CAD + 3D printing integration

Autodesk Fusion 360 and Formlabs

Streamline your digital workflows and capture your design and manufacturing intent in one platform.

Who is Formlabs?

Formlabs designs, develops, and manufactures accessible 3D printing systems and is the largest supplier of professional stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printers in the world.  

Formlabs is the professional 3D printer of choice for engineers, designers, manufacturers, and decision makers around the globe. Formlabs products include the Form 3, Form 3B, and Form 3L, which are powered by Low Force Stereolithography (LFS)™ 3D printing. The Form 2 SLA 3D printer, Form Wash and Form Cure postprocessing solutions Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, and Form Cell offer additional manufacturing solutions. Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials that continue to push the boundaries for 3D printing, and best-in-class 3D printing software.

Autodesk Fusion 360 and Formlabs Partnership

Autodesk Fusion 360 and Formlabs have teamed up to streamline the design-to-manufacture workflow.

Create your designs, modify them for 3D printing, and orient and pack them in 3D with the build platform for Formlabs SLA or SLS printers. Create support structures and export a ready-to-print .form file all in Fusion 360. Any update to a Fusion 360 design means all updates for additive print preparation are automatically taken care of. Additionally, Fusion 360 makes it easy to create native PreForm files due to shared technology with Formlabs. Formlab's print preparation software, PreForm, also relies heavily on the mesh repair functionality from Fusion 360 to automatically repair faulty STL files. 

Get more control with design and manufacture in one place

With Fusion 360, you're able to design, document, simulate, and prepare data for manufacturing all in one product. Centralize your data so your whole team can work from the same, always up-to-date files. With Fusion 360's dedicated manufacturing workspace, you can create associative design and manufacturing data and even automatically hollow and lattice parts so they can be light-weighted for 3D printing on Formlabs machines.

Every Formlabs machine, supported

Set up prints, create custom support structures, and generate PreForm files direct from Fusion 360. Maintain associativity between design and manufacturing data without any extra steps.

Fuse 1

Working in SLS? Design and quick pack in 3D for Fuse 1 all in Fusion 360. Export .form files from Fusion 360 to print using PreForm without additional setup, while also benefitting from associative design and manufacturing data.

Fusion 360 users can also add labels such as serial numbers to their parts to be printed, and even create a sinterbox if needed. This helps protect small & fragile parts so that they do not get lost or damaged during the post-processing phase.

How customers are benefiting from the Autodesk Fusion 360 & Formlabs integration

From Molecule to Scale Model: 3D Printing Arteries with Fusion 360

Dr. Hannes Schwenke and team are 3D printing artery models to get a closer look at patient anatomy and ease patient anxiety.


COSM Reinvents Medical Device Customization with Fusion 360 and Formlabs

COSM is tackling pelvic floor disorders with customized 3D printed prosthetics designed in Fusion 360 and printed on the Formlabs Form 3B.


KUHMUTE Charging Stations De-Clutter City Streets

KUHMUTE uses Fusion 360 and the Formlabs Fuse 1 3D printer to design charging stations built for last-mile vehicles of all makes.


Cloud-based 3D CAD / CAM / CAE / PCB software for product design.

Expand your advanced manufacturing capabilities

How to get started with Autodesk Fusion 360 and Formlabs

Model, orient, pack & support

With Fusion 360 you can design your parts, prepare 3D prints, along with supports, to send over to PreForm for slicing and printing. Take advantage of associative design and print preparation to expedite your additive manufacturing.


Prep and pack for SLS

With Fusion 360 you can design your parts, quick pack within the Fuse 1 build volume, and export ready-to-print PreForm files for your Fuse 1. Benefit from associative design & manufacturing data while optimizing the use of your Fuse 1.


Send data to PreForm

Scale prototyping and production as your business grows with Formlabs SLA machines. Take advantage of affordable, industrial-quality 3D printers that consistently deliver.


Autodesk Fusion 360 and Formlabs Resources

Get up to speed with how to design for additive manufacturing with this handy guide from Formlabs.



Learn how to use the Formlabs form file export tool for your next 3D print.


Fusion 360 and Formlabs are teaming up to give you more control over your prints—learn about all the new features and how they’ll streamline your additive manufacturing process here.


Download Fusion 360 for free

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