A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON

Formlabs Form 3+ vs. Nexa3D XiP

See why Formlabs Form 3+ is the leading resin 3D printer for professionals.

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Formlabs Form 3+

Cost

Formlabs 3D Printers
Formlabs Form 3+

Starting at $3,750

The $3,750 starting price includes all the essential tools required to start printing and acccess to the powerful software and online Dasboard. For $4,299, the Form 3B+ unlocks a wide range of biocompatible materials. Complete packages for $5,450 (Form 3) or $6,351 (Form 3B+) include also custom-developed automated post-processing tools and a premier service plan for a turnkey solution. 

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Print Technology

Formlabs Form 3+

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.

Build Volume

Formlabs Form 3+
14.5 × 14.5 × 18.5 cm
5.7 × 5.7 × 7.3 in

Resolution

Formlabs Form 3+

Accurate, repeatable prints with a smooth surface finish

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For illustration purposes only.

25-200

micron Z resolution

25

micron XY resolution

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Materials

Formlabs Form 3+

30+ validated, functional resins, more in development

A wide range of materials for prototyping and production from soft silicone-like to flexible, tough, durable, and rigid varieties. Polyurethanes for end-use parts, specialty materials for high-temperature applications and castable patterns. A comprehensive palette of resins for dental and medical applications, including 10+ materials for biocompatible parts.

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Software

Formlabs Form 3+

Powerful, easy to use, free

Formlabs' free print preparation software, PreForm, automatically suggests optimal orientation, supports, and layout, with the ability to manually refine details as needed. You can also use the online Dashboard to manage a fleet of printers, monitor prints, track materials and consumables, and work with your team.

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Features and Ease of Use

Formlabs Form 3+

Automated resin dispensing

Automated post-processing tools

Automated washing and post-curing solutions designed for the Form 3 and validated for each material.

Easy part removal with Build Platform 2

Automated resin mixing 

Consistent printing and a wider variety of material options, including highly-filled materials.

Remote printing

Company

Formlabs

Market leaders

Formlabs brought SLA 3D printing to the desktop in 2011 and SLS printing to the benchtop in 2021, and has become the market leader in both technologies, selling more than 100,000 printers. The Form 3+ is a 3rd generation product, powered by a proven technology that has been used to print 100,000,000+ parts.

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Nexa3D XiP

Cost

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Nexa3D XiP

Starting at $5,999

Nexa3D XiP printers start at $5,999, which includes only the printer. An additional service plan, inferior third-party post-processing tools, and paid software subscription to get access to all materials adds up to more than $9,200 for the complete package.

Print Technology

Nexa3D XiP

Masked Stereolithography (mSLA)

mSLA uses an LED array as the light source and an LCD photomask to shape the layer image onto the bottom of the tank. The LCD screen in XiP is rated at 3,000 hours, which means that it requires 1-2 replacements per year based on printer usage, each costing $399.

Build Volume

Nexa3D XiP
19.5 x 11.5 x 21 cm
7.7 x 4.5 x 8.3 in

Resolution

Nexa3D XiP

Inferior accuracy, more visible layer lines

For illustration purposes only.

50-200

micron Z resolution

52

micron XY resolution

Materials

Nexa3D XiP

17 resins, but not all validated

A more limited selection of materials for prototyping and production, and barely any materials for dental and medical applications. Most of the materials are not validated on the printer, which results in more failed prints and overall lower quality.

Software

Nexa3D XiP

Barebone

Nexa3D’s NexaX software offers a more limited set of features and is only available for Windows. There’s no logging system on the printers and no online Dashboard to manage printers, print jobs, or materials.

Features and Ease of Use

Nexa3D XiP

Automated resin dispensing

Automated post-processing tools

Basic, third-party, labor-intensive post-processing tools.

Easy part removal with Build Platform 2

Automated resin mixing 

Remote printing

Software

Nexa3D

Evolving product line

Nexa3D is a new entrant to the 3D printing market with a still evolving product line and a small install base. The XiP is a 1st generation printer with a limited ecosystem of materials, accessories, software, and workflows around it.

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High Quality Parts, Fast and Affordably

Reduce costs, iterate faster, and bring better experiences to market with our advanced 3D printing materials designed to deliver beautiful final parts for a wide range of applications.

Application

Rapid Prototyping

Material

Draft Resin

Print Cost

$9

Print Time

4 hours

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Note: Print time and cost will vary based on part geometry, material, layout, and orientation.

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The Form 3 Workflow

The Form 3+ Workflow in Five Minutes

Get more done and work more efficiently with an end-to-end 3D printing workflow. From printing, to post-processing, each step of the process was designed with efficiency in mind. 

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Design

Design

Prepare your parts for printing with PreForm, our free print preparation software.
Print

Print

Print your parts in just a few clicks on your Form 3+ desktop SLA 3D printer.
Wash

Wash

Insert the build platform directly into Form Wash after printing, for a consistent, automatic rinse.
Remove Part

Remove Part

Instantly release parts from the print surface with Build Platform 2 and our patented Quick Release Technology.
Remove Supports

Remove Supports

Enhanced light touch support structures detach from the parts in seconds.
Cure

Cure

Transfer the parts to the Form Cure to maximize material properties and ensure peak dimensional accuracy.

 

100,000,000 Parts Printed With Formlabs Technology

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Sony
Tesla
Ford
Gilette
Harvard University

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With faster than ever print speeds, advancements in post-processing, and continued refinements in part quality, the Form 3+ allows you to quickly and reliably go from design to part in hand at an accessible price point.