The Form 1 is Shipping!


Posted on May 17, 2013 by Luke Winston

Form Fans,

The Formlabs journey began early 2011 through conversations among a group of designers and engineers. Just like you, we saw the power of 3D printing but were frustrated by the complexity and enormous price tags that come with high-end professional machines. And so, we started to dream of a digital fabrication tool that was intuitive, powerful and affordable all at once.

Today that dream is here -- The Form 1 is shipping -- thanks to YOU.

We are proud to say that today we shipped the Collector’s Edition Form 1 printers and half of the Initial Formation tier of pledges. Kickstarter backers will be printing by the end of next week!

When we unveiled our prototypes last year, many of you showed your support in our efforts and backed it with pledges and orders. The Form 1 was truly created by a community, which makes you, our Kickstarter backers and our preorder customers, an integral part of the Form Team.

We especially appreciate your patience and encouragement as we fell behind our original delivery schedule. Fortunately, the hard work and many extra hours from the Formlabs team will make the average Form 1 only a few months late. This despite the complexity of a project that aimed to build precision hardware, develop desktop software, engineer high-quality materials, produce thousands of units, and ship them globally.

We will ship Form 1s as they are produced, fulfilling Kickstarter rewards and preorders by priority. As our production ramps and we have accurate data on our steady state production capacity, we will share more precise dates for each group of printer deliveries. (You will receive a personal confirmation e-mail the day your unit ships).

In the meantime, thanks again! And do drop by our booths at the Maker Faire in the Bay Area or ICFF in New York if you are around. Make sure to give the team a high five. They deserve it, and so do you!

We can’t wait to see what you create on your Form 1!

- The Form Team

P.S. For all you makers out there who want an inside look at the Form 1, check out hacker-extraordinaire (and Formlabs advisor) Bunnie Huang’s great tear-down blog post. (Note that opening the machine can be dangerous and may void your warranty)


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Comments

Posted on May 23 2013 at 11:05 PM by Snappy

@Austin

You built a business dependent on a Kickstarter project? Sounds like an obviously bad idea. If you’re going to run ANY kind of business you’ll need more realistic foresight than that.

Whether Formlabs delayed the product is irrelevant. Do you realize how careless it is to acquire customers and sell services based on a product that you don’t actually have in your posession yet? Get real man – That’s no way to run a business and it’s only appropriate that your “customers” left.

Regarding your loss of $10k, think of it this way: You’re only out $10k of imaginary money. If your business had sustainably healthy margins you could’ve fulfilled your customer’s wishes using a service like Shapeways or i.materialise and at least broken even while maintaining your customer base. Since you didn’t do that, it shows you either had unsustainably thin margins, you don’t actually value your consumer base, or you’re lacking the problem-solving ability to seek other fulfillment options.

Building a business around 3d printing technology isn’t simply about being able to use CAD and operate a slicer. If that were true, there’d be alot more millionaire hobbyists around here.

Don’t get too bummed. Lots of people are in the same boat as you. Just don’t blame the engineer/entrepreneur geniuses who are supplying you with this technology. We may be the creatives, but they’re the smart ones around here.

Posted on May 24 2013 at 12:05 AM by Dave

@Aric : Stop kissing Form1’s ass. You ain’t going to get your printer anytime soon. Maybe in 2014 xD There are about 1000 printers to ship and there is bound to be some hiccups along the way. ;P

Posted on May 24 2013 at 01:05 AM by Aric

@Dave When an ass looks that good, I can’t help but kiss it.

Posted on May 24 2013 at 03:05 PM by khalid

can any body advise me about the performace of fomula 1. i want to decide about the order is it really workable especially in the field of jewellry item like wedding ring , ear ring , locket set etc. please share ur experience if any body use formula 1 for jewellry purpose.

Posted on May 25 2013 at 03:05 AM by Lee

^ khalid – wait for a year or two before jewellers receive their form1 printer and use it successfully in making jewelry that is good enough to be sold and doesn’t look like a rough prototype

Posted on May 26 2013 at 06:05 AM by xiang

@lee,What you mean is that the form1 can use for jewellry?

Posted on May 26 2013 at 01:05 PM by BigFan

@xiang, Yes you can use the Form1 to copy and rip off other people’s jewelry designs and sell them really cheap at a lower quality. For that, the Form1 is perfect for you copy cats.

