Formlabs announced Form Wash and Form Cure, a complete system for automated washing and post-curing systems to bring Formlabs materials to maximum mechanical properties. Formlabs will be showcasing the new system for the first time at the RAPID + TCT conference (May 8-11, Pittsburgh, PA).
“Anyone who’s used a 3D printer knows the dirty secret of the process: a lot happens in between hitting ‘print’ and holding a final product. We know our users’ time is better spent designing and creating, so we developed Form Wash and Form Cure to bridge that missing gap; making it easier than ever to go from finished print to ready-to-use part,” said Dávid Lakatos, Chief Product Officer at Formlabs.
Built to complete the stereolithography (SL) experience, Form Wash and Form Cure streamline the 3D printing process. 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. Form Wash’s impeller agitates parts in isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and, when done, raises the basket or platform to unveil perfectly cleaned parts ready for post-curing. Form Wash also includes a storage area to keep finishing tools tidy and a hydrometer that indicates when it’s time to change out the IPA.
Form Cure enhances post-curing of 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 SL printed parts. Post-curing with Form Cure improves 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.