Apr. 17, 2024

Formlabs Launches Form 4B, The Fastest, Most Reliable 3D Printer for Digital Dentistry

Delivering most parts in under two hours, Form 4 is a powerful, affordable tool for professionals to bring their ideas to life at blazing speeds with unmatched reliability, print quality, and ease of use.

Somerville, MA, Apr. 17, 2024Formlabs, the leader in 3D printing, today unveiled the fastest, most reliable  3D printer for professionals with the launch of Form 4B. The new flagship resin 3D printer sets a new standard for additive manufacturing with Formlabs’ proprietary new Low Force Display™ (LFD) Print Engine, updates to the company’s library of industry-leading resins, new automated post-processing, and an improved user experience. Form 4B’s up to five times faster print speeds will unlock new levels of productivity for dental professionals to take improve patient experience and operational efficiency. 

“Form 4B is a huge leap not only for Formlabs and our customers, but also for the entire 3D printing world,” said Formlabs CEO and co-founder Max Lobovsky. “More than a decade ago, Formlabs created the desktop SLA 3D printer category and set a new standard for accuracy, reliability, ease of use, and affordability in 3D printing. We’ve built on the strength and insights gathered from more than 130,000 printers on the market and over 300 million parts printed to deliver the Form 4B, our best SLA printer ever. Its reliability and new level of speed will transform how our customers develop new products.”

As the company’s fourth generation of desktop resin 3D printers, Form 4B takes performance to new levels by delivering blazing fast print speeds, extreme reliability, industry-leading material properties, excellent print quality, and intuitive operation.

Form 4B Highlights

  • Blazing fast print speeds: Prints two to five times faster than Form 3+ depending on material, enabling same-hour iteration or batch production with masked stereolithography (mSLA) technology. 

    • Complete most prints in under two hours and small parts in minutes of cycle time.

    • Achieve maximum vertical print speeds of 100 mm per hour.

  • LFD™ Print Engine: A departure from laser and galvanometer technology, Form 4B features an ultra high power backlight (16 mw/cm2), proprietary release texture, Light Processing Unit 4 (LPU 4), and dual-layer, flexible film resin tank. 

  • Unmatched reliability: Industry-leading print success thanks to validated print settings, precision heating, force sensing, and debris detection.

  • Stunning parts that always fit: With 50-micron pixels, highly collimated light, advanced pixel smoothing, and light touch supports, Form 4B’s print quality is unmatched.

  • Intuitive to use: Anyone can learn to print in 15 minutes – featuring automatic resin handling, instant material changes, automated post-processing, and quick release build platform technology.

  • 40% lower cost per part: Delivering affordability with long-lasting resin tanks (75,000+ layers) and Light Processing Unit (1M+ layers), lower resin pricing, 30% larger print volume, and 3.5 times higher throughput.

Dental professionals who have used Form 4B have already seen it change their workflows. “I think Formlabs is like Apple; you just pull the printer out of the box, put it on the table, and within five to 10 minutes it's up and running,” said Stephan Kreimer, master dental technician and director of Kreimer Dentallabor GmbH & Co. KG. “The entire ecosystem, including PreForm and Fleet Control, along with the hardware improvements, is amazing. I was so happy when I first plugged it in. The build quality and the significantly improved print speed make the printer a great choice for professionals."

Industry-Leading Materials, Now Starting at $99 per L

In addition to the new printer, Formlabs is introducing six new resins to its industry-leading resin library, including:

  • Four newly reformulated General Purpose Resins that take advantage of the Form 4B ecosystem to print two to five times faster than Form 3 with improved toughness and color.

  • Fast Model Resin, for high-speed prototypes and production of orthodontic models.

  • Precision Model Resin, for highly accurate dental models that always fit.

Additionally, Form 4B, designed for innovative healthcare professionals in the dental and medical industries, is compatible with 15 additional biocompatible materials. 

Form 4B (starting at $6,299) is available today at Formlabs.com.

About Formlabs
Formlabs builds the tools that make it possible for anyone to bring their ideas to life. Headquartered in Somerville, Mass. with offices across the globe, Formlabs is the professional 3D printer of choice for engineers, designers, healthcare providers, manufacturers, and decision-makers. Formlabs’ products include SLA and SLS 3D printers, post-processing solutions, and Form Auto manufacturing solution for automatic part removal. The company also develops its own portfolio of industry-leading, high-performance materials and best-in-class 3D printing software. In 2024, Formlabs was named one of the world’s Most Innovative Companies in Manufacturing by Fast Company. To learn more, visit www.formlabs.com. 

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