Formlabs user here. I’ve got a Form 3L on order, but recently got to see some small prints (test cubes) off a Phenom L. It got me thinking about canceling and ordering that printer instead.
Any converts here who care to share their experiences switching from Formlabs to Peopoly? (e.g. Form 2 to Phenom?)
I do a lot of engineering-type prints (jigs / fixtures / brackets, snap fit, electronics enclosures, etc) and also moving parts (e.g. toy car). Most of the samples I’ve seen are sculpted (masks, figurines, etc) and I’m curious what kind of dimensional accuracy you’re getting with the Phenom L.
- Can folks here who regularly take their calipers to print features share their results?
- What’s accuracy like in the plane of the platform, and along the height of prints?
- What kind of imperfections most commonly show up in prints? (Defects, cosmetic, scuffing, shift lines, warping, etc).
- How is the detail on the Phenom L compared to the Phenom (which has a slighly smaller pixel pitch)?
- Is it a pain cleaning resin off the back of the platform?
- How wide a variety of material types is available (and work) compared to Formlabs? e.g. My favorite resins are black, clear, rigid (glass-infused), durable (great for low-friction), flex/elastic, tough.
- Comments on maintenance? (I know LCD’s are consumables and have been reading about replacing them as well as modifications suggested to avoid damage in unsupported areas)
- How’s customer support when something goes wrong?
- Any other practical differences I might be forgetting about? (e.g. having to refill vat periodically)
I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on all aspects of Phenom L printing - strengths, weaknesses, pain points / frustrations, etc.