it is quite probable that Formlabs will release the Form3 in the next 18 months and within two years after that the service for the Form2 will be phased out.
What do you expect?? This is what I expect:
- A innovative product
- Very competitive pricing
- A company dedicated to quality
so by logic
-1. New models will come out every two years or so. Anything with a longer cycle will be getting old. They have probably been working on the Form3 since 2016, probably conceptially before the Form2 was even sold.
-2. A highly competitive company can ill afford to keep spares of old products for several years. There will be service spares but even Formlabs will have difficulty saying how long they could sevice for.
-3. To ensure enduring quality, it is imperative that new and better things be looked into, and other methods abandoned.
Considering availabilty of third party trays and material, unless there is a catastrophic issue with a Form1 then users should have no supply problems in the next three years. Formlabs printers are aimed at commercial users and if your 4k investment doesn’t amortisize in 3 years then you are doing something else wrong or your has a hobby value