Formlabs Form 3 and Form 3B

Form 3 & Form 3B Information

The Form 3 and Form 3B are our standard SLA 3D printers. They use Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) technology to reduce peel forces and improve the surface finish of printed parts.

The Form 3 and Form 3B are only operated by MakerSpace staff, so there is no training for this machine. Users who need to use these machines for their project must fill out a request form. Please note that there is a 48 hour time limit for prints, and we are now requiring all users to pay for their print ahead of time. See below for more details on the submission guidelines and paying for your print. Due to these changes, all users must slice their prints in PreForm ahead of time so that you know your approximate print time and print cost.

To learn more about the Form 3 or Form 3B, or if you have any questions, please email

If you are a Tandon research student and would like to request an exception for the 48 hour time limit or an expedited print, please email with a detailed description of the research need and your request.
  • You must be an active NYU student, faculty, or staff to request a 3D print.
  • You must have finished our Safety and Orientation training to request a print.
  • Printing is subject to MakerSpace TA availability.
  • You must set up your print in PreForm ahead of time to estimate print time and material cost, links to the Formlabs documentation can be found here
  • Files provided must be in .stl format. For more information on how to create an STL file, see the Resources tab.
  • Prints must be paid for before the print will be started, this means you must come in to the MakerSpace to pay with cash OR provide approval to charge your campus cash OR provide a chartfield for payment.
  • Omission or restriction of support material to certain surfaces must be specified in the submission form.
  • In accordance with NYU guidelines, users may not use the machines in the Makerspace to create weapons or drug/smoking paraphernalia of any kind.
  • Continued misuse of the machines may result in revoked access to the MakerSpace.
  • Prints will NOT be kept longer than 4 weeks.

Additional Notes

  • Elastic resin print resolution must be 100 microns.
  • Resin expands during curing process and may be subject to warping.
  • More information on each resin can be found below.
All material changes, uncured resin handling, starting prints, removing prints, and handling of isopropyl alcohol will be safely done by the MakerSpace staff. Resin Safety Data Sheets are available on Formlabs website and in the MakerSpace.

Build Volume

  • 145 x 145 x 185mm
  • (5.7 x 5.7 x 7.3 inches)

Print Resolution

25, 50, or 100 microns depending on resin type. More information can be found in the Print Materials and Pricing tab.


The MakerSpace accepts cash, department chartfield, and campus cash as payment forms. The cost of the print is determined by the volume of material being used. You can estimate the cost of the print by downloading Preform, the Form3 slicing software, to determine the volume of material your print will require.

Resins Offered

Clear Standard Resin: $0.15/mL

The MakerSpace offers clear Formlabs standard resin. This resin is great for fluidics, mold making, optics, lighting, and any parts requiring translucency. This resin best mimics polycarbonate material properties once cured. The resolution for this resin is 25, 50, or 100 microns.

Elastic Resin: $0.20/mL

Formlabs' Elastic 50A resin is for soft, flexible prototypes that require high elongation and high energy return. It can also withstand repeated cycles without tearing. This resin best mimics silicone once cured. The resolution for this resin is 100 microns.

High Temp Resin: $0.20/mL

With a heat deflection temperature (HDT) of 238 °C @ 0.45 MPa, this resin is best used in applications where high temperatures are necessary. Applications include thermoforming, vulcanization, and electronics encapsulations. The resolution for this resin can be 25, 50, or 100 microns.

Dental Resin: $0.40/mL

Formlabs Dental LT Clear Resin produces strong, accurate, biocompatible parts ideal for dental splints, retainers, and similar applications, and is specifically designed to work with your Form 2 3D printer.

Learn about other materials here.
More information on the Form 3B resins is coming soon.

Software and STL File Creation

Any software capable of generating 3D models can produce acceptable STL files. Such software includes, but not limited to:


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