CES 2019 kicks off today, running from January 8th to 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s the biggest technology show of the year, and it covers a broad range of applications in the tech industry, but 3D printing is more closely tied to more of those applications than most people realize.
“Of the more than 4,000 CES exhibitors, 3D printing was likely part of the ideation, development or manufacturing for more than 90% of them,” said Max Lobovsky, Co-Founder and CEO of Formlabs. “3D printing continues to be one of the most important tools for anyone making anything. Time and time again we hear about the importance of seeing a product or project physically vs. digitally, which is why this year we’re showing workflows from end-to-end. Whether you’re creating a creature, or introducing personalization to your product line, it helps to bring that process to life for an audience at CES.”
Formlabs releases new 3D printing materials on a regular basis, and kicked off 2018 by introducing two new resins at CES 2018. Last year also saw the introduction of a ceramic resin, a castable wax resin and a reformulated high temperature resin. Now the company is starting 2019 in the same way – by showcasing three new 3D printing resins at CES.
Elastic Resin is Formlabs’ softest Engineering Resin, with a 50A Shore durometer. It is designed for the prototyping of silicone parts that need to bend, stretch, compress and withstand repeated cycling without tearing. The other new resins are called the Digital Dentures resins and consist of Denture Base Resin and Denture Teeth Resin, both developed for the direct 3D printing of dental prosthetics.
Formlabs will have a lot more than new materials to showcase at its CES booth this year. There will be live demos from creature designers such as Jared Krichevsky, who uses Formlabs’ Form 2 3D printer in his work.
“When you hold a print in your hand, you are looking at it, you are feeling the weight with your hands, you can feel the texture with your fingertips, the light is coming from the world, and it is all real,” Krichevsky said in an interview with Formlabs. “There is something magical that happens when you are really holding a print and you get to examine it from all angles. Even prints that you’ve already printed out, you’ll want to pick up again and hold them again and again because you’re like, I made this.”
Formlabs will also be presenting its recent partnership with Gillette, in which the two companies worked together to develop Razor Maker, a platform that allows customers to create their own personalized 3D printed razors. Finally, CES attendees who stop by Formlabs’ booth will also get to see a print farm in action. More than 40 Form 2 3D printers will be set up and printing. If you’ll be attending CES, you can stop by and visit Formlabs at LVCC, South Hall, Upper Level, Booth #31517.
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