Jun. 23, 2015

Formlabs and Solid Conference Partner to Build Unprecedented Pop-Up Factory

Real-time micro-factory to make social networking wearables for attendees at the second annual conference on hardware, software and Internet of Things

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and SOMERVILLE, Mass., Jun. 23, 2015Formlabs, the makers of the Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer, joined forces with O’Reilly’s Solid and a handful of manufacturing partners to build a pop-up factory that will be making fully-functional social networking wearables for attendees live during the conference at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on June 23-25.

“A real-time micro-factory of this scale has never been attempted before at a conference like Solid,” said David Cranor, Associate Chair of O’Reilly’s Solid Conference. “We are proud to partner with Formlabs in this unprecedented endeavor to demonstrate 3D printing’s vital role in the new world of agile global manufacturing where hardware, software, and the Internet of Things intersect.”

Along a real manufacturing line and wall of Formlabs 3D printers, the micro-factory will turn raw components and 3D printing resin into social networking wearables/wristbands called Alike Bands. Designed by computational artist and designer Marcelo Coelho, the Alike Band signals the common interests of people through sensors and LEDs in the band. Attendees can grab one hot off the line when they get to Solid, use it as a smart networking icebreaker to meet other members of the hardware and IoT community, and see how social wearables can change the way they interact.

“This exhibit illustrates the real power of 3D printing. We’re manufacturing 500 one-of-a-kind electronics for conference attendees to wear. This level of customization is really difficult through normal mass manufacturing,” said Will Walker of Formlabs. “We’re really excited to push the boundaries of how we think about making things and Solid is the perfect place to showcase this idea.”

As part of a special run, Formlabs will print 500 unique, computationally-generated wristband enclosures. These unconventional networking icebreakers will be available on a first come, first served basis for attendees at the pop-up factory, which will run throughout Solid on June 23-25 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

On June 25, Ian Ferguson, lead engineer at Formlabs, will share insights on product development for hardware startups in his talk, “Around the block again: Tricks and tools learned in the trenches building a follow-on product.”


Formlabs sta ampliando l'accesso alla fabbricazione digitale, in modo da rendere la stampa 3D alla portata di tutti. L’azienda leader nella stampa 3D ha introdotto la sua business unit dentale nel novembre 2019 per soddisfare le esigenze dei laboratori odontotecnici e degli studi di ogni dimensione. Formlabs Dental è composta da un team di professionisti del settore dentale dedicati a fornire le migliori soluzioni di stampa 3D del settore. Formlabs ha migliorato la vita di centinaia di migliaia di pazienti grazie alla stampa di 13 milioni di parti dentali sulla Form 2 e ha recentemente ampliato ulteriormente questo impatto con l’aggiunta di dispositivi hardware incentrati sul dentale, la Form 3B, la Form 3B+ e la Form 3BL. Oltre ai suoi prodotti hardware, Formlabs ha oltre 50 ingegneri dei materiali e una solida offerta di materiali dentali disponibili per essere utilizzati sulle stampanti Form 3B, Form 3B+ e Form 3BL.

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