Slashdot visited the Formlabs CES display in 2013
. Tim looked at their Stereolithgraphy 3-D printer again this year. The company
is now boasting about their PreForm 1.0 software
, and not as much about their hardware, which was their main focus last year. Another important difference was that at CES 2013 they couldn't talk about sales because they hadn't sold any units yet, but now they claim they've sold over 1000. And the last major problem they faced was a patent infringement suit, which seems to be settled (or nearly so). According to this Oct. 2013 article
, it's doubtful that Formlabs would have been able to raise $2.95 million through Kickstarter
, followed by another $19 million from traditional venture capitalists, if the lawsuit wasn't close to settlement -- which may not matter much in the long run, since many key patents in the field
have either expired or are due to expire between now and 2015.