Tracking Prints with Dashboard
Dashboard allows you to remotely monitor your Form 2 printers, track material usage, and explore past and future Formlabs purchases. To log in, click “Dashboard” at the top of formlabs.com, and then enter your e-mail address and password. The Dashboard serves as a control panel to monitor Form 2 activity.
By registering your Form 2 printer(s) to Dashboard you can:
- Remotely monitor print progress
- Review and download a record of previous print jobs
- Configure SMS or email notifications for events like prints started or finished
- Check which printers are available and ready to print
Adding Printers to Dashboard
Register the Form 2 to Dashboard through the touchscreen on the printer or through PreForm with a USB connection.
Register through the Form 2 touchscreen
With firmware version 1.4 and newer, connect a Form 2 to Dashboard by securing a personal registration code from the Form 2’s Settings menu and inputting the code in the Dashboard online.
- Ensure the Form 2 firmware is up to date.
- Access the Settings menu on the Form 2 touchscreen, then scroll down to find and open “Register to Dashboard.”
- Select “Register to Dashboard”.
- The touchscreen will display a custom registration code: a sequence of 4 alphanumeric characters, 0-9 and A-Z.
- Open Dashboard online at formlabs.com/dashboard. Input the code on the Dashboard home screen or by opening Settings and selecting “Register a Printer”.
- Confirm the printer's registration with the online Dashboard and the printer's touchscreen message.
Register through PreForm
Dashboard registration can also be completed through PreForm. This method initially requires a USB connection. Connect to your Form 2 directly by following the prompts from PreForm:
- To connect additional printers, use a USB cable to connect the Form 2 to a computer with the latest PreForm installed.
- From the File menu of PreForm, select “Printers,” then select the serial name of the Form 2 you would like to add to your Dashboard.
- Select “Advanced,” then click “Register” to enter your email address.
- Follow the email instructions to complete each printer's registration with Dashboard.
Your Dashboard account uses the same log-in credentials to access orders and saved addresses for the Form Store, as well as your newsletter and mailing preferences.
Tracking Print Progress
To display each printer's live status and print jobs, connect the Form 2 to the internet and enable Dashboard Logging from the “Settings” panel of the Form 2 touchscreen. For prints uploaded with a USB connection, the Form 2 requires a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection for Dashboard to monitor activity. For each registered printer, Dashboard displays print statistics for personal record keeping and managing the printer's activity. View the print progress bar to see the file name and print settings when a printer is actively printing.
Beyond tracking prints and print data, Dashboard’s Materials page tracks the resin cartridges and resin tanks that are associated with each printer. From the Materials tab, view the types of resin, number of prints, and quantity of liters printed for all printers associated with your account.
Resin Tank Heat Maps
Prolong the lifetime of each resin tank with the Resin Tank Heat Map. Tanks are consumables that typically last for 1-2 L of resin, depending on the material type and print settings. Certain areas can wear down more quickly based on part orientation and laser exposure. Dashboard includes a “heat map” for each resin tank that is connected to a registered printer. The resin tank’s heat map visualizes the most used and unused areas, providing objective data to help effectively lay out parts for future prints and decide when a tank is ready to be replaced.
Tank heat maps are updated after each print. A darker color means relatively more print layers printed at that point than other places on the tank. The color is not an absolute scale. Printing in less used (lighter colored) areas can extend the lifetime of tanks.
Tracking Resin Cartridge Usage
The Dashboard will also display the estimated resin remaining for each cartridge that’s been used with the printer; the cartridge’s estimated resin level is based on the amount of additional resin sensed by the tank with each dispense cycle. When a resin cartridge is running low, Dashboard includes the option to place an order for additional cartridges.
Shared Printer Management
Multiple users can register an individual Form 2 serial name to their individual dashboards; each user can also register multiple Form 2 serial names to their dashboard. Make the most of a Print Cell (a multiple printer operation) by connecting each Form 2 to a network and sharing access to printer statuses, print data, and material tracking. To share access, each printer user should register their preferred printers’ serial names directly through Dashboard. All registered users can customize notification settings for each individual printer, and print notes are shared across all registered users.
Printer and print data are shared beginning when a user registers and only during periods where the Form 2 is network-connected.
Accessing, Annotating, and Sorting Print Data
Dashboard offers various options for viewing the overall and individual print data. Use the Prints page to filter past prints based on user-rated success votes or search previous prints by the job name that was set in PreForm. Click on a specific print to see an enlarged render of the printed model and details about the print's start time and date, duration, resolution, layer count, and volume. For hands-on data manipulation, click “More” to take advantage of the “Download Data as CSV” option, which creates a .CSV file including all past prints that were uploaded during a network connection.
Use the Search option in Dashboard to search past prints by the uploaded file name or to find helpful tips for configuring and maintaining your printer.
To refer back to print results, record the success of each print through Dashboard and/or the printer touchscreen. When the print completes, use the touchscreen to indicate whether each print job was a “Success” or “Failure,” or use Dashboard to vote on the print quality. After selecting an individual print in Dashboard’s Print view, make notes to share with other printer registrant’s about the project or client, to describe the print quality, or to recommend changes for the next iteration of this file.
Providing Data Feedback to Formlabs
In order to view your print data on Dashboard, Dashboard Logging is automatically enabled from the “Settings” panel of the Form 2 touchscreen. Dashboard Logging grants you online access to your print times and volumes, resin types, and enables you to track the outcome of each print job. The 3D model geometries are kept securely on your computer or printer, and these will never be shared with Formlabs or outside parties.
Sharing data to Dashboard requires a separate permission from PreForm's data sharing option. Toggle PreForm's data collection setting from the PreForm menu bar by selecting “Help > Help Improve PreForm…” For specific details on data sharing and access, please visit formlabs.com/privacy.
Notifications and Preferences
Connecting each printer to Dashboard enables SMS or email notifications to notify you when a print is started, finished, or aborted. To configure your notification preferences, click on “Edit Notifications” or visit the Settings page. Enter your email and phone number, then select which types of notifications you would like to receive via email or text message. Notification Settings are automatically saved after each change. Use the bell icon in the top menu navigation or visit the Notifications page to access notifications through the web-based Dashboard.