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Form 1+ 3D printer is twice as fast as the original

Though it may look somewhat similar to its handsome predecessor, the company says that it has completely overhauled the design for its new Form 1+ high resolution desktop model, re-engineering mechanical components for improved reliability and offering users faster printing at higher quality.

Rather than heating and melting plastic filaments fed from spools like desktop fused deposition modeling (FDM) machines such as the Replicator or Micro, the Formlabs machines work by directing a laser across a tank of liquid photopolymer resin using a system of precision mirrors. The resin solidifies in thin layers and the model is built up out of the tank. While developing the Form 1+, the company is reported to have looked at every part of the 3D printer to improve performance and reliability.

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