Frequently Asked Questions

What is 3D printing?

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a method for fabricating a physical object from a digital model. Whereas traditional “subtractive manufacturing” cuts material away from a solid piece of material (i.e. wood carving or metal machining) to create an object, 3D printing adds layer upon layer of material to gradually build an object. For a simple visualization, imagine placing successive circular sheets of paper on top of one another until the stack becomes a three dimensional cylinder.

Why is the Form 2 better than other 3D printers?

The Form 2 is a high-resolution desktop machine that matches the print quality of large, industrial printers at a far lower cost. The Form 2 uses stereolithography (SLA) technology to achieve a professional print quality that plastic extrusion printers just can’t match. Stereolithography is the gold standard for accuracy and resolution in 3D printing. Our custom PreForm software and single button interface make the entire print experience simple, intuitive, and enjoyable. Learn more about the Form 2 printer.

What is the shelf-life of the resin?

Our bottled resin has a shelf life of at least one year. You can leave unused resin in the resin tank for as many as two months, which means you won’t have to waste any material.

How can I store the resin?

You can reuse resin that is in your tank after a print, but it should not be returned to the bottle to avoid potential contamination. Outside of the printer or bottle, resin can be stored in the orange resin tank with the lid on.

Can the resin be burnt-out, for lost-wax casting?

Our Castable Resin was developed specifically for investment casting. The material burns out cleanly with very low shrinkage. Parts printed on the Form 1+ must be post-cured before casting. Please follow our recommended burnout schedule when working with this material for optimal results.

How many parts can I print with 1 bottle of resin?

Depending on your print size, 1 liter of resin can print various quantities of models. For example, our standard rook measures 53 mm tall and uses about 11 cubic centimeters (or 11 mL) of resin. One liter of resin could produce about 90 rooks! Our PreForm print preparation software will tell you how much resin the model you are printing will use before your start each print.

What software do I need to operate a Formlabs printer?

Formlabs’ custom built PreForm software makes setting up and creating your print simple and intuitive. After importing an .STL or .OBJ file, you can scale, rotate, duplicate and align the model, then use our one click button to print. Learn more about PreForm.

What are the minimum computer hardware requirements to run the software and print?

Any computer hardware you can use for 3D CAD should be more than sufficient. PreForm is supported on computers operating Windows 7 or higher and Mac OSX 10.7 or higher.

How much does PreForm Software cost?

Any computer hardware you can use for 3D CAD should be more than sufficient. PreForm is supported on computers operating Windows 7 or higher and Mac OSX 10.7 or higher.

How fast does the Form 2 print?

PreForm is available free for download. Periodic software updates are also free and include new features as well as performance improvements.

What post processing is required?

SLA technology requires minimal post processing. With each printer, Formlabs includes the basic equipment for finishing your prints in the Finish Kit. Learn more about how to finish prints with our detailed post processing steps.

What do you recommend for UV curing after printing?

Depending on the type of material and the intended use, some prints benefit from or require an additional UV cure cycle. Learn more about post-print UV curing from our in-depth research.

How much is freight?

Freight is a flat rate of $10 for small items and $100 for larger items ex GST ,
there is no free freight for a larger amount of items purchase.

Does DDD Printers offer any discounts?

The Formlabs printers are the lowest priced professional stereolithography printers on the market. We do not offer discounts for printers or accessories.

How much is GST?

GST in New Zealand is 15%.