Form 1: An affordable, professional 3D printer
Pledged: $2,945,885 of $100,000 goal
Funded: Oct. 26, 2012
The relatively inexpensive, high-resolution 3D printer that can sit on a desk was made by Formlabs, which started out at the MIT Media Lab in 2011. While normal 3D printers have cost upward of $10,000, this one goes for about $3,000 and is geared toward architects and product designers. “Thanks to Sony developing Blu-ray DVD players, we’re able to use a $10 laser in the printer instead of a $10,000 laser,” one of the owners told Boston.com blogger Scott Kirsner, who published a story in the Globe in Sept. 2012 about how Formlabs is changing the face of the industry. “The printer resembles a prop designed for a J.J. Abrams sci-fi film,” he wrote.
“The Form 1 may be the first low-cost 3-D printer that allows people to focus on developing their product, instead of fussing over the production process,” wrote Joseph Flaherty, of Wired Magazine in Sept. 2012.
The company had a slight setback, though, when it was sued by 3D Systems for patent infringement in November. On its website in December, the company wrote that it is “much closer to launching our production lines.” Formlabs also plans to showcase the printer at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January.