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3-D printer from Formlabs
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With 3-D printing all the rage lately, it’s hardly surprising that another massively funded kickstarter project this year has been the affordable, professional 3D printer from Formlabs.
With a whopping 2,068 backers pledging $2,945,885 –well above the original $100,000 goal—the machine’s inventors, researchers from MIT’s media lab, made a pretty package thanks to putting the project on Kickstarter.
While 3-D printers seem to have become almost a commodity amongst the nerdy, the Form 1 is different in that it doesn’t just use cheap plastic, but liquid photopolymer resin, which hardens rapidly when exposed to light of a certain wavelength.
The system uses stereolithography, in which a laser outlines one printed layer on the surface of a container of liquid resin, moves the layer up and continues printing from the top down. This is different to most 3-D printers which print from the bottom, up.
Another feature that makes the Form 1 quite remarkable is its level of precision for an entry level 3-D printer price. Formlabs claims the machine can build layers at 25 micron thickness, which is about a quarter of the thickness to its nearest price competitor, MakerBot’s new Replicator 2.
The printer can print up to a maximum size of 4.9 x 4.9 x 6.5 inches and can be seen in the video below:
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