A Quick Guide to Formlabs PreForm Software

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What is Formlabs PreForm Software, and what does it do? This article provides an introduction to Formlabs’ slicing software.

Formlabs Preform Software is proprietary slicing software for Formlabs 3D printers, meaning you need a Formlabs printer to use it.

PreForm takes your 3D model file and slices it into the universal language of 3D printers, G-code. All you need to do is design your model in standard CAD software, then import the STL or OBJ file into PreForm and it will do the rest.

Built for Formlabs

Unlike open-source slicing programs that are geared for FFF 3D printers, PreForm is designed specifically for SLA (Stereolithography), LFS (Light Force Stereolithography) and SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), supporting Formlabs 3D printers only.

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Supported printers are as follows:

  • Fuse 1 (SLS)
  • Form 2 (SLA)
  • Form 3 and Form 3L (LFS)
  • Form 3B and Form 3BL (LFS)

If you own a Formlabs printer, you should always use PreForm. Third-party software exists but PreForm is the only software built for Formlabs.

Fast, reliable printing in one click

When you upload an STL or OBJ file into PreForm, it’s already connected to your Formlabs printer, so it knows what you want to do. It slices your model for your printer, automating layout, orientation, and supports, so all you need to do is press print.

The ease of use is incredible. From slice to print, you can be done in minutes. You can schedule prints in PreForm and manage your printers. PreForm allows the management of more than one printer and connects them together.

Advanced monitoring and insight

PreForm monitors prints and material usable in real-time, giving you comprehensive insights into your activity. You can compare printer performance and manage inventory easily, with a clear readout for resin tanks and consumables.

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You can also enable SMS alerts and email notifications, so you are notified when prints reach a milestone, such as 50% completed or 80% there. You can queue prints, scale in your team and access PreForm anywhere remotely.

Word-class integrations

PreForm integrates with many CAD systems, allowing you to send CAD designs to PreForm with one click or import directly into PreForm. Integrations include Solidworks, Rhino, Onshape, 3Shape, NetFabb and Fusion 360.

You can also export directly to ERP and MES systems, giving you a way to integrate PreForm into your business’s systems seamlessly. For example, you can integrate PreForm with your ERP system to schedule manufacturing output.

Getting started with Formlabs Preform

To find out more about Formlabs PreForm, call us on 01765 694 007, send us an email at sales@additive-x.com, or book a discovery call with one of our Formlabs specialists, Elaine Rutledge or Tammy O’Neill.

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