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Anyone who’s used a 3D printer knows that a lot happens between hitting “print” and holding a finished part. Successful experiences, and successful prints, hinge on a process that’s reliable from end to end. That’s why we’re excited to announceForm Wash and Form Cure, a new system for automated washing and powerful post-curing designed to help you get the most from your printer.

Built to complete the stereolithography (SLA) engine, Form Wash and Form Cure streamline the entire 3D printing process to consistently deliver high-quality results with less time and effort.

Be the first to get Form Wash and Form Cure: both units are available now for pre-order and will ship beginning in September 2017.

Automated Washing for Consistently Clean Parts

In the past, post-processing SLA prints has involved first removing parts from the build platform, then manually soaking them in a bath of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to clean off excess resin. This requires remembering to remove parts at the right time so they don't over-soak and warp.

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Walk into a dental lab or clinic today, and you’ll find a completely different set of tools than you would have just few years ago. Dentistry is well on its way to fully embracing digital workflows, replacing messy alginate impressions with digital scans and complicated manual techniques with computer-aided manufacturing.

This should come as no surprise. Every set of teeth is unique, meaning that every dental appliance has to be custom-made. The need for mass customization, and the small size of the final products, makes this a perfect application for 3D printing. While material properties were a barrier to broader application of this technology, new biocompatible materials are enabling dentists to 3D print a growing range of products.

To date, Formlabs dental users have completed over 150,000 prints. Today, with the launch of two new Dental Resins, Formlabs is greatly expanding the range of dental products that the Form 2 can produce. With prints every bit as accurate as larger machines that cost $75,000 or more, the Form 2 is increasingly the go-to 3D printer for the dental professionals.

Meet the New Resins

Formlabs’ new dental resins add a range of new capabilities to Formlabs printers, including crown and bridge models, splints, retainers, and soon dentures.

Dental Model Resin

Designed for crown and bridge models with removable dies, Dental Model Resin is a high precision, high accuracy resin. Print crisp margins and contacts within ± 35 microns and removable dies with consistently tight fit. A smooth, matte surface finish and color similar to gypsum make it easy to switch from analog to digital model production.

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New partnership kicks off with dental 3D printing software solution for surgical guide designs

SOMERVILLE, Mass., and COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 16, 2017 – Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful 3D printing systems, and 3Shape, the global leader in 3D scanning and CAD/CAM software for dental practices and labs, today announced a partnership to introduce software integration solutions to bring seamless dental 3D printing workflows to the worldwide market.

As its first and flagship integration solution, Formlabs and 3Shape debuted a dental-3D printing workflow that streamlines the guide design and manufacturing workflow for dental practitioners, making it easier and more affordable than ever to produce surgical guides.

“The integration between the Form 2 and industry leading products from 3Shape enables dental CAD/CAM workflows so streamlined that even chairside 3D printing becomes possible,” said Gideon Balloch, Dental Product Manager at Formlabs. “3Shape and Formlabs share a commitment in pioneering powerful, seamless and accessible technologies. We’re excited to continue pushing new boundaries in digital dentistry together.”

With the Formlabs-3Shape integration solution, dental practitioners can create guides ready for surgery by scanning with 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanners and designing with 3Shape Implant Studio software, followed by simply hitting ‘print’ with Formlabs’ PreForm software, to finally 3D printing and manufacturing the guides with Formlabs’ biocompatible Dental SG resin — all within a matter of hours. While it used to take weeks, the Formlabs-3Shape integration creates a cost-effective chairside 3D printing workflow that makes even same-day guided surgery possible.

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Introducing the most comprehensive library of high-performance functional resins for engineering applications on the desktop 3D printing market.

Formlabs resins

Somerville, Mass., October 25, 2016Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, today announced a new line of high-performance functional resins for engineering applications: High Temp, Durable, and Tough.

Engineering applications have always been one of the most active areas among Formlabs users. Whether it’s making surgical suturing devices, using algorithmic folding to produce the world’s longest 3D printed chain, or creating robotic grippers, Formlabs users have been at the forefront of using desktop 3D printing  to solve complex challenges.

“With today’s expanded suite of materials, Formlabs is introducing the most comprehensive library of high-performance functional resins for engineering applications on the desktop 3D printing market, and making accessible industrial-grade 3D printing engineering materials at a fraction of a cost,” said Dávid Lakatos, chief product officer at Formlabs. “We want to equip and enable our users with an even bigger and more powerful toolbox of high-performance resins so that they can achieve reliable, precise prints and can pursue even more remarkable endeavors in engineering, design, and manufacturing.”

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Munich, Germany / Melbourne, Australia, September 2016 – German RepRap expands their partner network of now 50 subsidiaries in 28 countries to another partner. Thinglab is now the Authorized Reseller for German RepRap 3D Printers in Australia. The X350 and X400 series have been especially successful, deployed in large numbers all over the world by the manufacturer German RepRap. Thinglab is offering the full German RepRap product line, including the new, large format industrial FFF Printer X1000. As most 3D printers are limited in their building volume, the X1000 allows the printing of huge objects in one job, having all the advantages of a German RepRap 3D printer designed for industrial applications. Thinglab anticipate accelerated adoption by the Manufacturing and Education market segments.

Thinglab is based in Melbourne and provides sales and services to clients all over Australia. Thinglab is a business unit of Freespace (formerly Inition Pty. Ltd.) which first started trading in Australia over 10 years ago and has been working with 3D printers ever since. Freedspace’s mission is to provide services and hardware for a huge range of 3D technologies such as VR, 3D displays, Motion Capture, 3D scanning and 3D printing.  Thinglab has a strong in house team who pride themselves on pre and post sales customer support. Focusing on 3D Design, 3D Scanning and 3D printing technologies the Thinglab business model is to provide the best–in-class 3D scanners, 3D printers, technical services and training. They focus on industry and business markets as well as educational institutions of all levels.

Thinglab chose German RepRap as a partner because they had been looking for reliable, large volume 3D printers for some time but have found little available with the high quality they expect for their customers. They have been providing 3D printers to Australia for over 10 years but their current lineup is all based around desktop 3D printers. “We first heard of German RepRap through some reviews from a 3D printing show held in Asia. The first thing that struck us were the good reviews about quality and size of the German RepRap 3D printer range,” says Joe Farr, General Manager of Thinglab, “we chose to partner with German RepRap because they give us large build volumes with German made quality and reliability.”

There is a show room at the Melbourne Office, where customers can take a closer look at the products. While Thinglab is demonstrating 3D printing and 3D scanning in action, customers can ask questions. “Seeing 3D printers in action is the best way to understand the technology and get a feel for the quality of the parts that can be produced. We are always happy to welcome interested persons and help them to understand the technology,” says Joe Farr. Thinglab is offering an expert team with decades of 3D printing experience. They offer tailored training solutions for all of the 3D printers and can offer more general 3D printing training packages.

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