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In other news, I've made quite a few posts on topics related to 3D printing so it's no surprise that I've been following the market and technology. Anyway, last year a new 3D printing start-up (MIT associated) called FormLabs unveiled their amazing product, the Form 1, through KickStarter (raising about 3 million dollars in the process). I was swept off my feet when I saw it--an ultra-high resolution consumer-level desktop 3D printer using stereo-lithographic (SLA) technology. What makes this printer so amazing is the SLA process. Instead of melting and fusing plastic coils, the Form 1 uses an ultraviolet laser to "draw" patterns in a tub of liquid resin, the energy from the UV laser causes the resin to photo-polymerize and harden at every position that the laser draws onto. Therefore, each layer is capable of slightly "blending" each adjacent layer in generating a near-seamless printed product with very little necessary clean-up.
Realizing that this could be a "game-changing" piece of hardware, I backed the project on KickStarter nearly a year ago. Fast-forward to now, and I finally have the Form 1 sitting on my desktop, and it's a beautiful piece of technology. However, that's all it is right now as I haven't booted up the printer because I'm still waiting for the resin to arrive which will be in about a week. Until then, I'm looking forward to making my first print which I'll be sure to discuss in a future update.