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Formlabs Form 4

The Formlabs Form 4 is a blazing fast masked SLA 3D printer that combines an industry-leading materials library with a reliable, accurate print engine.

Formlabs 4 Overview

Formlabs Form 4 is the next evolution in stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing technology, built upon years of groundbreaking hardware, software, and materials science innovations.

With unprecedented speed, Form 4 delivers the majority of parts in under two hours, in all materials, without ever compromising on dimensional accuracy or surface finish.

Formlabs Form 4 open

Formlabs Form 4 Features

23 Materials (37 with Form 4B)

Includes 6 new materials, general purpose and fast resins.

Material Management

Switch between a wide range of materials in seconds with spill-free, swappable cartridge system.

Cloud monitoring

Over time, remotely monitor your printers and track resin and tank usage on the online dashboard.

Blazing Fast

Go from design to finished part 3.5x faster (across all materials) than the Form 3+ machine.

Layer Thickness

25 – 300 microns / 001 – .012 in

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Build Volume (W x D x H)

20.0 × 12.5 × 21.0 cm | 7.9 × 4.9 × 8.3 in. 30% larger build volume to Form 3+

Formlabs Form 4 Benefits

Low force display 3D printing

Low Force Display Printing

Form 4’s speed is driven by Formlabs’ new Low Force Display™ Print Engine, a powerful combination of ultra-high power LEDs, collimating lenses, optical filters, and a robust liquid crystal display.

Together they cure each layer of resin rapidly — regardless of part size or quantity. With tight tolerances, parts printed in every resin on Form 4 will match your design parameters, every time.

Formlabs Materials

Variety of Materials to Suit any Need

Form 4 combines a new print engine with updates to the Formlabs materials library — 23 unique resins on Form 4 and 37 on Form 4B available at launch — as well as new accessories and post-processing solutions, and an improved user experience.

These updates reaffirm that Formlabs’ resin 3D printing ecosystem is the most powerful tool available for any professional to turn their ideas into reality.

Formlabs Form 4 vs injection molding

3D Printer that grows with your business

The Form 4 printer is compatible with all the consumable components that are used on the Form 3. So if you are looking to upgrade, the process has never been easier and less wasteful.

The Form 4 has been designed with many other features to improve usability, such as; easy to use touchscreen interface, adaptive layer height printing, remote printing, tear away supports and many more.

Formlabs Form 4B medical

Unmatched control and reliability

Six control systems precisely measure and maintain the temperature, resin level, print forces, and print status inside your printer.

The printer features robust hardware that was engineered for years of use. Tank rated for >75,000 layers for all materials. Light Processing Unit rated for >750,000 layers.

Formlabs SLA 3D Printing Process

Formlabs preform software

Preform

Go from CAD to printing in minutes with just a few clicks using the free PreForm software.

Load material and print

Print

Monitor your prints and manage your printers from anywhere with an integrated camera, printer diagnostic tools, and free dashboard software.

SLA post processing

Wash & Cure

Easy, effective post-processing in just fifteen minutes with quick release Build Platform Flex, Form Wash, and Form Cure.

Formlabs finishing

Finish

Use finished parts as they are or opt to sand, paint, coat, or electroplate them.

Materials available for the Formlabs Form 4

Jewelry SLA materials

Jewelry Resins

High-detail materials for jewelry design and clean investment casting.

Prototype impressive concept models and manufacture distinctive pieces with sharp resolution and the best surface finish on the market, from idea to fitting to casting.

Engineering SLA material

Standard and Engineering Resins

Functional prototyping materials

The Formlabs library of versatile, reliable Standard and Engineering Resins is formulated to help you reduce costs, iterate faster, and bring better experiences to market.

Medical SLA material

Medical and Dental Resins

Formlabs medical resins are validated for FDA-cleared workflows, produced in an ISO 13485 certified facility.

Formlabs Dental Resins enable high precision, low-cost digital production of a range of dental products in-house, including surgical guides, orthodontic models, retainers, and aligners.

Formlabs Form 4 3D Printer Specs

Technology: Low Force Display™ (LFD)

XY resolution: 50 microns

Build volume: 20.0 × 12.5 × 21.0 cm | 7.9 × 4.9 × 8.3 in

Layer thickness: 25 – 300 microns

Average print speed: 100 mm/h

Resin Tank lifetime: 75,000+ layers with any Formlabs material

Printer weight: 18.3 kg | 40.4 lb

Printer dimensions: 39.8 × 36.7 × 55.4 cm | 15.7 × 14.5 × 21.9 in

Warranty and service: One-year warranty included | Paid service and extended warranty options available

