Formlabs updates print preparation software

Nov. 6, 2023
PreForm Version 3.31.2 automates print layout, orientation and supports, among other upgrades.

PreForm Formlabs’ software simplifies print preparation for a range of the company’s stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printers. The software allows users to tailor print performance with materials from Formlabs and third-party providers by customizing settings including layer height, resolution, heating and interlayer motion. The software can provide users with real-time feedback on part printability during setup, as well as build details like print time estimates, material usage and packing density to aid in resource planning. It is compatible with models in the STL, OBJ and 3MF formats.

What’s new? PreForm software Version 3.31.2, which was released in September. The update includes improved Nylon 12 default print settings, among other improvements.

Benefits Simplified print setup. PreForm has algorithms that automatically arrange the print’s layout, orientation and supports, so users don’t need extensive training to print successfully. The automatic 3D packing feature can maximize ROI on Fuse-series SLS printers, as parts are built to optimize use of space and material waste is minimized. Users can prepare the printer and start prints remotely, allowing for a flexible print schedule. PreForm is free to anyone with a compatible Formlabs printer, so users don’t need to worry about licenses or annual fees.

Formlabs Inc., Somerville, Mass., 617-702-8476, 

Vital Statistics
Compatible SLA printersForm 3BL, Form 3L, Form 3B/Form 3B+, Form 3/Form 3+ and Form 2
Compatible SLS printersFuse 1 and Fuse 1+
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