Formlabs has announced the Form 1+, described as an extensive overhaul of their flagship desktop SLA printer.
"The Form 1+ incorporates everything that we've learned in the past year," said Ian Ferguson, Lead Engineer at Formlabs. "We've given every part of the machine another look, updating it for better performance and reliability: a new laser, a new control system, and upgraded precision and quality for dozens of components."
The Form 1+ has a new laser system that is four times more powerful than its predecessor, allowing it to print up to 50% faster. It also has a redesigned galvanometer control system, so it can produce models with finer detail and a smoother surface finish. Additional improvements include a peel motor assembly and a light-blocking injection-molded resin tank, allowing resin to be more easily stored. Other components have also been overhauled to improve reliability.
"The Form 1+ is a huge step for us," Maxim Lobovsky, cofounder, said. "With the Form 1+, we're maintaining our lead in providing the most affordable, professional-quality machines to artists, designers, and engineers around the world."
The Form 1+ is priced the same as the previous model at $3,299, and it comes with a one year warranty. Owners of the original Form 1 will have the opportunity to upgrade their printer to Form 1+ specifications for $799, which includes the new warranty.
Formlabs' software, PreForm, has also been updated to version 1.5. It includes manual support control – a frequently requested feature.
The company also announced the addition of a new black resin to its materials library, which already includes white, clear and grey. Michal Firstenberg, a Formlabs Materials Scientist, said, "Our black resin captures details amazingly well, and has a beautiful finish and rich color. We're excited to see what people will make." The resin is available for $149 per liter.
And finally, European Form 1+ fans can rejoice. Formlabs now offers EU-based sales, shipping and servicing, dramatically reducing shipping costs and servicing time for international customers. "This is the first stage of greater expansion to come," said Luke Winston, Operations Lead at Formlabs. "We're excited to offer better service to customers around the world."