In a stunning move, Formlabs is shaking up the 3D printing paradigm

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We can honestly say we didn’t see it coming. While 3D printing technology has made tremendous progress over the years, challenges remain, as noted by Formlabs co-founder and CEO Max Lobovsky. “Our mission is to make this technology simpler and easier to use. We constantly ask ourselves what we can get out of the challenge of using a 3D printer, and we have realized that most of the complexity comes from the third dimension. If we can remove that, we can revolutionize 3D printing. Enter the 2D form.

Whether printing important documents or CAD designs, the Form 2D is the perfect pre-prototyping companion that will help makers and hobbyists put their ideas to paper without the pitfalls of traditional paper printers, Formlabs said in its announcement.

Key features of the 2D Form include:

  • PreForm software compatibility. The Form 2D eliminates the need to search for USB drives or SD memory cards. Formlabs’ print preparation software, Preform, seamlessly exports 3D files to the Form 2D, delivering stunning part renderings on high-quality paper.
  • Easy to replace toner kits. Formlabs’ best-selling Stereolithography Color Kit offers a kaleidoscope of colors in the included Broad Spectrum Toner Kit. Compared to traditional 2D printers, the Form 2D has a simple top-loading slot for replacing toner cartridges, much like replacing a resin cartridge on the Form 3+, Formlabs said.
  • Remote printing. The Form 2D offers the same remote printing capability as the company’s Form 3+ and Form 3L, allowing users to send documents to the printer from another location, so when you walk into the office , a stack of papers is waiting for you. In the era of remote working and hybrid workspaces, and disruptions to daily routine, the Form 2D can also be easily moved from location to location to print documents anywhere.

Appropriately, Form 2D will be commercially available from April 1.

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