Formlabs was founded out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 to bring high-resolution, low-cost 3D printing to the world. The first Formlabs 3D printer, the Form 1, was announced in October 2012 through a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign raised a record $2.95 million in funding and the first Form 1 3D printers started shipping in 2013.
The Form 3 is the latest-generation 3D printers from Formlabs, following on from the incredible success of the Form 2. The Form 3 was released in 2019. It uses a high precision optical system to direct a laser across a tank of liquid resin. The laser causes a very thin layer of resin to solidify. This process is then repeated until the object is printed. The results are amazing – models printed with a Formlabs 3D printer are super-detailed and parts are end-use worthy.