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Formlabs Creates Low-Cost, High-Quality 3D Printer that Fits on a Desktop

Posted By Kristine Lofgren On September 28, 2012 @ 5:34 pm In DIY,green technology,News | No Comments

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Up until now, high-quality 3D printers [1] have been incredibly expensive, making them an unrealistic option for the average creator. But Formlabs [2] is about to change all that with Form 1 – an affordable 3D printer that fits on a desktop and makes professional quality printed objects. For the first time, printing a high-quality 3D model with the touch of a button is within reach any designer or engineer.

Formlambs, MIT Media Labs, 3D Printing, 3d Printing technology, stereolithography, resin printing, model printing, Form 1 printer, The Form 1 [3]

Formlabs was created in 2011 after spinning off of the MIT Media Lab [4] with the goal of producing a high-quality 3D printer that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Most 3D printers [5] on the market today cost tens of thousands of dollars to purchase, or they are unable to produce high-quality results. The Form 1 printer can be had for a fraction of the cost while delivering fantastic results.

The Form 1 printer uses stereolithography technology [6], which is the highest standard in 3D printing, to create a print out of resin. The Form 1 can create prints that are accurate up to .001-inch with features as small as .012-inches. When required, the Form 1 can create a print that has small support structures that can be snapped off to help create the finished product.

Form 1 is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter [7] and has surpassed its $100,000 goal by over $800,000.

+ Formlabs [8]

Via Wired


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[1] 3D printers: http://inhabitat.com/pics-dus-architects-unveils-worlds-first-movable-3d-printing-pavilion-in-amsterdam/

[2] Formlabs: http://formlabs.com/pages/our-printer

[3] Image: http://inhabitat.com/formlabs-creates-low-cost-high-quality-3d-printer-that-fits-on-a-desktop/formlabs-form-1-3d-printer-affordable-desktop-resin-on-table/

[4] MIT Media Lab: http://www.media.mit.edu/

[5] 3D printers: http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-stone-spray-3d-printer-robot-creates-entire-buildings-from-sand/

[6] stereolithography technology: http://inhabitat.com/areion-ev-worlds-first-3d-printed-car-hits-140-kmh/

[7] seeking funding on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/formlabs/form-1-an-affordable-professional-3d-printer

[8] + Formlabs: http://formlabs.com/

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