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Connecting Your Form 2

Before beginning, make sure you have received your Form 2 and installed PreForm.

The Form 2 can connect directly to a computer with the included USB cable. For remote uploading and monitoring, the Form 2 supports both wired (Ethernet) and wireless (Wi-Fi) connections; PreForm print preparation software must be connected to the same local-area network (LAN) as the printer in order to send a print job. For a Windows operating system, after installing PreForm, check to ensure that Bonjour is properly installed; this is required to connect over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The USB connection can still be used while the Form 2 is connected to a LAN.

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When the Form 2 is connected to a LAN, its current status and print progress can be monitored with Dashboard.

There are three options for connecting a computer to the Form 2 for printing:

Plug in your Form 2 3D printer to USB or Ethernet

1. USB

Use the included USB cable for connecting a computer directly to the printer. Plug one end of the USB cable into the back of the Form 2, and connect the other end to a computer’s USB port.

2. Ethernet

The rear of the unit is equipped with a RJ-45 Ethernet (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) LAN Port. Use a shielded CAT-5 Ethernet cable to connect the printer to a local network. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the back of the Form 2, and connect the other end to your LAN.

3. Wi-Fi (Beta)

The Form 2’s built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) supports WEP and WPA security. Use the Form 2’s touchscreen to configure a wireless network connection. The Form 2's Wi-Fi feature does not support 5 GHz connections.

Manual IP Configuration

When connected to an active Ethernet connection or available Wi-Fi network, the Form 2 can be configured with a static IP address.

With an established Ethernet or available Wi-Fi connection, open the printer's Settings menu on the touchscreen. For Wi-Fi networks, select Wi-Fi, then the desired wireless network. For Ethernet connections, simply open Ethernet from the Settings menu. Toggle the Manual IP settings to “ON” and input the appropriate IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, and Name Server.

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