I’m Thomas Roussel from France, working in the 3D industry, at Pixologic, makers of ZBrush, a 3D sculpting software. A co worker and me decided to buy the Form1 since it was one of the few high resolution printer available on the market which is also plug&play.
We bring it back from US to france by plane after the Siggraph tradeshow in LA this last summer, after meeting Robert Vigogne that you already know in this forum ( http://formlabs.com/blogs/blog/9196235-robert-vignones-sculpts-at-makerfaire) and who is a ZBrush user. He brings his ZBrush prints at the Siggraph and we were blew away by the quality of the print. Well, our printer arrived few days earlier at our office, but unpacked
Then since the end of august, we are playing with the printer, with some success and failure. Success because we are really happy with the quality of the printer, nothing to complain about the accuracy… but only when the print succeed…
The problem with ZBrush is that we are creating always high resolution sculpting with a lot of details and the support generation was a real pain in the ass since you have no control placement at all on them (even with 0.9 version of PreForm). For some models, they are perfect, but for some others, I had to create my own support. And creating your own support lead to failure
I’m happy to see the improvements in Preform 0.9, but their is really room for more!
Here are some photos of some prints in progress. In progress since I had to stop because of non stop failed prints and I think it’s because of the jelly problems that some of you reported.
With the first one, you have the 3D print and the 3D model inside ZBrush, just to compare. The model is 17 cm height and when the legs will be done, it should be around 30 cms.
The second one is simply our company logo, printed in 4 parts and quickly painted. Printed in 0.1mm which is enough for such model.