CNET First Look
The Formlabs Form 2 is more than an expensive 3D printerCNET editor Dong Ngo has something unique to print and he chooses the Formlabs Form 2 3D printer for the task. Find out if he's happy with his choice.
Hi, guys. This is the Form 2 from Formlabs. Now this one is the stereolithography 3D printer and that means it has this print platform on top here that goes down to the resin tank here and pull up a three object. Now that is a very long process. The chess piece set right here for example, took some 20 hours to finish. But, it's worth the wait because the printer can actually make very, very high quality objects as you can see here. Now the resin is very stick as you can see and that means the object needs to be cleaned with alcohol before you can use them. The good news is that the printer comes with this finish kit. Right here for that. And me. I have no problem with alcohol at all. Okay. Maybe a little bit. Now apart from chess pieces the printer can print other things too like larger chess pieces. I like my queen extra large please. Or this small little butterfly right here. Basically any object of size 5.7 by 5.7 by 6.9 inches. The larger, the longer it takes to print. Now as you have seen the print platform is removable, what you haven't seen however is the fact that the resin tank here is also removable And the resin cartridge right here is very easy to replace, and that means you can switch material without having to clean anything at all. Remember though, only one free platform, one cartridge And one [UNKNOWN] tanks are included with the printer. Now the printer is very easy to use. The [UNKNOWN] to make it level. Now it has four adjustable feet, so it's kind of tricky to make it stay level and stable at the same time. But even if you are clumsy it will not take you more than half an hour to get the printer here up and running. It took me no more than five minutes. Now, the front touch screen here, really helped. Now, the printer here can work via USB or network. Both Wi and Wi-Fi are supported. It worked really well in my testing. No hiccups at all, not even one single failed print within two weeks that I used it. But before you get too excited, it has one huge drawback, the price. Now the printer itself costs some $3,500 and any extra cartridge like this one right here Will cost you another $150 to $300 depending on the color or the type of material. So obviously it's much cheaper to buy stuff ready made at the store, but if you have something very unique to make, which is why you should get a 3D printer to begin with, this [UNKNOWN] here will make it worth your hard earned money. And by the way, if you're wondering what I have to say about chess playing, well not much really. There's only one thing which is the only thing I say at the very end of each match I play and that is checkmate. And that's because I'm **** Ngo, this has been the first look at the Form 2 3D printer from Form Labs.