“When we launched the world’s first desktop stereolithography 3D printer in 2012, Formlabs created new possibilities for designers and engineers to create physical products by giving them access to professional 3D printing technology that had hitherto been unavailable,” said Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs. “With Fuse 1, we have taken the same approach to making powerful SLS technology available to a huge range of customers. And with Form Cell, we are making an efficient, scalable production solution by leveraging the Form 2, an SLA print engine that’s already stood the test of printing more than 10 million parts.”
Numerous companies, including global brands like Google, are already testing the new systems and New Balance announced a strategic collaboration with Formlabs to make high-performance footwear.
“SLS technology enables designers and engineers to accelerate their prototyping process by combining realistic material properties with the minimization of 3D printing design constraints,” said David Beardsley manager of Google ATAP Skunkworks. “With the Fuse 1, a combination of high precision parts, reduced cycle time and robust materials allow teams to easily iterate throughout the design process and accelerate from whiteboard to final parts.”
“By enabling teams to easily iterate and also to directly manufacture final products, Fuse 1 and Form Cell open up a wealth of innovation flexibility within the product development cycle, from early prototyping to manufacturing,” said Dávid Lakatos, chief product officer of Formlabs.
With the new developments, Formlabs is powering next-generation digital manufacturing and enabling mass customization through industrial 3D printing.
Fuse 1 Highlights:
- The Fuse 1 brings the industrial power of SLS 3D printing to the benchtop, with the intuitiveness and reliability that users of the Form 2 have come to love.
- 20x less expensive than the cheapest industrial SLS machines, the Fuse 1 printer starts at $9,999 and is available for reservation with a deposit of $1,000; shipping estimated mid-2018.
- Complete package at $19,999, which along with the printer will include a post-processing station with material recovery, an extra build piston for continuous usage, and initial material load.
- Available materials include Nylon PA 12 and PA 11 materials, the industry standards for strong and durable functional prototyping and end-use parts. Fuse 1-sintered parts meet or exceed the material properties published by their industrial counterparts.
- SLS produces the least expensive per-part cost in 3D printing and enables the production of large, geometrically complex prints without any supports.