Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer-Reviews and Buyers Guide The form 2 is proved to be a best 3D printer by Formlabs and it got much fame in the prosumer category, as it comes in a metal design and iconic orange enclosure. Having 40% larger build volume as compared to its predecessor. And it is best for those who really want highly accurate 3D objects printed.
When next layer is going to start, its sliding mechanism smoothly removes object out of from the print bed. And its self-heating resin tank warms the resin to get the consistent temperature to have best 3D print. It got the title of go-to machine for printing.
On the other hand many users said that it comes in affordable price, formlabs continuously releasing their slicing software updates to get print and print support materials.
All in all, due to its great features and specification this 3D printer got a label as a high-end printing machine especially for professionals and even also for architects.
The Formlabs Form2 3D printer got many positive points as it provides no doubt consistently reliable and satisfied performance that can bring forth or produce complex and even extremely detailed 3D objects. On the other hand it supports both network printing and USB printing as well.
Let me make you clear that this printer and all of its material is quite much expensive. And it also performs slowly, its printed objects need more cleaning and also remain sticky for weeks.
The Bottom Line
Much expensive and it is worth the investment for those with no doubt very specific needs and deep pockets.
In the beginning, you must sure about your requirements and secondly you must have extra budget to get special features using 3D printer to have great 3D object models.
As the matter of fact, the Formlabs is proved to be the prime example of all-round best 3D printer. Almost $3500 it is particularly a big investment. On the other hand, its print material called resin comes in liquid from costs at $149 per one liter cartridge that become about 2 pounds and you know that it is not cheap! But if you talk about SLA printer, Then Form 2 can only do print such forms having no ability to hollow out the big parts of the prints. It means that it will use more material when we compare to the most popular and affordable FFF that is called Fused Filament Fabrication 3D printers, as no doubt that it is costly!
As it worked very great in many tests and proved to be reliable. It comes with the feature of flexibility, supporting USB, wired network and even with Wi-Fi technology,having large touch screen that is easy to use. All in all, it comes with a handy kit that becomes useful when you clean your printed objects (as the matter of fact, all SLA prints must clean before use).
According to my experience, despite of its cost it is one of the best 3D printer I have ever used in my life. As it offers excellent performance but a bit slow and show stellar print quality.
Stereolithography 3D printing technology
The Formlabs if actually completely different from other 3D printers and it follows the technology of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).
Using FFF, on the print platform the objects are build layer by layer from the bottom up, same like icing the cake. On the other hand, using SLA the print platform of printer dips itself in the container which Is full of liquid resin and then pulled up slowly a solid 3D object. When print platform lower itself into the resin glass tank then an ultraviolet laser light shines on it coming from the underneath that can see-through tank. Sometimes SLA is said to be the laser 3D-printing technology. When more resin is exposed with the laser light, then it creates the pattern and join the layer above. As the print process is finished, the buld platform slow-veryslowly moves upward and pull the entire object out of the tank.
Let me tell you another huge difference between FFF and SLA 3D printing is, FFF no doubt produce much heat during print job as it is also required to melt the plastic filament. On the other hand SLA remain cool during the whole time. But resin can be messy. And yes FFF 3D object is ready to use when it comes out from printing, but SLA 3D object must be wshed after getting out of the printer with the strong solvent even for weeks.
Formlabs Form 2 3D printer specs
- Printer Dimensions: 13.5x13x20.5 inches(35x33x52 cm)
- Weight: 13 pounds (about 28 kg)
- Technique: SLA (Stereolithography Apparatus)
- Display: Interactive touch screen
- Build size: 5.7×5.7×6.9 inches (145 × 145 × 175 mm)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet
- Power Requirements: 100-240V
- Layer thickness: 0.001, 0.002, 0.004, 0.008 inches (25, 50, 100, 200 microns)
- Print material: Photopolymer resin
- Resin supply: Auto-refilling
- Software: Formlabs Preform
- File types: STL, OBJ, FORM
- Operating system: Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X 10.7 or later
The Form 2 is similar like a rectangular box that is placed like upward. It comes with a large see-through orange plastic hood which keeps the resin tank from the outside environment in print job. You can easily open the hood that is attached to the printer in order to have access the inside.
The printer comes with one print platform, one resin cartridge and one resin tank. If you want to print multiple types of resin and resin of different colors then you must have an extra resin tank.
As Formslab sell resin tank for $60 each and its resin cartridge also that costs between $150 and $300 each as all depend on the type you want to have,the Form2 is also proved to be the quite expensive to use professionally.
Specially thanks to its large touchscreen as it make work easy. This printer can be easily setup or connected through USB port on the back. And you can use touch screen to connect through Wi-Fi network. You can also control that through software that canbe available both for Mac and Windows.