|Description||high-resolution desktop 3D printing|
|Venture Round, 11/2011 ||$500k|
|Crowdfunding, 10/2012 ||$2.8M|
|Series A, 10/2013 |
Pitango Venture Capital
Formlabs is developing an affordable high-resolution 3D printer to enable designers, engineers, and makers to easily realize their dreams in beautiful physical form.
The Form 1 is a printer, software, and post-processing kit.
It is a stereolithography machine, meaning that it shines a laser onto a metal surface through a layer of resin. Using a process of photopolymerization, the slices are laid down one after the other creating a solid object that lifts out of the resin as it is built.
The objects that come out of the Form 1 look as if they had been injection molded. The layer height of 25 microns ensures that there are no “jaggies” along the object edge and that items that come out of the machine look as solid as, say, a child’s toy. In fact you can see objects made of the same material in stores around the world — it’s a solid, usable, slightly malleable plastic that holds up to abuse.