I recently had the option of buying a unused Form2 printer with accessories vs. buying an Asian brand resin printer. I weighted my options forth and back, despite the massively higher price the Formlabs won the evaluation.
-Open Mode to use this party resins.
-Preform looked great when I just evaluated it
Now after 2 weeks of operation I have bought an Asian machine for a fraction of the cost and i have to say the Asian machine at least is doing what was advertised or what I expected. I even managed in about 1h of tinkering to make the Asian talk Wifi and receive jobs over the network.
Now the Form2 was advertised having an “Open Mode”. In my opinion today the open mode is a lie and false advertisement, there is no way of choosing parameters manually so that I can actually use the machine as intended. Granted, for dental labs where repeatability and plug-and-play is key, it is a great machine.
I am an engineer and designer… Yet I am not allowed to change parameters on the machine I bought, I am stuck essentially with resins that I have to order via AirFreight from the US, that require me to make an state import license for hazardous goods… since I can not use any of the resins that I can actually purchase locally.
A variety of resins found in the local market did not work in which ever Formlabs profile I tried.
I honestly think Formlabs is worse than Apple when it comes to it and I bought a very expensive set of
office decoration that sits beside a Asian machine that actually performs better that what its price and reputation suggests.
Formlabs - I think you suck.