Introduction: A New Dawn in 3D Printing
Formlabs, a pioneering force in 3D printing, has taken a giant leap forward with the launch of two groundbreaking materials, Silicone 40A and Alumina 4N Resin. They’ve also introduced an Open Platform option, unlocking a world of possibilities in 3D printing technology. Let’s dive into these exciting developments that are set to redefine how we create and innovate.
Formlab’s Silicone 40A: Revolutionizing Design Flexibility
Formlabs introduces Silicone 40A Resin, a game-changer in 3D printing. This innovative material seamlessly marries the adaptability of 3D printing with the unique properties of cast silicone. Say goodbye to the cumbersome molding and casting process. With Formlabs’ patent-pending Pure Silicone Technology, users can now craft intricate 100% silicone parts in-house, in a matter of hours.
- Functional prototypes
- End-use parts
- Wearables and medical devices
- Industrial and automotive components
Guy Cardwell, Director of R&D at HGM Automotive Electronics, raves, “Silicone 40A Resin gives me the flexibility to do designs that previously could only be done with a costly and time-consuming molding process.”
Alumina 4N Resin: The Pinnacle of Ceramic Engineering
Formlabs introduces Alumina 4N Resin, a technical ceramic with an impressive 98.6% relative density and 99.9% purity. This material stands strong in extreme conditions, making it ideal for industries ranging from manufacturing to defence.
- Thermal resistance
- Abrasion resistance
- Mechanical strength
- Chemical inertness
Moreover, Alumina 4N Resin streamlines production processes, reducing costs and shortening development cycles. Paired with Formlabs’ Form 3+ 3D printers, it offers the most cost-effective and user-friendly SLA ceramic 3D printing experience available.
The Open Platform: Unleashing Creativity
Formlabs introduces the Open Platform, a game-changer for SLA 3D printing. This platform offers three powerful features:
- Certified Materials: Explore a curated selection of top-tier third-party resins, expanding the possibilities for Formlabs users.
- Print Settings Editor: Empower advanced users to customize 3D print settings to meet their specific needs.
- Open Material License: An optional software license allowing expert users to 3D print with any 405 nm photopolymer resin.
The Fuse Starter Package: Professional-Grade 3D Printing Made Simple
Formlabs unveils the Fuse Starter Package, a comprehensive solution enabling professional-grade part production using high-performance materials. Designed for use with the Fuse 1+ 30W 3D printer, priced at $24,999, this package includes the Fuse Depowdering Kit, a system revolutionizing low-volume production.
- Easy material changes
- Streamlined workflow
Conclusion: Formlab Pioneering A New Era in 3D Printing
Formlabs is not just a 3D printer manufacturer; it’s a trailblazer in innovation. From Silicone 40A’s design flexibility to Alumina 4N’s ceramic excellence and the limitless potential of the Open Platform, Formlabs is changing the way we think about 3D printing. With the Fuse Starter Package, they’re ensuring that professional-grade 3D printing is accessible to all. Visit the Formlabs website and be part of this revolutionary journey today.
In the broader landscape of 3D printing, companies like Liqcreate and PolySpectra are also making waves with their new resins. Liqcreate’s Bio-Med Clear is setting a new standard for biocompatible 3D printing, while polySpectra’s COR Bio is poised to redefine medical device manufacturing.