Begin Your Engineering Learning Pathway
Learn how to apply your design and product development skills to 3D printing. Review concepts such as design and tolerances for 3D printing, creating parts with threading and snap fits, and curing parts to optimize mechanical and physical properties.
Follow along step-by-step for thorough instruction, or pick and choose individual resources most relevant to your needs or learning style.
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.
- 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.Learn More
Step 3: Introduction to PreForm
Practice using PreForm, Formlabs’ print preparation software, to increase print quality and success.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (not necessary with Castable Wax Resin)
3D Printing Design Requirements
Learn guidelines for designing for 3D printing to ensure a higher level of print success.
Learn to account for:
- Overhangs and bridges
- Minimum wall thicknesses
- Minimum vertical wire diameters
- Embossed details, clearance distances, and more
Adding Threads to 3D Printed Parts
Create functional prototypes that can be fastened and unfastened by adding screw threads to 3D printed parts.
Learn to use:
- Screw-to-expand and glue-in heat-set inserts
- Nuts in 3D printed sockets
- Thread cutting plastic screws and more
Engineering Fit and 3D Printing
Optimize the functionality of mechanical assemblies by mastering tolerance and fit with 3D printed parts.
- Choose the appropriate fit for different types of functional 3D printed assemblies
- Account for friction and lubrication
- Incorporate machining and boring
3D Printed Snap-Fit Enclosures
Design and print custom snap-fit enclosures using any parametric or solid modeling tool in five easy steps.
- Design snap features for use with Formlabs Tough Resin
- Understand 3D printing tolerances
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.
- 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
Material Guide: Tough Resin
Learn to print parts in Tough Resin for prototyping strong, functional parts and assemblies that will undergo brief periods of stress or strain.
- Choose suitable applications for Tough Resin
- Print successfully with Tough Resin
- Post-process and post-cure Tough Resin
Material Guide: Rigid Resin
Learn to use glass-reinforced Rigid Resin to produce parts requiring high stiffness, resistance to deformation, and a polished finish.
- Choose suitable applications for Rigid Resin
- Print successfully with Rigid Resin
- Post-process and post-cure Rigid Resin
Material Guide: Durable Resin
Learn to use Durable Resin to print parts with a smooth, glossy finish and high resistance to deformation.
- Choose suitable applications for Durable Resin
- Print successfully with Durable Resin
- Post-process and post-cure Durable Resin
Material Guide: Flexible Resin
Learn to use Flexible Resin to print parts that bend and compress, simulate soft-touch materials, and more.
- Choose suitable applications for Flexible Resin
- Print successfully with Flexible Resin
- Post-process and post-cure Flexible Resin
Material Guide: High Temp Resin
Learn to use High Temp Resin to print models for environmental testing, or create molds and masters for production processes like casting and thermoforming.
- Choose suitable applications for High Temp Resin
- Print successfully with High Temp Resin
- Post-process and post-cure High Temp Resin
Material Guide: Grey Pro Resin
Learn to use Grey Pro Resin to print high precision concept models and functional prototypes, or for parts that will be handled repeatedly.
- Choose suitable applications for Grey Pro Resin
- Print successfully with Grey Pro Resin
- Post-process and post-cure Grey Pro Resin
Prototyping in Engineering Resins
Read an overview of the six essential mechanical properties to consider when choosing a Formlabs Engineering Resin for prototyping.
- Compare mechanical properties of Formlabs resins
- Make informed choices when choosing prototyping resins
Confidently design and print looks-like, works-like prototypes using multiple resin types.
- Multiple Formlabs Engineering Resins can be incorporate into a single design
Manage Multiple 3D Printers
Learn the unique demands of managing multiple 3D printers to increase productivity while growing your 3D printing capacity.
- Configure a multi-printer lab or workspace
- Acquire and manage consumables and essential supplies
- Understand the 3D printing process at scale