Formlabs Form 3 Review

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The Formlabs Form 3 is a high-quality, low hassle SLA Printer that will produce amazing 3D prints of whatever you ask of it for an obscenely high amount of money. But that’s the price you have to pay for quality in 3D printers right now. Check out our best 3D printer list to learn more about 3D printers!

Why We Like It – Formlabs Form 3

The Formlabs Form 3 is a high-quality SLA Printer that utilizes a laser to transform liquid resin into solid form. It’s a sophisticated machine that can produce the highest-quality prints without any undue strain which makes it great for people who want to do a lot of printing without problems.

Pros
  • Amazing print quality
  • Auto-refills the resin tank
  • User-friendly post processing
Cons
  • No camera to check on it if you’re away
  • Use of third-party resins voids the warranty
  • Obscenely expensive

Performance

With the Form 3, Formlabs is introducing their new Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) technology. The innovation here is the flexible plastic on the bottom layer allowing the machine to use less force in pulling the hardened layers up. Unfortunately there is no camera inside the Form 3 to check on the prints so you won’t know if a print has failed until the printing process is complete or you check it while it’s printing. Still, the Form 3 produces quality prints with detail and smoothness. You can also check out the Zortrax M200 3D Printer to see another example of quality prints.

Design

The Formlabs Form 3 carries an impressive build volume of 145mmX145mmX185mm. The Form 3’s laser and optics are found under the resin tank in a sealed package called the Light Processing Unit which protects it from dust and can be completely replaced by the user. The Form 3 also fills the resin cartridge by itself which is a plus because standard resin is nasty, stinky stuff. The Form three is a versatile open/closed printer, but you can try the LulzBot Mini 3D printer if you want a specifically open frame.

Value

The post processing methods of the Form 3 are user-friendly with Formlabs shipping its form wash and the entire post-processing kit with the purchase of the complete package of Form 3. It’s expensive, though. So if you’re on the market for SLA Printers you may be turned off by the $3,500 – $5,000 price range (depending on what package you get). If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, consider looking at the XYZprinting Nobel 3D Printer.

Formlabs Form 3 Wrap Up

The Formlabs Form 3 will print what you want to print in stunning accuracy and detail and leave you feeling amazed. It will also leave your bank account empty, and it’s unfortunate that you must use their resins as using a third-party’s resin will void the warranty. Still, its print quality will be very hard to beat.

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Value8.6
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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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