I know a lot of people are waiting with baited breath for their Form 3L, and I haven’t seen much feedback from users yet on the forums.
I got mine today - happy to take questions! No guarantees I’ll answer, but ask away.
In the meantime, a brief “unboxing”…
It arrived on a pallet, in an otherwise-empty, 30ft+ long transport truck. It was shipped with DHL but got subcontracted out a couple times to other third party freight carriers before it found its way to me. (That vertical box laying against the stack is actually another DHL delivery for someone else here).
The stickers hint at some point it came from Asia, through Hong Kong, and through New York JFK. DHL tracking for the shipment shows it was picked up from Boston (guessing Formlabs does some local QA before sending out to customers).
Opening the box:
The power cord was peeking out through that oval cutout on the right.
Once you get it off the pallet, it’s actually fairly easy for two people to lift and handle. But I don’t think you want to try moving it alone. It has cardboard lift handles that wrap underneath, just like the Form 3.
Unexpected surprise - Formlabs gives you a nice cloth cover!
Once it was out I noticed it arrived with a 9" gash in the cardboard packaging:
If I had to guess I’d say a forklift operator accidentally jabbed there at some point instead of under the pallet. Fortunately it seems to have slid under the styrofoam base so I don’t think it caused any damage to the machine (but at some point I’ll need to inspect more closely and check the underside for any scratches).
In the meantime, setting up in a temporary location for testing:
And to answer your burning question - yes, it comes with an on/off switch!
There aren’t any printed setup instructions aside from the blue diagrams on the first box you see inside. But when you power the printer on, the touchscreen walks you through removal of the interior packaging and setup.
There’s a piece of cardboard folded around the thick X axis leadscrew to protect it.
Be careful not to nick the ribbon cable if you reach in to remove those blue straps of tape.
The door mechanism feels great to operate. I noticed the left side of my door isn’t flush - it slouches down a bit. Will have to ask whether that can be adjusted.
It comes with a giant, metal version of the Form 2/3’s plastic leveling tool to adjust the feet.
The wifi antenna is external, identical to what you’d see on a router. If you move the machine, you should probably take it off to be sure it doesn’t get caught on anything and snap off.
The tanks come in what may be an over-engineered, but reusable box, complete with magnetic snaps for the lid. It feels like a box you’d get from Apple. The orange window looks like a handy way to peek in and see what kind of resin is inside.
The mixer looks similar to a Form 3’s, although there are two pins secured with a glob of melted plastic. Not fancy, but it works. For a moment I thought those were leftover burrs from injection molding and almost tried to smooth them off with my fingernail.
It took a long time for the machine to fill, and I think you need two cartridges installed for the machine to proceed. While it does that, let’s take an interlude and unbox the build platform…
…and the Finish Kit:
Looks like the same tank tool, removal tool, and flush cutters you get with a Form 3. The much-touted new flat, blade-like tool is also included. Note they mixed up the names of the scraper and removal tools (#9 and #10) in the online 3L finish kit documentation here, but it’s correct on the printed sheet included in the kit.
Speaking of diagrams, the “rinse kit” sent to early recipients isn’t quite as pictured. Apparently Formlabs thinks I need a new turkey fryer.
In fact I’d actually love a stainless steel rinse station with rounded edges instead of corners - I expect it would be so much easier to clean than plastic buckets! But this guy is a bit of an awkward match to the Form 3L build volume. I don’t think you’d be able to fit the biggest prints in it (like that speaker casing showed off in the demos).
My favorite quality-of-life feature so far is a hook on the left side that you can hang the platform on for draining. It’s a nice touch.
Now, off to do some prints!