Find the basics for getting started with 3D printing, and explore reference content from concept designers, animators, sculptors, prop and set designers, and other artists.
Follow along step-by-step for thorough instruction, or select individual resources most relevant to your needs or learning style.
Build a Foundation
Step 4: 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 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.
- Apply advanced support generation tools
- Orient parts for print success and reliability
Design for 3D Printing
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
Learn about Formlabs Materials
Learn in Context
The Visual Effects Behind “Stranger Things'” Monster
Physical models only a few inches tall often do more to communicate a concept to a director than any number of renderings or concept meetings could. See how Aaron Sims used a hybrid visual effects strategy involving 3D printing during the making of Stranger Things.
- Identify when and why 3D printing your designs might be valuable
- Evolve your iterative design process