The FormLabs resin printing tools

The Form 3 printer and its accessories

The Form 3 is a resin-based 3D printer that can produce very high-resolution prints. It is especially good for printing detailed anatomical models, creating molds, prototyping devices where high precision is required, and other applications. The printer uses a liquid resin instead of the plastic filament used by the FDM printers. It has a build volume of 145 × 145 × 185 mm.


The FormLabs printing tools

  • The Form 3 printer
  • The Form Wash
  • The Form Cure

Materials needed

  • Printer resin
  • Isopropyl alcohol (IPA)

Printing with the Form 3: The basics

Preparing the file

  • Export or download your model as an STL or OBJ file.
  • Open the file in PreForm (installed on our computers).
  • Adjust the settings to your preferences
    • Choose the layer thickness (thinner layers will take longer but look smoother).
    • You can use one-click print, or you can manually adjust the settings.
    • Check the "printability" sidebar for warnings about whether your print will fail.
  • Send file to the Form 3 over USB, Ethernet, WiFi, or Remote Print upload.

Get ready to print

  • Make sure that the build platform, resin cartridge, and resin tank are prepared properly. Follow the onscreen warnings to help with this.
  • Press print


  • Use the Form Wash to rinse your print in isopropyl alcohol (IPA).
  • Remove the supports and cure the object in the Form Cure.
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2020 4:55 PM