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This morning the startup Formlabs announced a new entry in the 3D Printer market: the Form 1. The Form is based on the stereolithography method of printing by directing a laser at a tray of liquid resin to harden each layer. The print resolution seems to compare favorably with with plastic extrusion based printers, with layers can be as thin as 25 microns (.001 inches). The price is also in the same ballpark as some of the hobbyist printers; $2,299 if you get in on the Kickstarter.

Formlabs was started by David Cranor, Maxim Lobovsky, and Natan Linder, who all met at the MIT Media. Come meet the Formlabs team and get a preview of the Form printer at the 3D Printing Pavilion at the New York Maker Faire this weekend.

Neptune is Formlab’s Hello World print of choice.


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  1. rocketguy1701 says:

    But what’s the media cost? I understood it to be quite high for stereolithography.

  2. Stanwood Dolph says:

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    I really enjoyed reading your article and I have something else you might be interested in. I am an employee of Blu-Bin Inc, a 3D printing start-up that is about to open the doors of it’s first location. I thought that you might be interested in the standard press release we have been sending out for our opening day. Keep up the good work!

    Poultney, VT September 28th, 2012–

    Blu – Bin, Inc will be opening the doors of its first 3D printshop this Saturday the 29th. Blu – Bin is the first company to offer retail 3D printing design and creation services, and is excited to be introducing this new business model in Vermont. Working against the grain, Blu – Bin employees see 3D printing as a service that can benefit everyone even if they can’t afford the printer itself. Founded by Daniel Riley, alumni of Green Mountain College, the business seeks to fill the void left by larger 3D printing companies that have entirely ignored offering retail 3D printing design and creation services.

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    With the first store being opened in Poultney, VT, Blu – Bin inc will be working with students and professors of Green Mountain College to demonstrate and test the capabilities of 3D printing through various unique projects.

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