download-26They may have only been in the 3D printing space for five years max, but Formlabs has made good use of their time. Producing some impressive 3D printers, the Form 1+ and the Form 2, the Somerville, Massachusetts-headquartered manufacturer has focused on quality over quantity in a very condensed manner, with more than considerable success. Offering smart, high-resolution printing for those interested in working from the desktop, Formlabs specializes in SLA 3D printing; however, they still understand what are often considerable pros and cons in using nearly any hardware, software, or materials.

While we report on nearly every company in the industry, we’ve seen throughout the years that Formlabs certainly has a firm grip on what users are looking for, and as a result of all this good energy we’ve watched them expand around the world, create new partnerships, and offer up new materials like biocompatible resins. In addition, they generously offer up education as they see fit, from how to build your own UV Cure Box to how to sell your 3D printed jewelry.

form2-768x512 (1)Now, furthering their obvious penchant for discussing what’s relevant to users, they want to help you focus on learning more about the actual technology, perhaps helping you either ease into 3D printing or maybe even branch out into something new. Novices undeniably have plenty to learn, and those with more expertise can always use more information, often with just one new tip sparking off creative innovation.

So no matter your level of knowledge, anyone interested in 3D printing should check out the August 4th webinar being hosted by 3DPrint.com and Formlabs. During this latest free online video seminar, you’ll learn about ‘How to Choose the Right 3D Printing Technology – FDM vs SLA vs SLS.’ This is the second in our series of entertaining online education, and here you’ll be able to take a more in-depth look into why you may want to choose one technology over the other to begin with or to switch gears at any certain point.

You may be shopping for your first 3D printer or looking to try something new; perhaps you are slowly building a lab, and hoping to employ different hardware and materials, allowing you greater versatility. 3D printing is not a one-size-fits-all process unless you feel stuck with the 3D printer you purchased and are currently forced to make do with all you’ve got. There are many other outlets for trying new equipment, however, from public venues like the library or your university, as well as a variety of makerspaces and frequent events that allow for hands-on exposure.

Both functionality and aesthetics, as well as simple curiosity, are reasons for examining Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA or SL), and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). Price is generally part of the quotient as well. You may be wondering how you can most effectively achieve the best speed while 3D printing (always a common topic) or what method to use if you are actually trying to fabricate functional parts, or wanting to better understand processes that can sometimes be harrowing and complex—as well as great fun—like finishing.

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Formlabs will offer up different examples in usage and provide helpful guidelines for designing with each of the different technologies, as well as referring to a range of applications and actual cases. So take out a little time to learn something new, compare what might work for you better in 3D printing, and at the very least, walk away with some new terminology to lord over your friends.

How to sign up: There’s no reason to wait—you can register now (yes, it’s free!) in just a matter of minutes, and then mark your calendar for 1 p.m. EST on August 4, 2016. And if it turns out you can’t attend then, if you’ve registered, you will also receive an email with a full recording shortly after the event. Are you planning to watch? Let’s discuss over in the 3DPrint.com & Formlabs Webinar at 3DPrint.com.

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