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Formlabs Fuse 1 3D Printer: Review the Facts Here!

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by Bulent Yusuf
Jan 29, 2018

Formlabs Fuse 1 3D Printer: Review the Facts Here!

Soon the Formlabs Fuse 1 3D printer will be available. But what are the specs? How much will it cost? When will it be released? Review the facts on the Formlabs Fuse 1 SLS 3D Printer here.

In June 2017, 3D printer manufacturer Formlabs announced the launch of Fuse 1, the company’s first selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer.

“When we launched the world’s first desktop stereolithography 3D printer in 2012, Formlabs created new possibilities for designers and engineers to create physical products by giving them access to professional 3D printing technology that had historically been unavailable,” says Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs.

“With Fuse 1, we are taking the same approach to making powerful SLS technology available to a huge range of customers.”

Numerous companies, including global brands like New Balance and Google, are already testing the new systems.

“SLS technology enables designers and engineers to accelerate their prototyping process by combining realistic material properties with the minimization of 3D printing design constraints,” says David Beardsley, manager of Google ATAP Skunkworks.

“With the Fuse 1, a combination of high precision parts, reduced cycle time and robust materials allow teams to easily iterate throughout the design process and accelerate from whiteboard to final parts.”

With this new hardware, Formlabs hopes to make next-generation digital manufacturing more accessible, and enable mass customization through industrial-grade 3D printing.

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Formlabs Fuse 1 3D Printer: Review the Facts Formlabs Fuse 1 Tech Specs

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  • Print Engine: Selective Laser Sintering
  • Build Volume: 165 x 165 x 320 mm
  • Build Speed: 10 mm / hour
  • Layer Thickness: 100 µm
  • Material Refresh Rate: Up to 50 %
  • Startup Time: 60 minutes
  • Connectivity: Ethernet or Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions: 677 x 668 x 1059 mm
  • Weight: 88 kg
  • Power Requirements: 2 kW, 120 or 240 VAC
  • Print Preparation: PreForm Desktop Software
  • File Type: STL or OBJ

Formlabs Fuse 1 3D Printer: Review the Facts Formlabs Fuse 1 Price and Features

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The Formlabs Fuse 1 promises to bring the industrial power of SLS 3D printing to the benchtop, with the same intuitiveness and reliability that users of the Form 2 have come to appreciate.

Pricing and features include:

  • Starting at $9,999, the Fuse 1 will be 20x less expensive than the cheapest industrial SLS machines.
  • Complete package at $19,999, which bundles the printer together with a post-processing station for material recovery, an extra build piston for continuous usage, and initial material load.
  • Available materials include Nylon PA 12 and PA 11, which are the industry standards for strong and durable functional prototyping and end-use parts. Fuse 1-sintered parts will meet or exceed the material properties published by their industrial counterparts.
  • SLS produces the least expensive per-part cost in 3D printing and enables the production of large, geometrically complex prints without any supports.

Beta units of the Fuse 1 are expected to ship in Spring 2018, and you can reserve a unit now with a minimum deposit of $1,000.

Non-Beta versions are expected to ship later in the year, from September 2018.

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