A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON

Formlabs Form 3+ vs. Nexa3D XiP

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 £3,659

The £3,659 starting price includes all the essential tools required to start printing and acccess to the powerful software and online Dashboard. For £4,959, the Form 3B+ unlocks a wide range of biocompatible materials. Complete packages for £4,639 (Form 3) or £6,909 (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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24/7 Reliability, At Your Service

Form 3+ offers industry-leading technology and support so you can spend less time troubleshooting and more time printing.

The Parts You Want, Every Time
Best-in-class printer reliability and accuracy means your parts come out right the first time.

We Help You Succeed From The Start
Get up and running right away with personalized onboarding remotely or onsite.

Service With A Human Touch
Expert service, whenever you need it. When required, we come to you for implementation, training, optimization, and repairs.

Advanced Materials for Industrial-Quality Parts

Bring your parts to life with our ever-expanding materials library, designed to deliver industrial-grade parts that are up to any challenge.

30+ Materials, Ready To Be Put To The Test 
Each resin in our ever-expanding library is optimized for standout mechanical properties like impact resistance, stiffness, flexibility, and more.

Formulated And Rigorously Tested In-House
All Formlabs materials come with optimized print settings to guarantee industry-leading print success and reliability.

Boundary-Breaking Photopolymers
Specialized materials offer UV stability, flame retardancy, ESD resistance, glass-filled rigidity, biocompatibility, and more.

An Easier, More Efficient Workflow

Go from design to finished part in fewer steps than ever with the streamlined, end-to-end Form 3+ ecosystem.

Hassle-Free Materials Management
Seamlessly switch between a wide range of materials in seconds with our spill-free, swappable cartridge system.

Intuitive Software
Prepare parts in PreForm with just a few clicks and manage printers, consumables, and teams through your online Dashboard.

Powerful Automation Tools
Minimize cost per part and unlock 24/7 production with the Formlabs Automation Ecosystem.

Use Case of Tough 1500 Resin

Pre-Production Validation

Tough 1500 Resin

Forge Motorsport reverse-engineered an underperforming part, 3D printed a new design, and tested it on a vehicle for five months before committing to tooling.

Lightweight 3D Printed Parts
High Temp Resin

Lightweight Parts

Carbon Fiber Molds
Tough 1500 Resin

Carbon Fiber Molds

Engine Parts
Rigid 10K Resin

Engine Parts

Go/No-Go Fixtures
Grey Resin

Go/No-Go Fixtures

From 3+ Ecosystem

Form 3+ Ecosystem At A Glance

Get more done in a day with the Form 3 Series ecosystem, where every step was designed to save you time.

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Materials

3d printed samples
Choose from 30+ validated materials with a wide variety of properties.
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Print Preparation Software

Print Preparation Software
PreForm leads the way in ease of use and offers advanced controls to optimize your prints.
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3D Printer

3D Printer
The leading desktop SLA 3D printer, trusted by professionals around the world.
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Accessories

3D printer accessories
Build Platform 2, with patented Quick-Release Technology, makes part removal fast and safe.

Post-Processing

Post-Processing
Form Wash and Form Cure automate the cleaning and post-curing of parts for great parts with minimal effort.
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Print Monitoring Software

Print Monitoring Software
Monitor printers, print jobs, and consumables with Dashboard. Automate job assignment with Fleet Control.
Tools for Teams

Make Anything At Scale

With Formlabs Automation Ecosystem

Reach new levels of productivity with a fully-automated Form 3+ printer fleet you can operate from anywhere, at any time. Unlock 24/7 production with Formlabs Automation Ecosystem: Form Auto, Fleet Control, and the High Volume Resin System.

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