Documentation

Formware 3D comes with an extensive documentation. You can find it inside the program but also here on the left. Click a topic to read more about the functionality.

Video tutorials

Below an overview of our current tutorials. It starts from basic to more advanced functionality. We are working on more tutorials.
















Interface Layout

Basic vs Advanced interface

As of version 1.0.3.0 you have the option to use a simplified interface with limited commands called the basic interface. The basic interface has a configurable toolbelt which can contain any command. The order of commands in the toolbelt can be used to define your workflow using the software. If you wish to have all functionality available in the menu/toolbar you can choose the advanced interface. You can setup the type of interface and toolbelt in the configuration at any time.

Bottom status bar

The bottom status bar might give you some hints. Most often it shows you import/export of files progress.

Machine panel

The top panel on the right side is the machine panel. Here you select your machine and print profile. The machine sets your build platform and the print profile sets your layer thickness. In this panel you see as well the total volume, number of layers and time estimate. For DLP based printers the time estimate is a calculation based on axis speed and exposure time. For SLA/Inkjet it's a multiplication of layers with the 'average layer time' from the print profile.

Menubar

The top of the program contains the menu bar. The menu bar contains all tools available to you during normal operation. Some of the menu items also have keyboard shortcuts. These are displayed in the menu item..

Parts panel

The second panel is the parts panel. The parts panel has the following columns:

  • The eye symbol toggle visiblity
  • The binoculars focus on this part only. Clicking them again removes focus.
  • The colored circle changes the color of the part for display
  • If the part has errors in the mesh a yellow exclamation mark is shown on the last column
Additionally if you click the + sign next to an item you expand the tree and see:
  • Mesh parts: one or multiple disjoint geometries inside this part
  • Supports: support your part during printing
  • Infills: for example a lattice infill for hollowed objects
  • Drainage holes/plugs: to allows access resin/material to flow out hollow area's during printing

Slice bar

The slice bar in the 3d view allows you to see the cross sections of your prepared slice job. Drag the bar to view a cross section. It can be configured to have 1 or 2 handles. Depending on the dots the view is clipped differently allowing individual preference. 2 Handles might be handy during supporting when you would like the lower part of your model to be clipped. 1 Handle might be easier to simulate the print job and view the resulting cross sections.

Support profile

The next panel is the support profile panel. This panel shows the active support profile in use. A support profile contains the auto generation settings and teh manual support settings. Click 'edit all' to go into the configuration to edit the support profiles.

Tool Belt

Below teh parts panel you find the tool belt. This is a quick access bar with your prefered commands. You can configure the commands shown here in the configuration.

Toolbar

Below the menu bar the toolbar is located. All the tools from the menu are also located in the toolbar if you find this easier to use. When you hover over the toolbar items you see their description popup. When you enter different modes in the program (like supporting mode) you (de)activate different toolbar buttons.

Toolbox

The box on the bottom right is the toolbox. Every time you do something the tool shows up here. This can be anything from details of a selected item to a mesh operation. In the settings there is also an option to automatically collapse the machine/parts panel when going into a tool. This makes room in your interface but can be turned of. The toolbox responds in general to ESC and Enter. ESC is usually cancelling an operation or if no operation is running closing the tool. Enter is usually Apply.