Form 3 for Jewelry Production: Smooth Prints, Finer Designs, and Easier Processing

Formlabs launched the Form 3, the latest in our line of powerful, affordable 3D printers, this summer. With the first few thousand printers now reaching our customers, we’re excited to show jewelers how the Form 3 takes your jewelry manufacturing to the next level. 

Our mission is to reduce labor for your business, so you can do and sell more. We know that your printer performance plays a big role: any difference between the CAD model, the printed pattern, and the raw casting means extra work at the bench. 

Ultra Smooth Prints

Smooth prints are essential for smooth castings. The Form 3 prints jewelry patterns with exquisitely smooth surfaces. When your parts require less grinding and polishing, you don’t just save time: the quality of your jewelry improves. Sharp corners stay sharper, reflective surfaces become more eye-catching. 

3D printed Frog Jewelry. Smooth surface finish means smoother castings. Left is Form 2, Right is Form 3.

Smooth surface finish means smoother castings. Left is Form 2, Right is Form 3. Model by Rüdiger Leopold.

Most stereolithography printers use relatively simple peel systems to separate the print from the tank between layers. This tends to move and strain parts at a small scale, causing layers to appear whenever they are misaligned. 

The Form 3 achieves smoother surfaces using our state of the art Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) technology, which separates the film from the part gently throughout the layer. As a result, LFS keeps each layer precisely aligned with the next.

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Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) 3D printing achieves smooth and accurate surfaces.

Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) 3D printing achieves smooth and accurate surfaces.

Finer Designs, Easier Processing

Supports are a necessary part of resin 3D printing, and we know that support removal has a real impact on your work: supports can obscure detail, create pits from removal, and even damage very delicate models, limiting what you can create.

Small touchpoints make it easier to remove supports from delicate objects.

Small touchpoints make it easier to remove supports from delicate objects.

The Form 3 makes support removal easier and safer, by shrinking the “touchpoint” interface between the support and the part down to 0.35 mm and smaller (in Castable Wax Resin). This is possible thanks to LFS technology, which lowers the forces on touchpoints between layers. Simply put, the smaller touchpoints are easier to break away without damaging the print. 

Not only is it easier to remove supports, the Form 3 improves print reliability in filigree pieces and designs with extremely delicate features. LFS offers the freedom to drive the design down to exceptionally fine structures, and up to massive, bulky prints, without sacrificing surface quality.

SLA 3D printer build platform with several rings printed with Castable Wax Resin

Production Ready

In a production shop, you need to know that your fleet will produce consistently accurate parts. Unexpected changes in the weight and size of 3D printed patterns can cause significant overrun in the amount of valuable cast material per part and adds cost to finishing labor.

Form 2 and Form 3 technical specs comparison

The Form 3 offers higher repeatability and accuracy than its predecessor, the Form 2, thanks to the combination of a smaller laser spot, LFS peel technology, and advanced sensing. The Form 3’s precision optics are located in the Light Processing Unit, or “LPU”, which is user-replaceable and sealed against contamination. Before each print, the Form 3 LPU recalibrates itself to ensure that print quality — and your cast part accuracy — remain the same over time. 

Formlabs Jewelry Ecosystem - 3D printer Form 3, Form Wash, Form Cure and Castable Wax Resin

Future-Proof Jewelry Printing

Formlabs is known for our industry-leading ease-of-use and simplicity. With Form 3, we are delivering uncompromising, professional-grade print quality to jewelers. In the coming months and years, the Form 3 will be our most capable platform for advanced resins for jewelry manufacturing, enabled by advanced Low Force Stereolithography 3D printing technology and the Form 3’s heated build chamber. 

We believe jewelry 3D printing should be so easy that you don't have to think about it, except to be amazed at what you've created. To get you there, Formlabs is renewing our commitment to jewelers, through continued material development and a laser focus on product reliability. 

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