Software compatibility: Windows 7 and up | Mac OS X 10.12 and up

File types accepted: STL, OBJ, 3MF

Formlabs SLA Printer Comparison

Discover the differences between the Formlabs Stereolithography machines

ModelTechnologyBuild
Volume
Min Layer
Resolution
MaterialsDescription
Formlabs Form 4 Formlabs Form 4LFD / SLA200 × 125 × 210mm25μmResins include: Standard, Tough, Durable, Castable Wax, Rigid, Clear, Flexible, Elastic, Grey Pro, High Temp, CeramicLarge format SLA with amazing resolution
Formlabs Form 4B Formlabs Form 4BLFD / SLA200 × 125 × 210mm25μmResins include: Standard, Tough, Durable, Castable Wax, Rigid, Clear, Flexible, Elastic, Grey Pro, High Temp, Ceramic + a variety of Class 1 and Class 2a biocompatible resinsEasy clean-up and smoother parts with tear-away light-touch supports.

Formlabs Form 3L

Formlabs Form 3L

LFS / SLA300 x 335 x 200mm25μmResins include: Standard, Tough, Durable, Castable Wax, Rigid, Clear, Flexible, Elastic, Grey Pro, High Temp, CeramicLarge format SLA with amazing resolution

Formlabs Form 3BL

Formlabs Form 3BL

LFS / SLA300 x 335 x 200mm25μmResins include: Standard, Tough, Durable, Castable Wax, Rigid, Clear, Flexible, Elastic, Grey Pro, High Temp, Ceramic + a variety of Class 1 and Class 2a biocompatible resinsEasy clean-up and smoother parts with tear-away light-touch supports.

Formlabs Form 3+

Formlabs Form 3

LFS / SLA145 x 145 x 185mm25μmResins include: Standard, Tough, Durable, Castable Wax, Rigid, Clear, Flexible, Elastic, Grey Pro, High Temp, CeramicDesktop SLA with amazing resolution

Formlabs Form 3B+

Formlabs Form 3B

LFS / SLA145 x 145 x 185mm25μmResins include: Standard, Tough, Durable, Castable Wax, Rigid, Clear, Flexible, Elastic, Grey Pro, High Temp, Ceramic + a variety of Class 1 and Class 2a biocompatible resinsEasy clean-up and smoother parts with tear-away light-touch supports.

Formlabs Form FAQs

How much resin do I need for my 3D printer?

You should always have a sufficient amount of excess resin whenever you are using your Formlabs 3D printer. Fill the vat with enough resin to cover the build platform, especially when it is at zero position. Consult your manual for more information.

What is 3D printing most commonly used for?

Formlabs 3D printers are very competitvely priced, so it’s becoming more popular among businesses in different industries, such as medical, architectural, engineering, and more. Any business that needs to manufacture small parts in limited quantities will find Formlabs 3D printers more useful, faster and reliable than traditional manufacturing.

What can I print with Formlabs SLA?

You can create almost any 3D model with your printer. From prototypes to jigs and fixtures for production.

Is SLA faster than FDM?

Most FDM desktop 3D printers are faster than SLA types. However, if you print too fast, the final product will be lower in quality. Another difference between the two is the size; FDM is usually used to create large but less complex parts. Use SLA if you want to create highly detailed models.

Are resin prints stronger than FDM?

SLA resin is considered a stronger material than nylon, polycarbonate, and other tough FDM materials. Formlabs Form 4 is a resin 3D printer, is the ideal machine for you if you want to produce more durable prototypes.

How long does Formlabs resin last?

Formlabs resins usually last between 12 and 24 months in the resin cartridge. However, the resin type can greatly affect its lifespan. You should also avoid using any expired resin for your 3D printing projects. Make sure to properly dispose of resins that have reached their expiry date.

How strong is a 3D printed resin?

The final product printed using tough resin will have a modulus of elasticity of 2.7 GPa and tensile strength of 55.7 MPa. This means that the material is resistant to splintering and shattering, so if you want strong printed models, use a resin 3 dimensional printer like the Formlabs Form 4.

What are the benefits of 3D printing?

3D printing can boost the production industry as this method is faster and more cost-efficient than the traditional approach. Moreover, purchasing 3 dimensional printers allows you complete control over the design and customization of your printed products.

Industries

Formlabs 3D Printers are used in a wide variety of industry applications

Reverse Engineering

  • Product design
  • Customization
  • 3D documentation

Industrial design and manufacturing

  • Reverse engineering
  • Quality control
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Aerospace

Medical and Life Sciences

  • Orthopedics
  • Prosthetics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Custom wheelchairs

Science and education

  • Research
  • Training
  • Online museums

Art and design

  • Heritage preservation
  • Architecture
  • CGI
  • Fashion

Example Parts

Example SLA 3D printer prototypes and parts in a wide range of materials and colors. Pick on the images below to enlarge:

Manufacture Yourself

Contact us about a Formlabs Form 4 3D Printer

Call 888.874.6324 to speak to an expert

We Can Manufacture For You

Use our 3D Printing Service to make your parts

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