New Resin Pumping System and Bulk Pricing Streamline SLA Operations and Lower Cost Per Part

Formlabs Dental is proud to announce that Resin Pumping System and new bulk resin pricing opportunities are now available for the Form 3 Series ecosystem, improving access to dental 3D printing by significantly lowering cost per part. Reduced chair time, labor, and simple workflows have made stereolithography (SLA) competitive with manual production. With an even more competitive cost per part, it’s now easier than ever to take advantage of the wide range of indications for enhanced patient experience and better ROI. 

Resin Pumping System, an accessory for the Form 3 Series that delivers five liters of resin to the printer without cartridge changeover, improves operational efficiency, streamlines the SLA 3D printing workflow, and reduces waste by 86%. Resin Pumping System enables all Formlabs SLA users to print more frequently with fewer touchpoints, and at a lower cost per liter.

“[Resin Pumping System] is an effective system that worked well and kept machines running without intervention for longer periods of time, which is great when you print a lot.”

- Roe Dental

Consumables pricing discounts are now available, both through purchasing five liters of resin at once with Resin Pumping System as well as speaking with our team about your specific needs. Bulk discounts are available for resin purchased as both one liter cartridges and 5 L Resin Containers. These discounts start at 30 L and scale up with order size, enabling the lowest cost per part possible with Formlabs professional desktop 3D printers. 

Both Resin Pumping System and bulk resin discounts lead to lower cost per part, so that your Form 3/B/+ or Form 3/B/L can work continuously to deliver the parts you need, at an even more affordable price. 

Visit our materials catalog to choose the best resin for your workflow in a 5 L Resin Container, then purchase Resin Pumping System to get started. To speak with a member of our team and build a custom pricing structure for your needs, contact sales.

How Does Resin Pumping System Work?

Person in lab coat inserting a Resin Pump into a Formlabs 3B+ 3D printer

The Resin Pump is placed into the cartridge slot of the Form 3/B/+ or Form 3/B/L. Tubing connects the Resin Pump to the 5 L Resin Container.

The Resin Pumping System consists of a Resin Pump connected to a 5 L Resin Container, tubing, and a unique resin card that tracks material usage and provides low resin warnings.

The Resin Pump sits inside the Form 3/B/+ or Form 3/B/L’s cartridge slot, with the tubing connected to the external 5 L Resin Container. To begin printing with the Resin Pumping System, follow these simple steps:

  • Insert the resin card into the slot in the Resin Pump.

  • Unscrew the cap on the 5 L Resin Container and install the transfer cap.

  • Unhook the transfer cap’s silicone plug and connect the tubing between the Resin Pump and Resin Container.

  • Twist off the drip cap on the Resin Pump and place it into the printer’s cartridge slot.

The Resin Pumping System will keep the printer’s Resin Tank continuously filled, so that you can print for five times as long before having to change the cartridge and disrupt your workflow. 

One major advantage of Formlabs SLA printers has always been the ease of switching between the many advanced materials in our resin library, and that won’t change with Resin Pumping System. For users looking to maintain the ease of switching between materials, tubing for each type of resin can be purchased at an extremely affordable price. The resin itself doesn’t come in contact with the Resin Pump, so there is no cleaning necessary when switching materials.

Why Use Resin Pumping System and the Formlabs Automation Ecosystem

Person in a lab coat removing 3D prints from a Form Auto

Resin Pumping System completes the Formlabs Automation Ecosystem, helping enable around-the-clock 3D printing.

In early 2023, Formlabs introduced the Automation Ecosystem, a revolutionary new way of 3D printing that enables high-productivity 3D printing at scale, reduces cost per part, and improves fleet management experiences. Resin Pumping System is a key part to making the Automation Ecosystem truly hands-free. After Form Auto removes the print job by leveraging the Quick Release Technology of the Build Platform 2, new prints start automatically. That cycle can now run unattended for five times longer — without requiring an operator to be onsite. 

The Form Auto enables a true ‘third shift,’ so that production doesn’t stop when you leave for the day. Resin Pumping System is an integral component of that third shift — there’s no production without a steady resin supply.

“I’d be here on the weekend because we had so much going on. I have not been here on Saturday or Sunday since we bought the Form Auto. Nobody has.”

