Finally got my Form 1+ 3D printer delivered last week (having ordered it in late June)… For those not familiar, it’s the first “consumer level” 3D printer that uses a technology other than FDM - in this case it’s a real stereolithography process with photosensitive liquid resin and an LED laser.
As a test I made a 80 cell Voronoi wireframe cube in Grasshopper, 50mm on a side with 1.4mm diameter pipes, and ran it through the printer. Images of the result below. The resolution is pretty impressive. And the material is pretty strong, easily handleable without breaking. Print time was about 6 hours.
I found the printer software to be very nicely done, simple and intuitive, especially the way you can edit the automatically generated supports, manually removing or placing new ones with one click including real time visualization and indication of unsupported areas. It did take some time to adjust the supports in software, as this particular shape with its internal structure is tricky to print. It also took some time to physically remove them after the print was done.
All in all I’m very impressed with the design of the machine and how the system works, considering its 2800 dollar/euro pricetag…
Edit: one slight inconvenience (for us) that I forgot to mention, is that the printer only has a USB connection, so you can’t upload files to the machine via the network, and the upload time is relatively long. Hopefully one day these machines will have a network connection or even wireless and work with a printer driver like file upload system.