Posted on July 13, 2022 by Clemens M.

The American manufacturer Formlabs , best known for its resin solutions, entered the additive manufacturing powder technology market in 2021. Although the company intended to do so since 2017, it did not happen until the market launch of Fuse 1, its first 3D printer based on selective laser sintering. Since then Formlabs continues to work towards its goal of becoming a major player in the field. Now the Massachusetts-based company has announced the release of a new version of its dust machine. Named Fuse 1+ 30W, it's its most powerful industrial 3D printer to date, with a 30W laser that opens up the machine to high-performance materials. It also features an improved production speed that promises to optimize and dramatically shorten production times.

Regarding its market presence, Max Lobovsky, CEO and co-founder of Formlabs, commented: "Since the release of Fuse 1 in January 2021, Formlabs single-handedly expanded the SLS market, accounting for more than 50 percent of SLS printer sales during that time.” As we saw in the 3D printer test Fuse 1, Formlabs focuses all its efforts on providing SLS solutions that make manufacturing processes easier for the user. From laminating the model using PreForm to 3D printing of Fuse 1 and finally post-processing the parts of Sift; every single step has been thought out and designed around accessibility, which is an important point they addressed with the release of Fuse 1+ 30W. But what can we expect from this new solution and what are its features?

Fuse 1+ 30W optimizes and shortens production time. 
(Photo: Formlabs)

Features of Fuse 1+ 30W

The 3D printer Fuse 1+ 30W is developed on the basis of its predecessor, Fuse 1. It integrates improved components, such as a much more powerful 30W laser, which will make work with high-performance materials possible. It also has an improved galvanometer system with a scan speed of up to 12.5m/s. Due to the fact, Fuse 1+ 30W will allow customers to print their parts in less than 24 hours ie. up to twice as fast. Another feature to highlight is the low waste generation thanks to the high packing density and the possibility of dust recycling. This allows for a low cost per part and a quick return on investment. Lobovsky continues, "S Fuse 1+ 30W we're taking SLS 3D printing to new heights — delivering truly fast, high-performance SLS printing at a price companies can afford. Total Formlabs has sold over 100,000 professional SLA printers – more than any other 3D printer manufacturer – and Fuse 1+ 30W makes us similarly dominant in the SLS market.”

In terms of materials, the new SLS 3D printer is capable of working with industrial materials enabled by its active powder processing system. In addition to the machine Formlabs announced the development of Nylon 11 CF powder, a carbon fiber-reinforced material that it hopes will be much stronger and lighter to expand applications for manufacturers and companies. This new addition to the company's range of SLS materials is specifically designed for end applications with Fuse 1+ 30W. Nylon 11 CF will also enable the creation of stiff, lightweight parts that can withstand repeated impacts, making it ideal for spare parts, high-impact equipment and functional prototypes. With high stiffness, dimensional stability and thermal stability, users will get the best of nylon and carbon fiber in one material.

Nylon 11 CF powder will make it possible to create stiffer and lighter parts (Photos: Formlabs).

In short, the new solution of Formlabs is designed for reliability and efficient workflow from start to finish. From print setup to post-processing; The hardware of the series Fuse and the software of Formlabs increase the efficiency of each step of the process. Ideal for a variety of industries, from engineering and manufacturing to dentistry and healthcare, Fuse 1+ 30W is a great choice for many professionals. The machine is available to order. Will this second 3D printer allow the Formlabs to become one of the leaders in the SLS market? More information can be found on the company's website

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