Phillips Additive, Formlabs Unveil State-of-the-Art ‘Form 4’ 3D Printer

Pune, India – Formlabs and Phillips Additive held a demonstration of the new ‘Form 4’ 3D printer on May 23, 2024, in Gurugram. The event was attended by senior leaders from both Formlabs and Phillips Additive, along with many modern manufacturers who gathered to experience the Form 4 printer. The event also featured a panel discussion with industry experts possessing vast experience in the manufacturing sector. Key panelists included Amit Kapur, Chairman & Managing Director - Nanobubble India Co; Arpan Ghosh, Founder and Director of Gamma Rotors; and Dr Harish Kumar, Associate Professor, NIT Delhi.

Form 4 sets a new standard for additive manufacturing through Formlabs’ proprietary new Low Force Display™ (LFD) printer engine, an industry-leading enhanced materials library, a new automated post-processing system, and an intuitive user experience. Depending on the material, products can be printed at a speed that is at least 2 to 5 times faster than Form 3+, enabling repetitive prototype production or batch production using mSLA (stereolithography) technology. With a vertical print speed of up to 100 mm per hour, most products can be produced within 2 hours and small parts within a few minutes. It is also reliable and economical. Long-lasting material tanks (over 75,000 layers) and light processing units (over 1 million layers), 40 percent lower resin costs, 30 percent larger print volumes, and 3.5x higher throughput save up to 40 percent in cost per part. It boasts the industry’s highest print success rate thanks to its precision heating, force detection, and foreign object detection functions.

Form 4 3DPrinter

Form 4 opens up fresh opportunities across diverse applications, speeding up the iterative process for design teams, boosting production capacity for manufacturers, and broadening material options for service bureaus. It serves a wide range of industries including Automotive, Die & Mold, General Engineering, Medical, Aerospace & Defence.

Phillips Additive, an industry leader in additive technology, provides a wide range of comprehensive additive solutions encompassing Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA), Directed Energy Deposition (DED), and Hybrid technologies. These solutions cater to diverse industry needs, from rapid prototyping and complex geometries to high-strength end-use parts. With the addition of Form 4 to its portfolio, Phillips Additive can now offer even more advanced capabilities. The Form 4 3D printer, with its superior speed, precision, and efficiency, complements Phillips Additive’s existing offerings by providing an industry-leading option for high-quality, rapid production.

Anuj Budhiraja, Vice President-Phillips Additive (India, Middle East, Malaysia), stated, “Our collaboration with Formlabs to introduce Form 4 in India is a significant step towards revolutionizing the manufacturing landscape. We are excited to see the immense potential this product holds for various industries.”

Amit Kapur, Chairman & Managing Director - Nanobubble India Co, added, “The launch of the Form 4 3D printer represents constant advancement in additive manufacturing technology. With its speed and precision, the Form 4 sets a new standard for the AM industry. Adopting such advanced technology is essential for maintaining a competitive edge and meeting the evolving industry demands.”

Similarly, Arpan Ghosh, Founder and Director of Gamma Rotors, said, “The Form 4’s increased speed and precision will enable users to push the boundaries of what is possible in additive manufacturing, making it an effective solution for manufacturing companies that rely on high-quality and efficient production processes.”

Dr Harish Kumar, Associate Professor at NIT Delhi, stressed, “The unveiling of the Form 4 3D printer is a remarkable milestone in additive manufacturing. As an academic institute invested in the latest technological advancements, I am excited about the potential applications of Form 4 in research and industry.”

Ramnish Sharma, Country Manager, India, Formlabs, commented,  “Utilizing our wealth of experience from manufacturing over 130,000 printers and 300 million parts, we are delighted to introduce Form 4, the premier SLA printer in the Indian market. Formlabs pioneered desktop SLA 3D printing over a decade ago, setting new standards in accuracy, reliability, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness. With the latest advancements in the Form 4, we’ve further improved features and stability, empowering our customers across various industries to elevate their product creation and development processes.”

Industry leaders have praised the Form 4 3D Printer for its technology and impact on manufacturing efficiency.  The event highlighted the Form 4’s superior speed, precision, and cost efficiency, setting a new benchmark in the industry. With expert insights, panel discussions, and live demonstrations, attendees gained a comprehensive understanding of how the Form 4 can revolutionize production processes across various sectors. The addition of Form 4 to Phillips Additive’s comprehensive suite of solutions further solidifies their commitment to driving innovation and excellence in manufacturing.

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