Begin Your Manufacturing Learning Pathway
Find opportunities to use 3D printing to reduce costs and lead times in manufacturing–from small-batch production to tackling inefficiencies on the production line.
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.
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 or useful
Step 7: 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
Jigs and Fixtures
Read this guide to understand the basics of designing jigs and fixtures with 3D printing, and the opportunities for reducing costs and cycle times.
- Design mechanisms for locating, supporting, fixtures, and clamping
- Take advantage of 3D printing’s design freedom to build better jigs and fixtures
- Leverage the unique benefits of 3D printing materials in manufacturing
Reducing Costs in Manufacturing with 3D Printing
Learn how Pankl Racing Systems employed 3D printing to rapidly manufacture hundreds of custom jigs for a fraction of the cost and lead time of outsourcing.
- How Pankl uses 3D printed parts directly on their production line to drastically reduce costs and lead times
- How parts printed in Formlabs Engineering Resins fulfilled the requirements of Pankl’s demanding manufacturing environment
Making Molds with 3D Printing
Learn to speed up prototyping, save money, and help bring products to market faster by combining 3D printing and moldmaking in this webinar.
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of current mold production techniques
- Apply the basics of mold design to 3D printed molds
Agile Manufacturing at RightHand Robotics
Watch this short video to learn how RightHand Robotics uses the Form 2 to improve their products with agile manufacturing.
- The benefits of a flexible design and production process
- How Righthand Robotics uses 3D printing to create molds for casting final materials
Look Inside Formlabs Manufacturing Processes
Watch this webinar to learn how we use our own desktop 3D printers in production, from prototyping for manufacturability to printing functioning end-use parts used on the line.
- Use 3D printing to reduce prototyping costs and delays in manufacturing
- Create agile manufacturing conditions
- Change designs as needed during the production process
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