Form 2 Named “Best SLA Printer” by Make: Magazine
SOMERVILLE, Mass., Nov. 3, 2015 – Make: magazine, leader of the Maker Movement and producer of the popular Maker Faire events, once again developed test scripts and benchmarks to run the current field of 3D printers, CNC mills, and resin printers through their paces to create the “Ultimate Guide to Desktop Fabrication 2016.”
Make:’s team of testers identified the top performing 3D printers across five classes, CNC mills across three, and chose their top two resin printers, naming Formlabs' Form 2 “Best SLA Printer” among the SLAs tested.
According to the Make: digital fabrication team, the Form 2 was selected for its “large printer area, auto-fill resin, open resin compatibility, and Wi-Fi connectivity—just a few things that put the Form 2 on top of the resin printer market.”
A team of 16 recognized experts in the digital fabrication field, led by Matt Stultz, Make:'s digital fabrication editor, put the machines through a battery of rigorous tests to create side-by-side comparisons of product attributes in order to identify the top performers. The buyers guide will be available on newsstands across the country by Nov. 26.
“The world of 3D printing has changed dramatically since 2012, when we first started this annual roundup devoted to showcasing the best machines in the industry,” said Mike Senese, executive editor for Make: magazine. “The rapid evolution of the technology over the past three years has completely changed the landscape for 3D tools. Price has come down, product features such as auto bed-leveling are de rigueur, and the footprint has become smaller, especially for CNC mills. Now people—from home hobbyists to entrepreneurs—can use these tools for fun projects or for prototyping the next great invention.”
About MAKER MEDIA
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops “getting started” kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.
Formlabs (formlabs.com) designs and manufactures powerful and accessible 3D printing systems for engineers, designers, and artists. Their flagship product, the Form 2 3D Printer, uses stereolithography (SLA) to create high-resolution physical objects from digital designs. The company was founded in 2012 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms.
With its powerful, intuitive, and affordable machines, Formlabs is establishing a new benchmark in professional desktop 3D printing. Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials for 3D printing, as well as best-in-class 3D-printing software.