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Formlabs Showcases Mass Customization, Premieres New Materials

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For the first time, visitors of the Consumers Electronic Show 2018 can take a look at Formlab’s new SLS Fuse 1 3D printer. But there’s more: The company premieres two new materials and showcases interesting new mass customization solutions.

At CES 2018, the Formlabs booth will have the Form 2, Fuse 1, Form Cell. Also, the company will showcase how to use 3D printing in mass customization.

One of their demos will be the creation of on-demand custom earbuds. Over the years, the one-size-fits-all approach to earbuds has changed. Thanks to 3D printing, mass customized earbuds have become more common.

At CES, Formlabs and 3Shape will demo how the Form 2 3D printer and 3Shape Phoenix in-ear scanner make it possible to put customized earbuds in the hands of consumers faster.

During development for the quip electric toothbrush, prototyping was either prohibitively expensive or poor quality. Now, with Form 2, quip can prototype high-quality parts more affordable. quip will showcase their product development process at the Formlabs booth, comparing how they could have overcome significant challenges faster using the Form 2.

Rigid and Grey Pro: Two New Specialist Materials

In the last year, Formlabs have broadened their palette of 3D printing resins with dental resins and engineering grade materials. Now they are introducing two new resins, Rigid and Grey Pro.

Grey Pro Resin (see below) offers high precision and versatile material properties, including moderate elongation and low creep, which make it great for concept modeling and functional testing.

Rigid Resin (see below), Formlab’s first enforced with glass resin, offers very high stiffness and a polished finish.

“Since its inception, the strength of 3D printing has always been in rapid prototyping, but as our materials have evolved and multiplied we’ve seen an overwhelming increase in parts created for many use cases, including the manufacturing line and more recently in mass customization,” said Max Lobovsky, co-founder and CEO of Formlabs. “We believe we can drive 3D printing into more end-use applications by dramatically improving material properties and significantly decreasing the cost per part, bringing the promise of 3D printed mass customization closer to reality for businesses and consumers.”

(Source: Press Release)

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