While the Form 1+ appeared almost identical to its predecessor from the outside, the interior components were completely overhauled. I conceptualized a video that transitions through the diverse use cases of the Form 1+ before the audience is led inside the machine. The laser acts as our tour guide through the inner workings of the updated 3D printer. I created this animatic to use as a reference through production and post, in addition to selling the executive team on the vision.
When I pitched an elaborate CG flying shot through the machine, I honestly didn't think we'd have the budget or schedule to make it a reality. Then I found Studio Aiko. The CG studio based in Tel Aviv produced high-quality renders in record time. I worked back and forth with their team to refine the movement of the camera, create shading materials and match pacing with the voiceover and live-action footage.
The concept and style of this first campaign had an enduring impact on the company. It contributed to the Form 1+ being one of the highest selling SLA 3D printers at the time and influenced many of Formlabs' future product launches—even after I left the company. Many of the same production partners, actors and collaborators I originally sourced continued to be used. Each new printer was given the "deep dive" treatment, inviting potential customers to see inside the machine like they did with the Form 1+.
Glossy product videos weren't the only thing being produced at Formlabs. I produced a dozen doc-style case studies that showcased customers working on everything from engineering, art, medicine and architecture. In true startup fashion, these videos were made with a skeleton crew (often just me) in a quick run-and-gun style with minimal, inexpensive equipment.
When I joined Formlabs, their website was a janky Shopify theme that did the job during their kickstarter campaign, but was crippling as the grew fast. As a company that would rely almost entirely on direct sales instead of retail, a new website on a new platform was a must. The web dev team and I were given three months to research, prototype, design and develop a strong ecommerce experience that could convert sales. Product, industry and support pages were created in addition to a more robust checkout process.
PreForm is the software used to setup prints and interface with the 3D printer. It was cluttered, clunky and generally confusing to use. My work streamlined features, introduced a unique layer model slicing functionality and included refined iconography.
The last aspect of my early work at Formlabs was creating a wide variety of branding material from illustrations, packaging, manuals, environmental graphics and marketing collateral. My most esteemed role was as the resident t-shirt designer.
I assisted the filmmakers in capturing footage of the company and its founders (with their permission) during key moments. Many of these moments made it into the final film. Even if 3D printing doesn't interest you, the documentary is a very accurate depiction of the entrepreneurial journey. My face also pops up once or twice :)