Now that you've received your Form 2 this guide will tell you how to set it up, run your first print, and finish the print using the finishing kit.
- Build Platform
- Resin Tank
- Leveling Tool
1. Connect Cables
Connect power cable to printer and power supply.
Files can be upload via USB, Wi-Fi, or ethernet. For USB, connect the printer to a nearby computer. For ethernet, connect the printer to an ethernet port.
CAUTION:Remove all packaging material before connecting power. Lift the cover to remove the protective shipping material from the resin tank carrier.
2. Connect to Wi-Fi (Optional)
To connect to Wi-Fi, touch “Wi-Fi” on the settings tab on the touchscreen, then select the name of the network you would like to connect to.
Enter the password for that Wi-Fi network using the onscreen keyboard.
3. Level Printer
If prompted, rotate the leveling tool to raise or lower each foot of your printer. Adjust each foot until the circle is aligned on the screen.
It is important that the printer sits level so resin does not overflow from the tank during printing.
4. Insert Resin Tank with Wiper
Remove the tank lid and align the four small feet of the resin tank with the corresponding holes in the tank carrier. Push forward into place with force.
5. Lock Wiper
Ensuring the wiper is straight, align the foot of the wiper with the corresponding hole and push forward, snapping it into place.
6. Insert Build Platform
Align the build platform with the platform carrier and push it into place, locking the handle down to secure.
7. Insert Resin Cartridge
Remove the orange plastic valve cover from the bottom of the cartridge. Leave the rubber valve in place. Align the cartridge with the opening in the back of the printer. Push down until it sits securely. Press open the vent cap cap, so that your resin tank fills correctly.
8. Install PreForm & Register to Dashboard
Visit formlabs.com/tools/preform to download the latest version of PreForm.
Open PreForm to see the build volume, which is inverted from the print orientation. Click through PreForm tools to explore basic functions for setting up your print.
Register each Form 2 to Dashboard to track prints online, monitor materials, and learn about printing: formlabs.com/dashboard.
9. Prepare File for Print
Open your STL or OBJ files. Most parts print better when supported at an angle. For automatic set-up, use PreForm tools to “orient all,” “generate all,” and “layout all.” PreForm will do these steps in sequence if you select “One-Click Print.”
Visit pinshape.com for 3D models.
Confirm your print's material and layer height, then click the orange print icon. Select which printer to upload the file to from the printer dialogue.
10. Confirm Print on Printer
You will see your file uploading to the print queue on your printer's touchscreen. Select the file name and confirm the print by pushing the button on your printer.
11. Pre-Print Checks
Before printing, the resin tank will fill and heat up to around 35° C. Once the tank is full, your print will automatically start.
Proceed to setting up your finish kit while your model is printing.
Store leftover resin in the resin tank for up to one month between prints.
12. Remove the Build Platform
When your print is finished, wear gloves to remove the build platform. Turn the platform over to prevent dripping while transferring to the finish kit. Make sure to close the printer cover.
CAUTION:Wear gloves when handling parts and surfaces with IPA or uncured resin.
13. Remove Your Print
Attach the build platform to the jig and slide the removal tool under the base of your prints to release the part. Use the removal tabs for easy entry points.
Clean the build platform to prepare for the next print. Store the resin and resin tank according to guidelines.
14. Wash Your Print
To automate the washing process, Form Wash agitates the alcohol bath and removes parts from the bath after a set time.
When using the Finish Kit, fill two rinse buckets with isopropyl alcohol (IPA). Keep the lids closed and keep out of the reach of children.
CAUTION:IPA is flammable. Review the SDS.
Drop your print in the rinse bucket and leave for 10 minutes. Agitate your part and repeat with the second rinse bucket. This two step process will help your IPA last longer.
15. Finish Your Print