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Review Formlabs Form 2; bigger, better and easier printing!

By Site editors - Disclosure - Price update: 2020 February 19 -

While most competitors make use of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), the Formlabs 3D printer can print unbelievably detailed models with the help of lasers and resins (Stereolithography - SLA).

Formlabs have released a beautiful 3D printer to the market with the Form 2, that fits well in their vision: the creation of the best prosumer 3D printer on the market. The Form 2 can print up to a resolution of 20 micron and that is way better than the market average of 100 micron.

The Form 2 is not for the average consumer. While the prints may be astonishingly good, the hardening process often requires patience and space.

What is the expert's opinion?

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Tom's Guide:
Review Formlabs Form 2
The Form 2 is an excellent 3D printer that can produce high-quality prints with very clean, sharp edges and fine reproduction of subtle details. Although the clear material we used in testing is quite soft, we were able to easily assemble our set of test gears, with multiple cogs, screws and pins fitting together after only minimal trimming.
Score: 9.0
PC Magazine:
Review Formlabs Form 2
Artists, engineers, product designers, businesses that need occasional short-run manufacturing, and other professionals needing still higher quality for their prints can get it with the Formlabs Form 2, which offers superb print quality at a relatively low price for an SLA 3D printer. The Form 2 offers magnificent print quality, a good selection of resins, and an improved user experience.
Score: 8.0
Makezine.com:
Review Formlabs Form 2
With the release of the Form 2, Formlabs has taken all they have learned and released a machine that is set to keep them on top. If you are looking to get into the SLA game, the Form 2 is the flagship product to get. You can definitely get started at a lower cost, but the feature list of the Form 2 is currently unbeatable and is especially powerful for collaborative environments.
Score: 9.0
3D Hubs:
Review Formlabs Form 2
The Form2 is one of the best printer's I've ever had the pleasure of working with. The machine is expensive, and so is the resin for it, but it's reliability and precision make the cost more than worth it. The Form 2 is a very easy-to-use system that provides incredible results from a small desktop unit. You can't get the same level of quality out of a FDM printer.
Score: 9.0
All3DP:
Review Formlabs Form 2
Truly, a premium machine that delivers stunning results. We were very impressed with the quality of results this SLA 3D printer delivered, and it did it constantly. There are some challengers to their crown. If you consult this list of competitors, you'll find that most rival machines start at $5000, so for small budgets, the Form 2 stays best in class.
Score: 9.0
CNET:
Review Formlabs Form 2
The truth is, until the price of 3D printing comes down, the only reason to get a 3D printer is because you have something specific to make; something you can't necessarily buy, such as a customized set of chess pieces or the logo of your own business. And among all 3D printers I've reviewed, the Form 2 is actually the first that shares the same level of reliability and consistency as most regular non-3D printers.
Score: 7.8
Trusted Reviews:
Review Formlabs Form 2
Like its predecessor, the Form 2 prints objects that are closer to a finished product rather than mere prototypes. And it does so with plenty of sophistication, thanks to the refinements that Formlabs has made. Still, this isn't the cheapest route into 3D printing, by a long way, and the SLA process involves extra messiness, despite Formlabs' improvements.
Score: 9.0
Develop 3D:
Review Formlabs Form 2
Inevitably, we're tempted to draw comparisons between the Form 1+ (which we looked at back in 2014) and this new machine, but, in fact, the overall experience is like operating two entirely different machines. The build process is still the same, but nearly every other aspect of the machine's operation has been revisited and improved, leading to a more professional and more robust device.
Score: 9.0
Digital Trends:
Review Formlabs Form 2
With the Form 2, 3D printing is finally as simple as it was always supposed to be. The user-friendly Form 2 3D printer is miles ahead of the competition. The Form 2 is, without a doubt, one of the best 3D printers we’ve ever had the pleasure of using. It excels in nearly every category, and features a litany of user-friendly features that you simply can’t get with other SLA printers.
Score: 9.0


Conclusion

The Form 2 of Formlabs is simply one of the best 3D printers that can be acquired at the moment. The Form 2 uses the SLA print technology instead of FDM which many competitors use. Because of this, the printer has an outstanding print quality and many features, which will make you as a consumer very happy. Think of automatic resin supply, touch screen, USB, WIFI and Ethernet connection.

Printing is only possible with print material/cartridges from Formlabs and sadly not from third parties. Formlabs does offer a wide assortment of print materials which regularly gets updated.

8.8
  • User friendly • Perfect print quality • Quiet • Beautifully designed • WiFi • Touch screen
  • Both printer and printing materials (resin) expensive • Printing is slow • Messier than FDM
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    Specifications

    Print specifications

    Printing technology Stereolithography (SLA)
    Layer Resolution (micron / mm) 25 - 100 / 0.025 - 0.1

    Printing

    Filament systeem (Open/closed) Closed

    Software/System Requirements

    Software included PreForm

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    Formlabs - Formlabs raises the bar for professional desktop 3D printers again: the Formlabs Form 2 is perhaps the most advanced 3D desktop printer to date. Using lasers and resin (StereoLithogrAphy -SLA) to create complex structures, rugged engineering prototypes or other intricate pieces. The Form 2 is truelly an excellent tool if you want to innovate. An improved printing process The Form 2 features a

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