Any speculation on the two new engineering materials Formlabs plans to announce?
Two New Materials, Launching at CES 2018
Formlabs continually pushes the limits of our 3D printers by introducing new versatile, advanced materials. This broadening set of capabilities helps designers and engineers around the world rethink their product development processes.
At CES 2018, we’re launching two new engineering materials for the Form 2 that push the limits of 3D printing even further. Visit our booth at the event to see them in person, or keep an eye on your inbox next week!
I’ll venture way out on a limb and fantasize one of them is carbon or glass fiber (e.g. resin impregnated with microfibers, somewhat like the ceramic resin). It would give them something to position against Markforged Onyx.
Yes, it sounds crazy, but users have discussed the idea and its challenges in the past (even experimenting with adding glass fibers and particles like aluminum to resin). For what it’s worth here’s a 2005 research paper from a group that played with adding carbon nanotubes to SL resin.
Unrelated, I spoke with someone (not associated with Formlabs) at the user conference whose startup was working on aligning fibers in liquid during printing using magnetic fields.