Early Stage Prototyping for Formlabs

 
 

Early Stage Prototyping for Formlabs

Formlabs is a 3d printer company based in Somerville Massachusetts. The company was founded in 2011, is well known for raising nearly $3 million in a Kickstarter campaign, and creating a successful line of 3D printers. The company was recently valued at over one billion dollars, making it one of the few hardware unicorns.

Before Formlabs became the company it is today, it was a hardware prototype capable of demonstrating low cost 3d printing with high quality. I worked with the founders or Formlabs to create a mechanical prototype for the Form 1, complete with first surface mirror, and a custom mechanism for separating each layer of the print.

The end result of this effort was seed funding, which was followed by multiple rounds of investments and successful product launches. My contributions during this time where mainly mechanical, sourcing components as well as designing and fabricating an assembly rigid enough to print 3d structure with lasers and resin.