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MIT Media Lab spinoff Formlabs is one of the few 3D desktop 3D printing companies that has managed to buck the trends of a shrinking field. The startup found success by embracing stereolithography (SLA) printing, a technology that was previously the realm of hulking, industrial printers.
Previously far too expensive an unwieldy for many prototypers and hobbyists, the technology was much sought after for precision and detail you can’t get with standard FDM printing. With its latest devices, unveiled today at the Additive Manufacturing conference in Hannover, Germany, the company promises even more accuracy and detail than earlier models.
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The Form 3 and and Form 3L mark the debut of a technology the company has deemed Low Force Stereolithography — or LFS. The new spin on the tech utilizes a similar resin based approach as SLA, but can offer more repeatable design for small scale manufacturing.
“We entered the industry seven years ago with the first powerful, affordable desktop SLA 3D printer and since then have shipped more than 50 thousand printers, and our customers have printed more than 40 million parts,” co-founder and...
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