Formlabs retires the Form 1+ printer

Formlabs’ Form 1 Kickstarter project was the first stereo lithography printer that ended up on peoples’ radars. Its successor, the Kind 1+, appeared related nevertheless had upgraded internals for elevated velocity and reliability. Following Formlabs’ $35 million raise last year, the company has centered its consideration on its additional professional-grade Kind 2 printer as an alternative.

The company launched that it may proceed to help the printer with consumables (corresponding to assemble platforms and resin tanks) “for as long as we reasonably can.” The company will even honor present warranties, and provide substitute elements and substitute gadgets.

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Whereas the Kind 1 put the company on the map, it has moreover been plagued with reliability factors. Yours actually has had four of them fail in as a number of years, and whereas the company’s purchaser help has been responsive, it’s hardly the reliability you is perhaps looking for in a printer. The Form 2 is a particular beast altogether, and whereas it’s costlier, it is also geared towards a additional high-end set of shoppers, with a number of features making it additional acceptable for high-end use — not least a laser that is twice as extremely efficient, and a cartridge-based resin system to cut back the hassle involved with having to fill the reservoirs. In addition to, Kind 2 has plenty of resin selections that the Kind 1 didn’t help.

Formlabs moreover launched it has a Form 1+ to Form 2 upgrade program for patrons of the now-discontinued printer. And, while you’re at it, strive our review of the Form 2, as well!