Dr. Lisa Alvetro, DDS, Orthodontist at Alvetro Orthodontics

Using Form Auto with Resin Pumping System and Fleet Control gives users a bird’s eye view of their entire operation, but with fewer alerts for consumables changeover. Together, the Automation Ecosystem enables small practices to grow and scale their businesses without no additional labor costs needed, and large orthodontic practices and labs to scale up with greater efficiency.

Reduce Costs

5 L Container of Draft Resin

Five resins, including the two most commonly-used resins, Draft Resin, and Model Resin, will be available immediately.

5 L Container of Model Resin

Contact sales for additional material availability.

Since first introducing accessible, industrial-quality desktop 3D printer, Formlabs has established the industry benchmark for professional 3D printing for dental labs, dental practices, and orthodontic labs around the globe. Formlabs has continuously improved our product and business strategy to ensure that producing high-quality parts is not only easy, but affordable for all types of professionals. 

By providing resin in large volume containers, Formlabs is able to lower the per liter price of our resin while streamlining printing for our users. Additionally, users who are ordering large volumes of resin can benefit from our bulk pricing scheme for further reduction in cost per part. 

Lower resin costs open up possibilities for digital dentistry. For many applications, traditional methods take more lead time, logistics, and labor. 3D printing can help solve these issues, improving patient experience and reducing time and the cost per appliance.

Example: How to Make 1000 3D Printed Dental Arches (Draft Resin) in One Day
Basket of 3D printed models
SetupWith Automation EcosystemWithout Automation Ecosystem
Printers needed46
Number of cartridge changes214
Operators required12
Cost per part*$1.68$3.06

*Calculation includes equipment and labor costs, and amortization.

Formlabs printers are tools — and just like any tool, they pay for themselves by making your workflow easier and more affordable. That time to ROI will vary depending on print volume, but for users who are printing between two and four liters of resin each month, Resin Pumping System pays for itself in under four months. For higher volume users, this time is significantly less.

Increase Operational Efficiency

Manual replacement of cartridges is a touchpoint that can interrupt workflow. Whether managing printer fleets or even just one or two printers operating continuously, printer interactions add up and can present real obstacles to overall efficiency. 

Resin Pumping System makes it possible to print five times as long without changing cartridges, enabling continuous uptime for the printer and reducing user touchpoints, equating to more time that can be spent on higher-value tasks. 

Resin storage and inventory footprint become easier with Resin Pumping System, which represents a 58% reduction in footprint compared to printing with individual cartridges. The 5 L Resin Containers are easier to store, take up less space, and help customers avoid situations where dozens of partially empty cartridges may sit idle on a rack. 

The desktop size of the Form 3 Series is what made it possible for dentists and orthodontists to bring industrial-quality 3D printing into their practices, and for dental and orthodontic labs to efficiently scale their businesses. Consumables management can limit the advantage of the desktop workflow. Resin Pumping System can help streamline operational efficiency and ensure that every inch of space is optimally utilized.

Reduce Waste

Efficiency isn’t limited to the pre-print consumables management or the printing touchpoints — disposal processes can be made more efficient as well. Resin Pumping System reduces cartridge and packaging waste by 86%. Single liter cartridges often take up sizable portions of disposal solutions, especially for high volume users, and changing to 5 L Resin Containers is an easy way to cut down on plastic waste and disposal needs.

Even More Affordable Cost Per Part for Dental 3D Printing

The Resin Pumping System including a 5 L Container of Draft Resin, tube, and card

The Resin Pumping System and 5 L Resin Container enable efficient, affordable 3D printing.

The new Resin Pumping System and bulk resin pricing discounts make it easier than ever to choose the Form 3 Series printers for your workflow. When determining the ROI of SLA printers, cost per liter and time are often the biggest factors to consider. 

Both the 5 L Resin Containers and customizable tiered discounts create the highest level of savings Formlabs has ever offered, while Resin Pumping System reduces hands-on tasks and frees up time for higher value activities. Speak with our sales team to discuss your resin requirements and see if bulk discounts are right for you. To buy Resin Pumping System now and resins in a 5 L Resin Containers, visit our store.