Formlabs Unveils Next-Gen 3D Printers: Form 4 and Form 4B

Formlabs, a pioneer in 3D printing, has introduced its latest innovation with the launch of Form 4 and Form 4B, marking a significant advancement in professional 3D printing technology. These new flagship resin 3D printers set a groundbreaking standard in additive manufacturing, boasting Formlabs’ cutting-edge Low Force Display™ (LFD) print engine, an updated selection of top-tier resins, automated post-processing capabilities, and an enhanced user interface. The Form 4’s impressive print speeds, up to five times faster than its predecessor, promise to revolutionize productivity for a wide range of professionals, including product designers, engineers, manufacturers, healthcare specialists, and innovators, facilitating rapid design iterations and shorter time-to-market.

Max Lobovsky, CEO and Co-founder of Formlabs, expressed the significance of the Form 4 release, stating, “Form 4 represents a monumental leap forward for Formlabs, our customers, and the entire 3D printing industry. Building upon our legacy of innovation, which began over a decade ago with the creation of the desktop SLA 3D printer category, we have leveraged insights from extensive market experience to deliver our best SLA printer yet. With unparalleled reliability and groundbreaking speed, the Form 4 will redefine the product development process for our customers.”

The Form 4 stands as the fourth generation of desktop resin 3D printers from Formlabs, elevating performance to unprecedented levels with its rapid print speeds, exceptional reliability, superior material properties, impeccable print quality, and user-friendly operation.

Key Highlights of the Form 4:

  • Lightning-fast print speeds: Achieving print speeds two to five times faster than the Form 3+, Form 4 leverages masked stereolithography (mSLA) technology to enable same-hour iteration or batch production, completing most prints in under two hours and small parts in mere minutes.
  • Innovative LFD™ print engine: Departing from conventional laser and galvanometer technology, Form 4 integrates an ultra-high-power backlight, proprietary release texture, Light Processing Unit 4 (LPU 4), and dual-layer, flexible film resin tank for unparalleled performance.
  • Unrivaled reliability: Ensuring industry-leading print success through validated print settings, precision heating, force sensing, and debris detection.
  • Exceptional print quality: With 50-micron pixels, advanced pixel smoothing, and light touch supports, Form 4 delivers stunning parts with unmatched accuracy and consistency.
  • User-friendly design: Featuring automated resin handling, instant material changes, automated post-processing, and quick release build platform technology, Form 4 makes 3D printing accessible to all skill levels.
  • Enhanced cost-effectiveness: Offering a 40 percent reduction in cost per part with long-lasting resin tanks and Light Processing Unit, lower resin pricing, increased print volume, and higher throughput.

The Form 4 has garnered praise from industry leaders like Microsoft and Ford Motor Company, who commend its speed, versatility, and ability to drive efficiency in product development.

Furthermore, Formlabs is expanding its industry-leading resin library with six new formulations, including General Purpose Resins optimized for the Form 4 ecosystem, Fast Model Resin, and Precision Model Resin. These resins offer improved performance and faster print times, catering to various professional needs.

With its groundbreaking technology and unmatched performance, Form 4 is poised to redefine the landscape of professional 3D printing, empowering users across industries to innovate faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Original source MMI

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