for it to harden like many other printers.

The Form1+ printer is prices at $3,299.


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