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  • Form 3 - LFS 3D printer View larger

    Form 3 - 3D printer LFS

    Formlabs

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    3 299,00 €tax excl.
    3 991,79 €tax incl.

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    3D resin printer that allows you to obtain quality parts quickly and easily.

    Form 3 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. Form 3 is characterized by prototypes on a larger scale with a printing volume of 145x145x185 mm and by the manufacture of industrial quality end pieces 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 LPU (Light Processing Unit), a single module that contains all the 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 clear and clean features thanks to the high-power laser passing through a filter and guarantees a concentrated laser point. The parabolic mirror ensures that the projection of the laser 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 the laser and a high speed, reducing printing times. The operation of this module can be clearly seen in the following video.

    Video 1: LFS module. Source: Formlabs

    Continuing with more technological advances, the Form 3 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. Within the LPU module there are optical sensors that constantly correct the amplitude, the power and even detect the presence of dust, something fatal for the operation of the laser. A new resin level sensor quickly and reliably detects all materials, which speeds up the change of resin. Like Form 2, 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 build 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. At higher with Form 3, Formlabs has been overcome by designing a large number of elements that can be replaced by the user, the LPU module as the rollers and the optical window. This drastically reduces repair time.

    LPU Module

    Image 1: LPU Module. Source: Formlabs

    With the 3D resin printer Form 3 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 3 over Wi-Fi very easily. Once the printing is finished, the supports are removed and the pieces are transferred to the washing center (Form Wash) and then to the curing center (Form Cure). At the end of these simple steps, the pieces would be ready for use.

    Finished printing

    Image 2: Finished printing. Source: Formlabs

    Printing after removing supports

    Image 3: Printing after removing supports. Source: Formlabs

    As a summary of everything seen above we can say that Form 3 is a 3D resin printer ready for use from the first minute and with everything necessary to obtain quality parts quickly and easily, even if you do not have prior knowledge on resin 3D printers.

    Parts manufactured with Form 3

    Image 4: Parts manufactured with Form 3. Source: Formlabs

    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 3, 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 3.

    Print

    To start printing simply go to Form 3, 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 3
    FabricantFormLabs (Massachusetts, USA)
    TechnologyLFS
    CertificatesCE
    Printer properties
    Print volume 145 x 145 x 185 mm
    Power of the laser250 mW
    Light source-
    ScreenTouch 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
    Software and conectivity
    Software-
    Compatible files -
    Conectivity USB, Ethernet or WiFi
    Electrical properties
    InputAC 100-240V / AC 2.5A / 50-60Hz
    Output-
    Consumption-
    Dimesions and weight
    Printer dimensions 405 x 530 x 780 mm
    Printer weight 17.5 kg
    HS Code8477.5900
    BASIC package content 1x Form 3
    1x Resin tank
    1x Build platform
    1x PreForm Software 
    1x Finish Kit:
         1x Finishing tray
         1x Scraper
         1x Pre Rinse Tub
         1x Post Rinse Tub
         1x Rinse basket
         1x Squeeze Bottle
         1x Flush Cutters
         1x Tweezers
         1x Disposable Nitrile Gloves
         1x PEC PAD Wipes
         1x Microfiber cloth
         1x Removal tool
         1x Removal Jig
    BASIC + ONLINE TRAINING package contentBASIC package
    +
    4 hours of training by videoconference * 
    COMPLETE + ONLINE TRAINING package contentBASIC package
    +
    1x FormWash
    1x FormCure
    1x Standard resin cartridge
    1x Extended Warranty Service 1 more year (Formlabs covers the cost of RMA, if it is approved)
    1x Professional Service Coverage Plan (Helpdesk designed to meet the needs of your company and offer a quick response to critical problems. Round-trip machine costs not included.)
    +
    4 hours of training by videoconference *

    * You can hire face-to-face training. Price consultation through contact form.

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