Carbon3D M2/L1 vs. Formlabs Form 3/3L

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Compare the Carbon3D M2/L1 vs. Formlabs Form 3/3L

Printer

Formlabs

Form 3/3L

Carbon3D

M2/L1

Price

Starting at $3,500- $10,999
Transparent pricing with no hidden fees. Buy directly from Formlabs via sales or the online store, or locally from a worldwide partner network.
 

$150,000-$750,000 for 3-years
Complicated and opaque subscription pricing, requires multiple quote requests and negotiation. The M2 system costs $50,000 per year and the L1 $250,000 per year, both with a minimum 3-year contract, which even excludes the accessories required for post-processing. 

Technology

Low Force Stereolithography (LFS)™

LFS is the next phase in SLA 3D printing, that delivers incredible surface quality and print accuracy, meeting the demands on today’s market for scalable, reliable, industrial-quality 3D printing.

Digital Light Synthesis
(DLS)™

DLS 3D printers work similarly to other resin 3D printing processes like SLA or DLP, but use an oxygen permeable window that can speed up the process for certain geometries like lattices.
 

Resolution

Accurate, repeatable prints with a smooth surface finish
25-200 microns Z resolution
25 micron XY resolution

Accurate, repeatable prints with more visible layers
100 micron Z resolution
75 micron XY resolution on the M2
160 micron XY resolution on the L1

Build Volume (W × D × H)

Form 3: 
14.5 × 14.5 × 18.5 cm
5.7 × 5.7 × 7.3 in

Form 3L:
33.5 × 20 × 30 cm
13.2 × 7.9 × 11.8 in

Carbon3D M2:
18.9 x 11.8 x 32.6 cm
7.4 x 4.6 x 12.8 in

Carbon3D L1:
40 x 25 x 46 cm
15.7 x 9.8 x 18.1 in

Materials

30+ functional resins
A wide range of materials for prototyping and production from soft silicone-like to flexible, tough, durable, and rigid varieties. Specialty materials for high-temperature applications and castable patterns. A wide variety of dental resins, including biocompatible materials.

20+ functional resins
A wide range of materials for prototyping and production from soft silicone-like to flexible, tough, durable, and rigid varieties. Specialty materials for high-temperature applications and castable patterns. A wide variety of dental resins, including biocompatible materials.

Setup and Ease of Use

Plug and print
Contact-free delivery and online or in-person training for the entire team. Easy workflow empowers anyone at your company to use the system independently after less than one hour of training.

Complex
Setup and training with on-site installation required. The more complex workflow and the steeper learning curve means that the system requires a skilled technician in-house to operate and maintain. 

Software

Free and easy to use
Formlabs' free print preparation software, PreForm, automatically suggests optimal orientation, supports, and layout, with the ability to manually refine as needed. Try it now. You can also use the online Dashboard to manage printers, materials, and teams.

Free
Carbon3D’s print preparation software is included in the printer subscription and offers a similar range of basic and advanced features and online fleet management.
 

Service

Pro Service
Premier support service with fast response time, customized training, replacement printer, and extended warranty—all for an affordable price.

Included
Installation and training, as well as phone and email support are included in the subscription.

Company

Formlabs adapted the SLA technology to the desktop in 2011 and has since become the market leader, selling more than 70,000 printers as of today.

Carbon3D primarily offers industrial 3D printers that are limited to large companies and service bureaus due to their high price.

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Printer

Form 3

Material

Draft Resin

Print Cost

$3

Print Time

42 minutes

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