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.

Build a Foundation

Step 1: Unboxing

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

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: SLA 3D Printing and the Form 2

Watch this short video to learn about stereolithography (SLA)–the technology behind the Form 2.

Learn to:

  • Understand how SLA 3D printing works
  • Understand the inner working of your Form 2

Step 4: 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 5: 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 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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Design for 3D Printing

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

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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

 

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

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Engineering Fit and 3D Printing

Optimize the functionality of mechanical assemblies by mastering tolerance and fit with 3D printed parts.

Learn to:

  • Choose the appropriate fit for different types of functional 3D printed assemblies
  • Account for friction and lubrication
  • Incorporate machining and boring

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3D Printed Snap-Fit Enclosures

Design and print custom snap-fit enclosures using any parametric or solid modeling tool in five easy steps.

Learn to:

  • Design snap features for use with Formlabs Tough Resin
  • Understand 3D printing tolerances

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Learn about Formlabs Materials

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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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.

Learn to:

  • Choose suitable applications for Tough Resin
  • Print successfully with Tough Resin
  • Post-process and post-cure Tough Resin

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Material Guide: Rigid Resin

Learn to use glass-reinforced Rigid Resin to produce parts requiring high stiffness, resistance to deformation, and a polished finish.

Learn to:

  • Choose suitable applications for Rigid Resin
  • Print successfully with Rigid Resin
  • Post-process and post-cure Rigid Resin

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Material Guide: Durable Resin

Learn to use Durable Resin to print parts with a smooth, glossy finish and high resistance to deformation.

Learn to:

  • Choose suitable applications for Durable Resin
  • Print successfully with Durable Resin
  • Post-process and post-cure Durable Resin

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Material Guide: Flexible Resin

Learn to use Flexible Resin to print parts that bend and compress, simulate soft-touch materials, and more.

Learn to:

  • Choose suitable applications for Flexible Resin
  • Print successfully with Flexible Resin
  • Post-process and post-cure Flexible Resin

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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.

Learn to:

  • Choose suitable applications for High Temp Resin
  • Print successfully with High Temp Resin
  • Post-process and post-cure High Temp Resin

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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.

Learn to:

  • Choose suitable applications for Grey Pro Resin
  • Print successfully with Grey Pro Resin
  • Post-process and post-cure Grey Pro Resin

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Prototyping in Engineering Resins

Read an overview of the six essential mechanical properties to consider when choosing a Formlabs Engineering Resin for prototyping.

Learn to:

  • Compare mechanical properties of Formlabs resins
  • Make informed choices when choosing prototyping resins

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Multi-Material Prototypes

Confidently design and print looks-like, works-like prototypes using multiple resin types.

Learn how:

  • Multiple Formlabs Engineering Resins can be incorporate into a single design

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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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