5/25/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Formlabs Launches Form Wash and Form Cure

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The automated washing and post-curing process is said to enable end-to-end SLA 3D printing.

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Formlabs, a designer and manufacturer of 3D printing systems, hasannounced Form Wash and Form Cure, a complete system for automated washing and post-curing intended to bring Formlabs materials to maximum mechanical properties. Built to complete the stereolithography (SLA) experience, Form Wash and Form Cure are said to streamline the entire 3D printing process to produce more consistent results with less time and effort. 

Form Wash offers a uniform, consistent and automated cleaning process. Users can place the Form 2’s build platform or 3D-printed parts directly into Form Wash, set the time and walk away, the company says. The system’s impeller agitates parts in isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and, when it’s done, raises the basket or platform to unveil cleaned parts ready for post-curing. Form Wash also includes a storage area to keep finishing tools tidy and a hydrometer that notifies users when it’s time to change out the IPA. 

Form Cure enhances post-curing 3D prints by precisely controlling light, temperature and time. Form Cure pairs 405-nm light with a heating system that achieves temperature conditions ideal for the properties of the SLA printed parts, Formlabs says. Post-curing with Form Cure is said to improve the performance of all Formlabs materials: standard resins increase in strength, engineering resins reach peak performance, and castable resins burn out more cleanly. Post-curing is required for biocompatible resins. 

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