Posted on December 10, 2013 by Sam Jacoby
Just in time for winter, we're thrilled to announce White Resin.
White isn’t just another color in our growing resin library; it’s been designed to produce parts that are exceptionally smooth and color-stable, for when the look and feel of your printed model is essential. We’ve been printing up a snowstorm to match Boston's weather and we're excited for you to do the same.
If you’d like to change what resin you’ll be receiving with an order you've already placed, use the following form and we’ll process your change before your order is shipped: Resin Change Form.
We’re excited about materials to come. Our team is working on a variety of new resins for specialized applications. Stay tuned — we’ll let you know when they’re ready. In the meantime, we want to hear from you! What kind of resins do you need? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and G+.
Posted on December 06, 2013 by Sam Jacoby
If you're in California (or Mexico!) come and check out a Form 1 at the San Diego Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, December 7. Stop by our space with Fab Lab SD for a look at printers a-printing, amazing parts, and to chat with our team who'll be on-hand to answer your questions.
For an up-to-date listing of all of our upcoming events, see our listing here.
3DPPVD 3D Printing Meet-up in Providince, RI
On the other coast, we'll be heading to Providence, Rhode Island on December 11 next week, for the monthly meet-up of the 3D-printing group, 3DPPVD. Come by AS220 at 7PM to hear about the Form 1, our R&D process, and see the Form 1 at work. For more details, see the full event listing here: Formlabs 3DPPVD Meet-up.
Posted on December 03, 2013 by Sam Jacoby
We’ve got something exciting to announce today. By the end of this week, we’ll have completed shipping our Kickstarter Form 1 printers.
Thank you. We’re here because of you, our first believers and first backers. Thanks for all of your patience, encouragement, and feedback.
What began as an idea and a break-out Kickstarter campaign has grown into an all-star team and a fantastic community.
Over 1,000 printers have left our warehouses. Today, there are Form 1s in the USA, Poland, Singapore, Hong Kong, and 30 other countries. A handful of printers are still in transit — we’re navigating various country-specific customs and importation processes — so if you don’t have your shipping notice yet, not to worry. Our growing logistics team is on it. As always, if you have any questions, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our gyrocube backers — we haven’t forgotten you. These little gems have been shipping steadily. If you haven't received yours yet, you will soon. We’re shipping them out as fast as we can print them!Pre-order Shipments Are Starting
The conclusion of our Kickstarter campaign means that we’ll be shipping printers to our pre-order customers starting this week. We expect to make rapid progress on our backlog. We will fulfill orders by the date in which they were received -- and we're on target to meet our latest estimates. Keep an eye on your inbox.
Pre-order customers, we know you've been waiting. You've kept us moving forward and helped us keep the lights on. Look for a note with a little surprise from us when you receive your printer. Thanks for having helped us launch this 3D printing revolution.EuroMold: Come Say Hello
We’ll have examples of our latest prints — and a sneak peek at our newest resin at Euromold in Frankfurt, Germany, this week. Stop by Hall 11.0 to say hello to our team and see the Form 1 in action. As always, visit our forums at http://forums.formlabs.com and follow us on twitter.
Posted on November 28, 2013 by Rachel Martin
To commemorate the (almost) never-to-be-seen-again confluence of the first day of Hanukkah and American Thanksgiving, Thanksgivukkah, Formlabs design-engineer Sivan printed...the turknorah! Menurkey?
Whatever mashup name you’d like to give it, the turkey menorah is undeniably festive. It’s a holiday for us in the US, so for this post, we’re going to kick back and let you do the work. Which is to say, we’re going to show off the great prints you’ve been posting in the forums — there’s been a lot!
- Colus’s elephant head sculpt shines after a thorough finishing.
- Zac Wollons’s walking robots are ready to march.
- Alex Friderici didn’t let twenty-four hours pass after Smithsonian X 3D opened their model archives for public perusal — he modified a mammoth skeleton so it’s primed to print on a Form 1. The Laser Cowboys at Smithsonian X 3D were super impressed!
We’ve got an exciting couple of weeks ahead. Next week we’re going to be visiting Euromold 2013; Frankfurt locals, come say hello in Hall 11.0 / Stand FN02a, in the Digimold section. For an upcoming roster events, see here: upcoming Formlabs events.
Happy Thanksgiving to our US supporters, Happy Hanukkah for all those celebrating, and to everyone else, have a great Thursday.
We'll have some updates for you on our shipping and Kickstarter status next week — as well as some other exciting announcements — so stay tuned.
Posted on November 15, 2013 by Rachel Martin
The button circled above limits rotation so that your model only spins about the z-axis. With this type of rotation, you don't need to re-generate the support structures each time you move the model. This especially helps when you’re placing multiple models on the build platform — packing is a lot less time-consuming!
For those of you who print large models, we’ve added a feature that automatically pauses the print when we’ve estimated that you’ll need to top off your tank.
PreForm 0.9.2 Changelog
- Z-only rotation for faster layout and packing manipulation
- Automatic pause for refilling your resin tank
- Less cross-linking between support structures, allowing easier removal
- Cutouts on internal supports to reduce material usage
- Improved OS X Mavericks compatibility
- Assorted bug fixes and stability improvements
For all our customers out there still waiting for their Form 1 — we hear you, and we promise we’re working hard. If you have a question about a specific order, please drop a note to our team, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Posted on November 14, 2013 by Sam Jacoby
Formlabs also just received one of CES’s Innovation Awards, putting us in league with some of the coolest folks out there, like our Cambridge-based neighbors MC10. We're thrilled to be recognized and we know that we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us, as we ship the Form 1 around the world.
Posted on November 11, 2013 by Sam Jacoby
The latest issue of MAKE magazine just arrived and we noticed something familiar on the cover! The MAKE folks put the Form 1 through its paces, running it head-to-head with a number of other printers in their annual Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. Here’s what they said:
Formlabs has created a modern marvel — a thoroughly enjoyable user experience and fast, high quality prints.”
What can we say? We’re blushing.
To top it off, they dubbed the Form 1 "Best in Class: Resin." For the write-up, head over to Make: Ultimate 3D Printing Round-up.