Begin Your Dentistry Learning Pathway


The resources in this course are curated to anticipate the questions you’ll have as you implement 3D printing into your workflow. Use this course to save time while gaining proficiency in all of the skills necessary throughout the entire print process. These skills include scanning and design, print preparation, printing, and post-processing.

Follow along step-by-step for thorough instruction, or select individual resources most relevant to your needs or learning style.



Build a Foundation

Step 1: Unboxing and Setup

Review this unboxing video before your Form 2 arrives. Become acquainted with the components in your printer and prepare to start printing.

Learn to:

  • Identify core printer components
  • Install your Resin Tank, Build Platform, and Resin Cartridge


Step 2: Dashboard Registration and Setup

In this video, you'll learn to configure a Dashboard account and 3D print more efficiently by tracking print progress, material consumption, order statuses, and more.

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Step 3: Introduction to PreForm

Practice using PreForm, Formlabs’ print preparation software, to increase print quality and success.

Learn to:

  • Navigate the PreForm 3D workspace
  • Locate and use core tools and menus
  • Prepare models for 3D printing and send them to your printer


Step 4: Optimizing Part Orientation

Increase print success and save time and material costs by gaining an intimate understanding of how part orientation impacts your prints.

Learn to:

  • Apply advanced support generation tools
  • Orient parts for print success and reliability


Step 5: Making Models Printable

Save time and avoid frustration during the file repair process by learning how to use powerful mesh repair tools in Autodesk Meshmixer.

Learn to address:

  • Missing faces
  • Zero thickness areas
  • Non-manifold meshes and more


Step 6: Post-Processing Basics

Maintain an effective post-processing workflow to save time and to ensure consistent results when finishing printed parts.

Learn to:

  • Remove printed parts using the build platform jig and the print removal tool
  • Agitate and soak prints in IPA to remove excess resin
  • Remove support structures using flush cutters
  • Post-cure parts when necessary or useful
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Step 7: The Digital Dentistry Workflow

In this webinar, Lee Culp CDT and Formlabs dental lead Gideon Balloch discuss how dental professionals are incorporating 3D printing into their workflows to provide better service while increasing profitability.

Learn to:

  • Identify effective applications for scanning and 3D printing within your practice or lab
  • Use 3D printers to improve the level of service and profitability of your business
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Understanding Formlabs Materials

Step 8: Learn to Choose the Right Materials

Gain a deeper understanding of the properties and functions of each Formlabs resin and learn which are best for your applications.

Learn to:

  • Identify the resins you will use most frequently
  • Understand the material properties of individual resins
  • Understand the printing and post-processing requirements of each resin you use
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Printing with Digital Dentures

Get an idea of what's involved in printing and preparing digital dentures with Formlabs Denture Base and Denture Teeth resins.

Learn about:

  • Best practices for preparing dentures
  • Fusing the base and teeth
  • Polishing and finishing steps
Digital Dentures Guide


Dental SG Resin and Surgical Guide Production

Learn the process of creating surgical guides with the Form 2. Learn more about the print, post-processing, and post-cure requirements for Formlabs Dental SG Resin.

Learn to:

  • Identify the technologies and materials required for digital surgical guide production
  • Improve clinical outcomes with proper use of 3D printed surgical guides
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Understanding Formlabs Materials

Application: Retainers and Aligners

In this post, Dr. Sean Holiday, DDS, MS, owner of Holiday Orthodontics, discusses how he used 3D printing to produce retainers and aligners in-house.

Learn to:

  • Understand the differences between traditional production and digital dentistry cost models
  • Create retainers and aligners with 3D printing and vacuum forming
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Application: Splints

Learn how to produce splints and understand the print, post-processing, and post-cure requirements for Formlabs Dental LT Clear Resin.

Learn to:

  • 3D print splints with Dental LT Clear Resin
  • Orient splints in PreForm to achieve the highest level of splint accuracy
  • Understand post-processing and biocompatibility
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Application: Dental Models

In this application guide, Dr. Michael Sherer, DMD, MS discusses his efforts to define and prove clinical accuracy of parts printed on the Form 2 in Formlabs Dental Model Resin.

Learn to:

  • Define accuracy needs for your dental models
  • Translate clinical benchmarks to print specifications
  • Print and post-process dental models on your Form 2
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Application: Digital Implantology and Surgical Guides

In this webinar, Formlabs dental lead Gideon Balloch joins Daniel Whitley, DDS and Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, PhD, FACP to discuss using intraoral scanners, desktop 3D printing, surgical guides, and the digital dentistry workflow.

Learn to:

  • Understand the history of digital dentistry
  • Identify applications for 3D printing in your current workflow
  • Spot current and future trends in digital dentistry
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Scale your Capacity

Manage Multiple 3D Printers

Learn the unique demands of managing multiple 3D printers to increase productivity while growing your 3D printing capacity.

Learn to:

  • Configure a multi-printer lab or workspace
  • Acquire and manage consumables and essential supplies
  • Understand the 3D printing process at scale
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