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Formlabs launches fourth-generation Form 4

The $4,499 system is set to consolidate Formlabs leadership in affordable professional SLA, building on 130,000 installed systems

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Formlabs, the current leader in professional and prosumer VPP 3D printing according to VoxelMatters’ data, unveiled its fastest 3D printer to date with the launch of the new Form 4 and Form 4B. Starting below $5,000, the new flagship resin 3D printers feature Formlabs’ proprietary new Low Force Display (LFD) print engine, updates to the company’s library of industry-leading resins, new automated post-processing, and an improved user experience. With up to five times faster print speeds the new generation of machines looks to unlock new levels of productivity for product designers, engineers, manufacturers, healthcare professionals, and innovators to take design risks and accelerate time to market.

“Form 4 is a huge leap not only for Formlabs and our customers but also for the entire 3D printing world,” said Formlabs CEO and Co-founder Max Lobovsky. “More than a decade ago, Formlabs created the desktop SLA 3D printer category and set a new standard for accuracy, reliability, ease of use, and affordability in 3D printing. We’ve built on the strength and insights gathered from more than 130,000 printers on the market and over 300 million parts printed to deliver Form 4, our best SLA printer ever. Its reliability and new level of speed will transform how our customers develop new products.”

Form 4 highlights

With speeds two to five times faster than the Form 3+, depending on the material, Form 4 enables same-hour iteration or batch production with masked stereolithography (mSLA) technology. Most prints are completed in under two hours, with small parts taking only minutes of cycle time. Achieving maximum vertical print speeds of 100 mm per hour, the Form 4 employs a revolutionary LFD print engine. Departing from traditional laser and galvanometer technology, it features an ultra-high-power backlight (16 mw/cm2), proprietary release texture, Light Processing Unit 4 (LPU 4), and a dual-layer, flexible film resin tank.

Building on the recognized reliability of Formlabs’ systems, the Form 4 produces parts with up to to 50-micron pixels, highly collimated light, advanced pixel smoothing, and light touch supports. Its user-friendly design makes it intuitive for anyone to use, with the ability to learn printing in just 15 minutes. Automatic resin handling, instant material changes, automated post-processing, and quick-release build platform technology streamline the printing process.

Formlabs launches fourth-generation Form 4 and Form 4B to consolidate its leadership in affordable professional SLA

Moreover, the Form 4 delivers affordability without compromising on quality. With long-lasting resin tanks capable of over 75,000 layers and Light Processing Unit lasting for over 1 million layers, along with lower resin pricing, a 30% larger print volume, and 3.5 times higher throughput, it offers a 40% lower cost per part compared to alternatives.

“We support all hardware categories at Microsoft. Form 4 is our go-to choice for projects needing tight tolerances and engineering-grade materials,” said Mark Honschke, Additive Prototyping Lead, Microsoft. “It produces high-performance parts with amazingly fast print times and makes it possible for our model makers to produce multiple iterations in a 24-hour period.”

“Form 4’s speed and materials versatility enable us to create multiple prototypes and manufacturing aids every day,” added Bruno Alves, Development Engineer AM/IM, Ford Motor Company. “The printer has already changed the way we design and produce parts, helping us drive efficiency in our product development.”

Materials tarting at $99 per liter

In addition to the new printers, Formlabs is introducing six new resins to its industry-leading resin library, including. Four newly reformulated General Purpose Resins take advantage of the Form 4 ecosystem to print two to five times faster than Form 3 with improved toughness and color. A new Fast Model Resin is available for high-speed prototypes and production of orthodontic models and a new Precision Model Resin targets highly accurate dental models.

Additionally, Form 4 is validated to use 17+ other performance materials from Formlabs’ materials library, with new materials to be added regularly. Form 4B, designed for innovative healthcare professionals in the dental and medical industries, is compatible with 15 additional biocompatible materials.

Form 4 (starting at $4,499) and Form 4B (starting at $6,299) are available today from the company’s website.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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