Formlabs spun off from the MIT Media Lab in 2011 to develop a high quality, low cost 3D printer that enables designers and engineers to create 3D forms with the touch of a button.
Formlab’s Form 1’s stereolithography (SL) technology approaches the highest resolution available in 3D printing, blowing away plastic extrusion (FDM) performance. The printer forms layers as thin as 25 microns (.001 inches) with details as small as 300 microns (.012 inches) in a build volume of 4.9 x 4.9 x 6.5 inches (125 x 125 x 165mm). Users can print parts with the complex geometries, exquisite details, and beautiful surface finish required by design professionals.
The Form Finish Kit was designed to complement a seldom-discussed but enormously important part of the 3D printing process - the finishing steps. With any system, newly printed parts require some form of manual steps to arrive at a final, useable result. The Form Finish Kit completes the print process with a curated set of tools, each carefully selected for an intuitive and simple experience that makes the final steps easy, clean, and organized.
Formlabs raised a record breaking $2.94 million on Kickstarter in October 2012. In November of 2012, 3D Systems announced that it had initiated a patent infringement lawsuit against Formlabs.Form Finishing 3D Printing,