Form 1 Printer Gets OSX Update
Released earlier this month the software that comes with the Form 1 3D Printer will now get a major software update from Apple. This is a much needed update called PreFormis and is now compatible with OS X. This means that users can use the system natively on their machines now if they have an Apple computer.
The new piece of software also supports automatic mesh repair using software from NetFabb. According to Sam Jacoby of Form Labs: “PreForm’s mesh repair tool integrates software from Netfabb to examine the triangle meshes that make up your digital design. It will automatically clean up artifacts, close triangles, and join vertices, so that your models will print reliably on the Form 1.” This basically means prints will be far smoother than they were in earlier versions of the software.
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I’ve used the OS X version of PreForm and found it to work flawlessly on Macs. PreForm creates a lattice structure that allows you to print objects using the Form 1′s unique technology and then slices the object up for proper printing. While it’s not a formal editor, it does allow you to scale and modify some models before printing. On August 6 Form Labs released an update that allowed users to estimate print time.