Three young MIT alumni want to help anyone, anywhere, make anything. And to do so, they are bringing high-quality, low-cost printers to the world through their company, Formlabs.
A printer that can print a fully functional clock, a prosthetic limb, or even food sounds fantastical. But, in just a few years it has become reality. Initially used by engineers and architects to produce prototypes, 3-D printers are now being put to work to create a variety of finished products.
As these digital fabrication tools become more affordable, 3-D printing promises to revolutionize the way products are designed and manufactured. It’s no surprise that the MIT campus, with its strong maker culture, is a hotbed of 3-D innovation. Formlabs, a start-up founded by a trio of MIT Media Lab alums, is at the forefront of advancing this technology.