Re: What 3d printer do you use at work?

Postby Cameron » January 9th, 2018, 12:43 pm

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All the small consultancies and similar operations in my area have a Formlabs Form 2 and it seems to be 'near perfect' aside from the smaller build areas. If I was buying one today I would get that one, hands down.
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Re: What 3d printer do you use at work?

Postby Wosh » January 9th, 2018, 2:16 pm

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Wanted to concur with Ryan about the Objet - people can be general all rounders with it, but you'll need someone dedicated to get intimate with the machine and processes.

Although focusing more on the hobbyist, this reddit 3D printing megathread can be a good resource to ask questions and search for previous answers (make sure to check previous months too): ... read_what/

Re: What 3d printer do you use at work?

Postby seurban » January 10th, 2018, 9:25 pm

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We have an old Dimension Elite SST1200 that we use a lot, and unlike the OP it's been quite reliable. We have had the maintenance contract though, and they have done significant work on it to the point of rebuilding major sections. The company we've used is Fisher Unitech, and though the contract is expensive it is nice to have a reliable workhorse that we don't have to fuss with to make work. We also really like the soluble support. After having supports that just dissolve away (we do usually break most of it off to speed it up as well, but that's easy and quick), cutting supports off an SLA feels like a real pain. Resolution isn't great, but for most things we don't actually need super high res unless they're tiny parts or finish models.

We also have a Form 1 that doesn't get a ton of use since the FDM machine is easier and more reliable. Not sure if we'd use the SLA more if it was a Form 2. Unfortunately Form has stopped making material for it, which pisses me off a little (it's not that old, even if it makes economic sense they've lost points with me by not supporting their product long term). We did find some third party material from Photocentric, though, which has worked well so far. We've only used the clear flexible, but they have a big selection with multiple colors (inc. clear) for each material type. The material is cheaper than Form's as well and I believe it should work with the Form 2.

Photocentric also makes some interesting printers that we might consider if we want to upgrade the SLA. They use LCDs instead of lasers or DLP which allows them to have a relatively large build volume. Their biggest printer has a build volume of 470mm x 240mm x 340mm (18.5 in x 9.4 in x 13.4 in) for about $5k. They also have smaller/cheaper models. The resin for these machines (they call it "daylight" resin) is also pretty cheap with a big selection (more options than for their laser resins, I think). The only issue is that it's hard to find reviews from people who've actually used them. Do any of you have any experience with them?

Re: What 3d printer do you use at work?

Postby VanDeBar » January 11th, 2018, 4:56 pm

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Thanks guys, much appreciated ! This definitively helps me !


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