Any talk of a Form3?


#1

I got a Form1 new 4 years ago. I have probably not used it in 2 years. I would sell it if there was a reasonable offer.

When the Form2 came out I thought about it briefly and obviously did nothing. The size of the parts it made did not increase significantly enough for me to justify the purchase. It is expensive to run as well. The Form2 is out for ? long now?

Is there any rumors of a Form3?

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Thanks
Bill


#2

I’ve heard that there’s a new one due out in about 18 months. It will be different totally and much faster.
Fiber Optic is what I’ve been told but don’t hold me to this. It is the new move in a lot of areas so I don’t see it as impossible.


#3

The Fuse 1? With all the delays already there I can imagine it will be released in 18 months, hehe.


#4

Ha, yeah, one could think that… ticks all the boxes, “totally different”, “much faster”, and the laser is fiber-based too. 18 months also seems realistic, extrapolating from the past delays.


#5

Yeah I’d be surprised if anything is announced before the Fuse 1 is released to market. I’m not a sales guru but I think announcing a next-gen printer just before you launch a current product is guaranteed to muffle excitement and hurt sales of the latter.

Personally my #1 feature request for the Form 3 is big, Big, BIGGER build volumes.

I expect that’s a common sentiment and Formlabs is aware of it ;-).


#6

That and working sensors.

Because of the sensors issues we will wait to buy any new Formlabs product but if a Form 3 with a bigger build volume proves reliable after a few months we will definitely buy one.


#7

That is 1 reason why I stopped using my Form1. I was sort of out of things I needed to print at the same time the print quality was degrading - after about 14 months of ownership. It annoyed me so that I temporarily stopped using it but still have not yet after 2 years. If the Form3 is about $3500.00 I still might have to pass.


#8

Form 3 would be great at this point in time I think however, depending where and what you use the Form printer at dictates what you would like to see regarding new or improved features. I use Form 2 in an orthodontic practice (not lab) and my main request would be reproducibility (which is awesome right now with Form2), extremely close to 0% print failures (which is also the case one year now using Form2 printing dental models), SPEED (there Form 2 is behind but hopefully that will change once and if they give us a new Form Printer), and constant improvement of industry related resins (eg Dental) (which is for sure what they are mainly putting effort to right now, at least out in the open).

So let’s see if we get any news soon, which I doubt it, for at least a year ahead, hopefully I’m mistaken.