Posted on May 29 2013 at 03:05 AM by Dave

@Aric: have you seen this.. look at the 3 babies in red. https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/970243_370303306414654_1682230306_n.jpg

Posted on May 29 2013 at 04:05 AM by Cesar

They do not see much difference to B9 and form1 in that picture. Clearly the big red bird is much more size than the example of form1, so barely noticeable lines, whereas the small red bird is identical in detail to form1.
For this show to be valid, should be placed 3 (blue, gray and red) together and of course to the same scale.

Posted on May 29 2013 at 06:05 AM by Dave

@Cesar: The big red bird is the same size as the form1 print, and includes one in 1/2 and a much smaller one in 1/4. Ain’t that amazing.. Must be hard for you to believe. See this.. that’s a quarter coin right there ;)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/936962_370303569747961_605329401_n.jpg

Posted on May 29 2013 at 06:05 AM by Dave

Aric hiii! feast on this image:)

@Cesar: This is a regular sized ring btw with impressive crisp details, not a ring size double or triple ;)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/3903_370306176414367_1524089021_n.jpg

Posted on May 29 2013 at 08:05 AM by Cesar

Now can be better appreciated.
Then .. What is it you would have to do?
Ask the Form1? Reach that clarity?
Ask? Money back and buy a printer B9?
I would like to suggest or know where you’re going with all this, because the truth, I’m a little lost.

Posted on May 29 2013 at 09:05 AM by Dave

enjoy the images, suckah!

adios

Posted on May 29 2013 at 02:05 PM by Aric

They look equally great as the form1. The b9 can create some great 50 micron stuff if you can fit a design inside the tiny 2″×1.5″ build volume. Nobody seems to mention that fact though. If you want to print high quality with the b9, you need to move the projector close to the focus plane and the projected image size becomes very, very small.

If the penalty for printing high resolution is that you can only build tall, skinny objects that are 1.5" wide, that doesn’t really appeal to me. Maybe if I was a jewelery designer it’d be nice.

Posted on June 05 2013 at 06:06 AM by Mike

which dumb, loaded idiot just paid $5,000 for a unit on ebay.com?

Posted on June 06 2013 at 08:06 PM by Andy Hudson

I appreciate the pictures of the parts printed on other photocuring printers. I’d love to see some pics of parts printed by the new owners of Form1 printers (anybody want to sharea few snapshots?). I’m assuming the wait will be worth it, but I’d really appreciate more updates on production. We were promised an update on production timing on the 17th of May, and a lot of very patient supporters are still waiting.

Finally, I’d enjoy this forum a lot more without the name-calling and taunting. Let’s assume the jewellery makers are interested in creating patterns of their original designs. There’s no reason to suggest they are ripping-off other designs.

It would be great if users of the B9 would give us some idea of the accuracy of that unit. I’d be interested in seeing if it can make parts accurate enough for mechanical prototyping.

Posted on June 08 2013 at 09:06 AM by Austin

@Snappy…I appreciate your POV, however the Web Site/Inferior Printer/Laptops/Advertising and more was paid for with real currency.
This was my first Kickstarter experience, and Im guessing for alot of other people too. I was trying to expand an existing business. Take the next step so to speak. However there is a saying…Too Poor to Buy Cheap. And being a machinist I know if you cut corners you lose a finger. Had I simply spent the money with 3DS in the first place I would have already been on the plus side. Live and learn. But thanks for your thoughts.

Posted on June 11 2013 at 12:06 AM by Jalaluddin

Venture capitalists are people with money and patience – those without patience do not qualify.

Posted on June 19 2013 at 06:06 AM by Roberto

You sent me a shipping mail one month ago and I am still waiting for the form1 I paid 7 months ago. As you do not answer eMails at least people will know how you deal with clients.

Posted on June 27 2013 at 09:06 PM by Tim

I’m looking buy a 3D printer and the Form 1 seems perfect for me. Is it ready to ship and be ordered yet? Thank you.

Posted on July 12 2013 at 10:07 PM by rodrigo

how much is it? i am brazilian and i make jewery. can it do?

Posted on July 30 2013 at 02:07 AM by Chris M

In this post Formlabs states:As our production ramps and we have accurate data on our steady state production capacity, we will share more precise dates for each group of printer deliveries.
It has been two and a half months since this statement. Would you please provide us with the information you promised?

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