FormLabs Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer

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FormLabs Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer
Owner/Loaner PS:One
Make/Model FormLabs Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer
Arrival Date June 2017
Usability yes
Contact CNC Area Host
Where CNC Shop
Authorization Needed yes
Hackable no
Estimated Value $2,000
Host Area CNC

FormLabs Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer Area: CNC


3D SLA Printer. Requires a proprietary resin, a short-lived tank, and a relatively longer-lived build plate to function. The requirement to buy your own tank and resin makes this printer less suitable as a first 3D printing experience for most members, though the printed parts have properties that may be desirable such as use as patterns for metal casting, transparency/translucency of some resin types, and comparatively high resolution and smoothness of printed parts. Compared to the PLA and ABS filament of PS1's other printers, the liquid resin is more difficult to handle, must be kept away from light when not in use, and is quite sticky. Cleanup and setup is significantly more difficult than with filament-based printers. Parts must be washed with alcohol in a two-step process, and benefit from being cured in a UV light environment. The proprietary software is free and downloadable (see below) but is fairly simple to use by someone with basic 3D printing experience. Parts are generally printed elevated away from the build plate and at an angle to the build plate, rather than flat on as they might be with an FDM (filament-based) printer. Support structure is added by the proprietary software.

  • Darker housing: premiumephyra, firmware 1.40, git: 157923
  • Lighter housing: sillyred,


  • 18-Feb-2019 Formlabs no longer supports the Form 1+ printer. Both PS1 printers work, and experimentation is ongoing to find alternate resins/settings/tanks to print with.
  • Currently, there are (2) Z-vat tanks http://www-zvatindustries-com at PS1. One is installed in premiumphyra.
  • The main limitation to new users is that both the tank and the resin are considered consumables, that you must provide for yourself. "One standard tank lasts for about 2 L of our resin. With a separate tank for each individual resin color, switching materials is as easy as sliding in a new tank."


  • You should familiarize yourself with the PreForm software and have some small parts that you've loaded into PreForm, available to print as your first parts.
  • Once you have secured the basic supplies, contact a member of the Danger Committee (see below), the CNC Area Host or a CNC area Volunteer Authorizer to become authorized.



Powering On Machine

  • Press and release the power button to turn the machine on.
  • Press and hold the power button for 3 seconds from the off state to display machine name and firmware version.
  • What is the IP address of each printer? -- There is not one. The machines are connected via USB.
  • Connect to the printer with a computer that has Preform installed, via a printer cable (USB printer cable)

Powering Off Machine

  • The machines will automatically go to sleep.

Material Safety & Information


Youtube links

Cleaning & Maintenance

List of Currently Certified Users

Qualified Member Trained By Date
Andrew Camardella Danger Committee
Kathryn Born Danger Committee
Aaron Feigan Danger Committee
Ashish Jasani Danger Committee
Anna Yu Danger Committee
Brian Chojnowski Andrew Sowa
Ray Doeksen Kathryn Born
Wessing Kathryn Born
Brian Barnt Kathryn Born 02/12/2019