PreForm Update 0.8.3

Posted on August 05, 2013 by Sam Jacoby


New print-time estimator in the Info Bar panel. Hourglass model by Taavi Simson via GrabCad.

We’re shipping more printers every week — but that doesn’t mean we’re neglecting our software. Our earliest users have been putting the Form 1 through its paces, and in our latest PreForm update, we're working to keep up with them! PreForm 0.8.3 rolls out a suite of refinements, fixes, and new features to get you printing better.

Many of you have requested a PreForm print-time estimator — and we’ve added one. You’ll see the new clock icon under the Info Bar setting, which will allow you to get an estimated print-time of your model at different scales and layer-heights.

Bundled into PreForm 0.8.3 are also some substantial features that will allow us to solve problems more quickly. PreForm has access to settings stored within the Form 1 itself and it can automatically manage firmware updates. This allows us to deploy new features and fixes directly to your Form 1. With PreForm 0.8.3, you’ll receive a new firmware update that allows your Form 1 to send diagnostic and performance information back to your computer.

Knowing how effectively your Form 1 is functioning is critical for us in improving its performance, and correspondingly, PreForm 0.8.3 now also includes an opt-in data-collection feature, which allows us to collect errors and information useful for improving the Form 1 and the PreForm software.

We hope you’ll be willing to share with us and we’ve updated our privacy policy to reflect this new, vital tool. Our community is growing fast, so we hope you’ll be willing to help in these early days, and usher in a new chapter in professional 3D printing.

We know that many of you are waiting eagerly for the OS X version of PreForm. We are very close, with some final details to square away. We'll let you know the moment it's ready. 

PreForm 0.8.3 

- Software print-time estimator
- Optional data collection for Form 1 and PreForm performance feedback
- Improved laser tracking
- Improved faceplant tool functionality
- Firmware update for Form 1, improving analytics for calibration
- Improved material configurations for better print performance
- Improved dimensional accuracy
- A variety of bugfixes and tweaks

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Posted on August 06 2013 at 07:08 PM by Ben

Good to see screenshots and hear about OSX version.

Posted on August 07 2013 at 08:08 AM by Lo

Good! Keep going

Posted on August 08 2013 at 02:08 PM by Thomas

Great! :) Thank you! :)

Posted on August 08 2013 at 10:08 PM by cycollins

If some of the kick-starter folks who are getting printers would post as they arrive (along with your order number), it would help all of us, who are eagerly waiting and would like a vague sense of over-all shipping progress. And a thumbs-up for all the software advancements.

Posted on August 09 2013 at 08:08 AM by Greenlaw

Yes, thank you! Really looking forward to running with this update today.

Posted on August 12 2013 at 10:08 AM by Chris

I love how you guys handled to in/mm issue. Bravo!

Posted on August 14 2013 at 10:08 PM by Andy Hudson


I posted details of my order on the “How many have shipped” forum today. My printer is at the Fed Ex Depot in San Diego as of 15 minutes ago!

-Andy Hudson

Posted on August 17 2013 at 04:08 PM by fabien

Thanks guys for this update!

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