3D Systems ProJet 6000/7000 HD vs. Formlabs Form 3L/3BL

In 2021, There’s No Need to Spend $200,000 to Print Large Scale SLA Parts in House

Take control of large-scale part production, increase your throughput, and bring your biggest ideas to life with the Form 3L, a cost-effective large format 3D printer that doesn’t compromise on the details.

 

 

Compare the 3D Systems ProJet 6000/7000 HD vs. Formlabs Form 3L/3BL

Printer

Formlabs

Form 3L/3BL

3D Systems ProJet 6000/7000 HD

Price

Starting at $10,999

Transparent pricing with no hidden fees. Buy directly from Formlabs via an additive manufacturing specialist or the online store, or locally from a worldwide partner network.

Starting at $200,000
Complicated and opaque pricing, requires multiple quote requests and negotiation.

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.

Stereolithography

(SLA)

Traditional right side up SLA requires a high initial investment and is expensive and complicated to run and maintain.

Build Volume (W × D × H)
33.5 × 20 × 30 cm
13.2 × 7.9 × 11.8 in
6000 HD: 25 x 25 x 25 cm
10 x 10 x 10 in

7000 HD: 38 x 38 x 25 cm
15 x 15 x 10 in
Materials

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

10 functional resins
Materials for prototyping from flexible to tough, durable, and rigid varieties. Specialty materials for high-temperature applications and castable patterns. A single dental resin for printing models.

Switching Materials

Fast and cheap
Switch to a new material in minutes just by swapping the tank and resin cartridges.

Slow and expensive
Complex and can take hours. Traditional right side up SLA systems require you to fill the entire tank with resin, which can cost more than $10,000.

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.

Highly complex
Multi-day setup and training with on-site installation required. The complex workflow and the steep 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.

Paid and complicated
Paid software with multiple tiers. Advanced functions that come standard in PreForm are only available in the highest tier. Print setup requires intensive fine tuning, which results in a steep learning curve and the need for skilled people to send out the prints.

Service

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

Mandatory Contract

A mandatory service contract with multiple expensive tiers and add-ons. You can’t even set up the printer without it.

Company

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

Founded by the inventor of the SLA process, 3D Systems primarily offers 3D printers that are limited to large companies and service bureaus due to their high price.

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Many applications, one printer.

Print in over 20 functional resins to support a wide range of workflows on a single platform.

Switch materials in minutes.

Avoid the hassle and mess of purging materials with our swappable cartridge system, cross-compatible with other Formlabs SLA printers.

Automatic resin dispensing.

Our automated resin system dispenses resin as parts print. The Form 3L holds two cartridges of resin to avoid mid-print interruptions.

Webinar

Form 3L: Product Deep Dive With the Engineering Lead

Our Form 3L product manager, Kyle McNulty will chat with Caitlin Reyda, the lead engineer for the Form 3L, and discuss everything you need to know about bringing a large format printer in-house.

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Big Parts, Big Throughput

With a large build volume of 33.5 × 20 × 30 cm (13.2 × 7.9 × 11.8 in),
you can print one large model or many small parts on the Form 3L in a single job.

Material

Draft Resin

Print Time

8 hours

Print Cost

$88

Part By

Black Diamond Equipment

70,000,000 Parts Printed With Formlabs Technology

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