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Backed by big-name angels, MIT-bred Formlabs unveils high-res 3-D printer for $2300

Posted by Scott Kirsner  September 26, 2012 12:46 PM

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I wrote in last Sunday's Globe about Formlabs, a Cambridge startup born at MIT's Media Lab that has designed a low-cost, high-resolution 3-D printer.

Co-founders David Cranor, Natan Linder, and Maxim Lobovsky (at right) attracted backing from big-name investors like Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Lotus founder Mitch Kapor, and Media Lab director Joi Ito. And today they launched a Kickstarter campaign to take orders for the printer, the Form 1. The first batch of 25 printers were priced at $2,300, and they sold out pretty fast, helping the company blow past its original $100,000 fund-raising goal on Kickstarter in just a few hours. Buyers who weren't so quick on the draw will pay $2,500.

Below is more coverage of Formlab's launch; company background; a photo I shot in their offices earlier this month; and their Kickstarter fund-raising video.

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Earlier protoypes of the Form 1 printer, on display at Formlabs' Cambridge offices.

Other coverage:

• Wired: Formlabs Creates a Low-Cost, Light-Based 3-D Printer

• JP Morgan: Formlabs Release Could Be Negative for 3D Systems

• Xconomy: Q&A: How a 3-D Printer Could Change the World

• Formlabs' profile on AngelList

• Discussion about Formlabs on Hacker News

The Formlabs Kickstarter video:

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