November 8, 2012 AT 5:00 am

Behind the Design of Formlabs Form 1 3D Printer #3dthursday

Formlabs

Check out this Solidsmack design interview with the creator of the Formlabs Form 1 SL-based 3D-printer:

Developing a beautiful printer, great materials, easy to use software and a finish kit to tie the experience together is very time-consuming. Keeping track of all these different parts in production has been a challenge. In terms of actual mechanical engineering though, our biggest challenge was imagining SL printing for the desktop and how to make that experience as user friendly as possible. There are lot of subtle details that we hope users will appreciate from the grip on the build platform to getting just the right amount of friction in the hinge for the cover and the audible ‘click’ when a resin tank is inserted securely. Small details like that are important to us and we believe it goes a long way towards making the experience for our users even better.

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