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Form 3L - 3D printer LFS

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3D printer with improved SLA technology and large volume for impeccable printing.

Form 3L is a 3D resin printer that uses enhanced SLA technology. Formlabs, manufacturer more than known in the world of 3D printing, has reinvented its SLA technology to obtain impeccable prints in all the fabrications. The Form 3L is characterized by having a printing volume of 335x300x200 mm, five times more than the Fom 3, and by the manufacture of industrial quality final parts at a really affordable price.

The new LFS (Low Force Stereolithography) printing technology uses linear lighting and a flexible tank to convert liquid resin into solid parts. The part responsible for lighting is the LPUs (Light Processing Units), two identical modules that contain the same parts (lenses, mirrors and lasers) that are needed to solidify the resin during the manufacture of a piece with a laser power of 250 mW and a precision in an XY plane of 25 μm. This new system offers crisp, clean features thanks to each high-power laser passing through a filter and guaranteeing a concentrated laser point. The parabolic mirror ensures that the projection of the lasers on the manufacturing plane is always perpendicular, which ensures maximum print quality and the exact reproduction of the design to be manufactured. But here the advantages of the LPU do not end, a new high frequency galvanometer offers precise control over each laser at a high speed, reducing printing times. The operation of one half of this module can be clearly seen in the following video.

Video 1: LFS Module. Source: Formlabs

Continuing with more technological advances, the Form 3L has a large number of integrated sensors that constantly monitor the impressions. These sensors also help to keep all fabrications stable and inform the user of the status of the printer through alerts. Inside the LPU module there are optical sensors that constantly correct the amplitude, the power and even detect the presence of dust, something fateful for the operation of the lasers. A new resin level sensor quickly and reliably detects all materials, which speeds up the change of resin. Like the Form 2, the Form 3L has an automated heating system that maintains uniformly the temperature of the resin to promote its curing. Finally, a new sensor, located in the area of the manufacturing platform, ensures that printing starts smoothly.

Formlabs is always thinking about facilitating the work to its users. In models of previous 3D printers, for example the Form 2, it is very easy to change the resin tank and the build platform. For older people with the Form 3L, Formlabs has been overcome by designing a large number of elements that can be replaced by the user, such as the LPU module, the rollers and the optical window. Another advantage that favors users is that this 3D printer allows two resin cartridges to be connected, which avoids interruptions during high-volume fabrications. The set of all facilities drastically reduces waiting and repair times.

LPUs Module

Image 1: LPUs module. Source: Formlabs

With the 3D resin printer Form 3L you can create models easily and quickly. Simply enter the CAD file in STL or OBJ format the PreForm lamination software. This software automatically prepares the supports and allows you to send the impressions to Form 3L over Wi-Fi with great ease. Once the printing is finished, the supports are removed and the pieces are transferred to the washing center and then to the curing center. At the end of these simple steps, the pieces would be ready for use.

Speaker housing

Image 2: Speaker housing. Source: Formlabs

Formlabs has optimized Form 3B for all biocompatible resins and Form 3 / 3L for all other resins, which means that only Form 3B will be valid to use resins: Dental SG ResinDental LT Clear Resin, Surgical Guide Resin and future biocompatible resins.

As a summary of everything seen above we can say that the Form 3L is a 3D resin printer ready for use from the first minute and with everything necessary to obtain large and quality pieces quickly and easily.

Parts manufactured with Form 3L

Image 3: Parts manufactured with Form 3L. Source: Formlabs.

Pro Service Pack

This assistance package is designed to meet the needs of companies that require quick solutions to possible incidents.

This service includes priority technical support (by email and telephone), as well as a temporary replacement service for the 3D printer during the repair period.

The Pro Service Pack can be purchased together with the Form 3L printer for a period of 1 year, 2 years or 3 years.

Pre-printing

The first step is to choose the type of resin you want to use. Once the cartridge has been chosen and introduced in Form 3L, you should only start the ProForm software, choose the type of resin, the desired layer height and import the file you want to print. Finally, the print file is sent to Form 3L.

Print

To start printing simply go to Form 3L, press the button to start printing on the touch screen and start printing.

Post-printing

Once the printing is finished, the build platform base is removed and placed either in the isopropyl alcohol tank that includes the finishing kit or in the Form Wash, to later remove the supports. Finally, the piece must be cured to achieve the maximum mechanical performance. For this FormLabs has the Form Cure, an automated curing equipment, in which you only have to introduce the piece and select the type of material that has been used.

ModelForm 3L
Fabricant FormLabs (Massachusetts, USA)
Technology LFS
Certificates CE
Printer properties
Print volume 335 x 200 x 300 mm
Power of the laser 250 mW
Light source -
Screen Touch screen color
Electronics -
Firmware -
Resin level control -
Autolevel -
Webcam -
Print properties
Positioning resolution (XY) 25 μm
Positioning resolution (Z) -
Layer height 0.025 - 0.3 mm
Precision
Max print speed -
Resin storage temperature -
Operating humidity -
Working environment temperature 15ºC - 35ºC
Compatible resins All of Formlabs except biocompatibles (Dental SG Resin, Dental LT Clear Resin, Surgical Guide Resin and others)
Software and conectivity
Software -
Compatible files -
Conectivity  USB, Ethernet or WiFi
Electrical properties
Input AC 100-240V / AC 2.5A / 50-60Hz
Output -
Consumption -
Dimesions and weight
Printer dimensions 1050 x 900 x 1050  mm
Printer weight 48 kg
HS Code 8477.5900
Package content 1x Form 3L
1x Resin tank
1x Manufacturing platform
1x PreForm Software
1x Finishing kit:
1x Work tray
1x Scraper
1x Pre-rinse container
1x Container after rinsing
1x Rinsing basket
1x Cutting Pliers
1x Tweezers
1x Disposable nitrile gloves
1x PEC PAD Wipes
1x Microfiber cloth
1x Print base removal tool
1x Extraction spatula
1x Rinse Bucket V1
1x Form 3 Services (1 year Pro Service Plan + warranty)
Extra services Possibility of adding to the selected pack 2 or 3 extra years of Pro Service Plan and Additional Guarantee, with a saving of 399 € (Form 3 Services 2 years) or 1334 € (Form 3 Services 3 years) when purchased together with the printer.

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