A Resin Pumping System and new Polypropylene Powder from Formlabs look to increase the efficiency, versatility, and scalability of its 3D printing ecosystem.
Targeting in-house prototyping and production, Formlabs says that the Resin Pumping System set-up for the Form 3 and Form 3L printers is a plug-and-play replacement for standard single litre cartridges that can deliver five litres of resin directly to the printer’s resin tank for continuous printing for five times longer.
Formlabs says that the five litre containers of select materials have an initial discount of at least 10 per cent compared to one litre cartridges.
The shift to pump over cartridge also has sustainability benefits, enabling 86% reduced packaging waste. Available now, the system costs $199.
Drone developer, Skydio, has been beta testing the new system, and says that it is proving an advantage for its Form 3+ 3D printer.
“I don’t have to check on the one litre cartridge, which ran out once and caused us to place a frantic, last-minute order,” said Skydio senior hardware development specialist Eric Weinhoffer. “Now, Resin Pumping System and the five litre container reduce the mental burden on me and ensure our printers keep running.”
For its SLS 3D printers, Formlabs is launching Polypropylene, the second-most widely produced commodity plastic in the world.
Commonly used for its low-density, lightweight, and chemically resistant properties, Polypropylene Powder will expand the Formlabs SLS portfolio, enabling users to print products commonly made of polypropylene efficiently on the Fuse 1+ 30W 3D printer. Polypropylene Powder is available now.
Formlabs CPO Dávid Lakatos, said: “3D printing production is steadily increasing, and the introduction of Resin Pumping System, Polypropylene Powder, and Premium Teeth Resin are three big steps in our mission to provide professionals with a full ecosystem of the tools they need to bring their ideas to life.”