Meet Form Wash and Form Cure: Professional Post-Processing for Cleaner, Stronger Parts
May 5, 2017 in News
Anyone who’s used a 3D printer knows that a lot happens between hitting “print” and holding a finished part. Successful experiences, and successful prints, hinge on a process that’s reliable from end to end. That’s why we’re excited to announce Form Wash and Form Cure, a new system for automated washing and powerful post-curing designed to help you get the most from your printer.
Built to complete the stereolithography (SLA) engine, Form Wash and Form Cure streamline the entire 3D printing process to consistently deliver high-quality results with less time and effort.
Be the first to get Form Wash and Form Cure: both units are available now for pre-order and will ship beginning in September 2017.
Want to see Form Wash and Form Cure in action? Watch our video walkthrough for an inside look at how advanced post-processing helps to optimize your 3D printing process. Continue reading to learn more about why we built Form Wash and Form Cure and how they can impact your workflow.
We built Form Wash and Form Cure to deliver on the promise of intuitive, precise end-to-end 3D printing.
Automated Washing for Consistently Clean Parts
In the past, post-processing SLA prints has involved first removing parts from the build platform, then manually soaking them in a bath of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to clean off excess resin. This requires remembering to remove parts at the right time so they don't over-soak and warp.
Form Wash automates this process. Parts can be transferred directly from the printer to Form Wash, still on the build platform, or removed and placed in the basket. Once you set the time and press start, you can simply walk away, for as long as you want.
While you’re gone, Form Wash’s impeller agitates IPA to flow around your printed parts. When washing is complete, the basket and platform automatically rise out of the IPA. Voila: impeccably cleaned parts, ready when you are.
Form Wash also includes a storage area to keep finishing tools tidy, plus a hydrometer tool that lets you know when it’s time to change out the IPA for a fresh batch.
Post-Curing Tuned and Tested for Formlabs Materials
Post-curing maximizes material properties for SLA prints, improving parts’ strength and performance.
Form Cure is designed and extensively tested to achieve optimal post-curing for Formlabs resins, providing a reliable, professional post-curing solution. Using settings unique to each material, Form Cure combines the power of 405 nm light with precise temperature control to perfectly post-cure every part.
Every material in Formlabs’ library of Engineering Resins is designed to achieve its best functional properties after post-curing, and our Standard Resins become even stronger once post-cured. Post-curing is required for biocompatible materials like our Dental Resins and for successful burnout in Castable prints.