DWS Labs Discusses the XFAB SLA Printer and Flexible Materials

Anna Kaziunas France

Anna Kaziunas France is interested practical digital fabrication focused project documentation (anything that turns codes into things), as well as your adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

She's currently working on the forthcoming book Design for CNC: Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-routed Furniture".

She’s also a former editor with Make: Books, Make: Magazine, and the Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot, compiled the Make: 3D Printing book and ran Make:'s 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open source/design — preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter and Facebook.

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By Anna Kaziunas France

Anna Kaziunas France is interested practical digital fabrication focused project documentation (anything that turns codes into things), as well as your adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

She's currently working on the forthcoming book Design for CNC: Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-routed Furniture".

She’s also a former editor with Make: Books, Make: Magazine, and the Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot, compiled the Make: 3D Printing book and ran Make:'s 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open source/design — preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter and Facebook.

69 Articles

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At CES 2014, I ran into the DWS Labs team who gave me an overview of their XFAB SLA printer. It can print in an exciting range of 9 different materials: standard acrylate amber, ABS-like grey, ABS-like white, polypropylene-like, rigid opaque grey, transparent, ceramic nano-filled light blue, rubber-like black and rubber-like transparent.

With a possible minimum layer thickness of 10 microns, the surface finish on the parts shown at CES was impressive.  The XFab retails for $5,000, but there is a lower cost consumer model on the way for around $2,500.

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