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Formlabs Form 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Formlabs Form 2. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the print quality and design. The performance and usability also get good views, whereas many are critical about the size and price.

usability, performance, design, print quality

price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Formlabs Form 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Drew Prindle (digitaltrends.com)

FormLabs Form 2 review

 

The user-friendly Form 2 3D printer is miles ahead of the competition.

Superior print performance ; Extremely user-friendly features ; Simple yet powerful software ; Wide variety of materials ; Large print capacity

Expensive ; Resin is messy

The Form 1 made the case for at-home SLA 3D printing, and the better-in-every-way Form 2 is driving it home.

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tony Hoffman (pcmag.com)

Formlabs Form 2

 

The Form 2 offers magnificent print quality, a good selection of resins, and an improved user experience over the previous generation of Formlabs 3D printers.

Superb print quality. Automatic resin feed. USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet connectivity. Touch screen. Several custom resin types available.

Printer couldn't detect one resin cartridge in our testing. A few confusing error messages. Takes time to master printing.

The MakerBot Replicator Desktop is a versatile machine that is usable by individuals, schools, hobbyists, and professionals, and it remains our Editors' Choice as a high-end general-purpose 3D printer. However, artists, jewelry designers, architects,...

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Dong Ngo (cnet.com)

Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer review

 

You want a great 3D printer? First off, make sure you have a good specific reason for one, like the need to make something that you can't buy. Secondly, be prepared to spend a lot of cash.

The Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer delivers consistently reliable performance and can produce extremely detailed and complex 3D objects. The printer supports both USB and network printing.

The printer and materials are very expensive. It performs rather slowly, and its printed objects require cleaning or will remain sticky for weeks.

Incredibly expensive, the Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer is only worth the investment for those with very specific needs and deep pockets.

Dec, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (tomsguide.com)

Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer Review

 

The Form 2 is an excellent 3D printer that can produce high-quality prints with very clean, sharp edges and fine reproduction of subtle details. Although the clear material we used in testing is quite soft, we were able to easily assemble our set of...

Excellent print quality ; Good selection of print materials including support for third-party resins ; Simple-to-use software ; Very adaptable for multiple users

Both printer and resin are expensive ; Testing produced occasional print failures with large prints

The Form 2 is an excellent, but expensive SLA printer that produces very high-quality prints.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Simon Osborne-Walker (trustedreviews.com)

Formlabs Form 2

 

The Form 2 is a 3D printer of the SLA (stereolithography) variety, as opposed to the more common FDM (fused deposition modelling) type. So instead of squirting out hot plastic to form a print, it uses lasers to harden the print from a pool of liquid...

Unsurpassed print quality ; Slick touchscreen operation ; Quiet ; Wireless print uploading

Still messier than FDM printing ; High ongoing costs

Not at all cheap to run, but the Form 2 is capable of the best print quality you can get from a desktop 3D printer.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Alastair Jennings (techradar.com)

FormLabs Form 2 review

 

Exceptional quality desktop 3D printing

High quality prints ; Practical resins ; Easy to extract models

Printing times are slow ; Messy when cleaning up prints ; Expensive compared with FFM printers

The Form 2 stands alone both in terms of price and ability. Print quality and resin mean that you can build almost anything but the price and SLA technology will not suit everyone.

May, 2016

Expert review by : Dong Ngo (cnet.com.au)

Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer review: An excellent 3D printer for a hefty price

 

You want a great 3D printer? First off, make sure you have a good specific reason for one, like the need to make something that you can't buy. Secondly, be prepared to spend a lot of cash.

The Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer delivers consistently reliable performance and can produce extremely detailed and complex 3D objects. The printer supports both USB and network printing

The printer and materials are very expensive. It performs rather slowly, and its printed objects require cleaning or will remain sticky for weeks

Incredibly expensive, the Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer is only worth the investment for those with very specific needs and deep pockets.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Dong Ngo (cnet.co.uk)

Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer review

 

You want a great 3D printer? First off, make sure you have a good specific reason for one, like the need to make something that you can't buy. Secondly, be prepared to spend a lot of cash.

The Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer delivers consistently reliable performance and can produce extremely detailed and complex 3D objects. The printer supports both USB and network printing.

The printer and materials are very expensive. It performs rather slowly, and its printed objects require cleaning or will remain sticky for weeks.

Incredibly expensive, the Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer is only worth the investment for those with very specific needs and deep pockets.

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Built-in display:Y
Color of product:Grey, Orange
Cover:Y
Touchscreen:Y
Viewing window:Y

Engraving

Laser wave power:250
Laser wavelength:405

Memory

Internal memory:2
Memory Type:RAM

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35

Packaging Content

Cleaning cloth:Y
Protective gloves included:Y
Scraper:Y
Tweezers:Y
Wipes included:Y

Ports & interfaces

Card reader integrated:N
Ethernet LAN:Y
USB port:Y
Wi-Fi:Y

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-240
Input current:1.5
Power consumption (typical):65

Scanning

Scan volume (max):5.71 x 5.71 x 6.89

System Requirements

Mac compatibility:Y
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra,Mac OS X 10.7 Lion,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Technical Details

Certification:EN 60825-1:2007
Control Type:Buttons, Touch
Layer thickness (max):3.94
Layer thickness (min):0.984
Model file formats supported:obj,stl
Print technology:Stereolithography (SLA)
Printing material:Photopolymer, Resin

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13
Height:20.5
Weight:28.7
Width:13.8