Finishing Your Creation

Removing Your Creation From The Print Pad

CAUTION: Before attempting to remove your creation from the print pad, ensure that the CubePro has finished printing. Once printing has completed, the print platform and print pad will move to the bottom of the printer.

  1. Grasp both sides of the print pad, lift upward and remove it from the print platform.
  2. Submerge the print pad and the base of the part in warm water for twenty (20) minutes.

NOTE: If you can not submerge the print pad in warm water, run hot water over the base of the part for twenty (20) minutes.

  1. Using the print pad cleaner (scraper) included in the tool kit, gently release your creation from the print pad.

NOTE: The appearance of your scraper may differ from the illustration.

  1. Rinse your creation under hot water to ensure all of the glue has been removed.
  2. Rinse the print pad under water to clean off any remaining glue.
  3. Dry the print pad completely before reinstalling it into the printer.

CAUTION: Failure to completely dry the print pad before reinstalling it into the printer can damage sensitive electrical components and void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Removing Rafts

A raft is the flat support structure that is attached to the base of your creation if you enabled that option when building the .cubepro file. Though it is recommended that printing be done without a raft, some larger, more complicated parts may require one.

ABS Raft / PLA Part ABS rafts can be peeled away from PLA parts.
PLA Raft / ABS Part PLA rafts can be pulled from ABS parts.
ABS Raft / ABS Part Use pliers to pull away as much of the raft as possible. Then use a rough-grade sandpaper to remove the remaining raft material, followed by a fine-grade wet and dry sandpaper to achieve a smoother finish.
PLA Raft / PLA Part Use pliers to pull away as much of the raft as possible. Then use a rough-grade sandpaper to remove the remaining raft material, followed by a fine-grade wet and dry sandpaper to achieve a smoother finish.

Removing Sidewalks

A sidewalk (A) is a mesh boundary that prints around the outside diameter of the part. Its main purpose is to reduce the tendency of warping especially when printing flat parts with ABS material. They are not recommended for parts that have fine details.

Sidewalks are designed to easily break away from a part once it has been removed from the print pad.

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Removing Supports

Supports are used when printing creations that need a supporting structure to print properly.

When using PLA or ABS as a support material, peel the supports away from the part. Then, using wire cutters, cut away the support structure from your creation. Once the supports have been cut away, use fine-grade sandpaper (not included) to finish smoothing the part.

When using Infinity Rinse-Away™ support material, run warm water over the part until the part can be removed from the print pad. Submerge the part in warm water until the supports begin to soften. Pull the supports away from the part using pliers. With most of the support material removed, use a blunt-edged pick or toothbrush to remove residual support material from holes and crevices. To remove support material from moving parts or areas that are difficult to reach, it is recommended that the part is allowed to soak in water for several hours. Then, rinse the part under running warm water to ensure all supports have been removed.

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Removing Supports - Optional Ultrasonic Support Removal Tank

The Ultrasonic Support Removal Tank automatically removes PLA support material from ABS models. There are two methods for removing or weakening the material.

Method Advantages Disadvantages
Hot Water
  • Corrosive chemicals are not used.
  • Support material requires physical force to crumble away.
  • Support material in hidden cavities may remain if the user is unable to reach them.
  • The process can be more lengthy.
Caustic Soda
  • Support material is quickly removed.
  • Support material hidden in cavities will be dissolved without physical force.
  • Requires health and safety procedures.

Hot Water Method

CAUTION: This process uses hot water (approximately 80°C or 176°F). Wear all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

CAUTION: Do not operate without water in the cleaning tank. Damage may occur.

CAUTION: Never use boiling water. Damage may occur.

CAUTION: The unit must be positioned on a flat, stable work surface. Do not tip over or move the tank during its operation. Electrical equipment can become damaged when exposed to water or other fluids.

  1. Pour 0.75 liters (0.79 quarts) of water into the tank.
  2. Place the models to be cleaned into the tank.
  3. Close the lid.
  4. Connect the power supply and press the power button to turn on the tank.
  5. Set the temperature to 80°C (176°F). Use the -5 and +5 buttons to lower or increase the temperature.
  6. Set an alarm for 48 hours.

NOTE: Do not use the timer on the tank. This is intended for the ultrasonic operation used with the Caustic Soda method and will only run for 180 minutes.

  1. After 48 hours, remove the model from the tank using the included plastic tongs and immediately run cold water over it for 1 to 2 minutes.

NOTE: Ensure the Ultrasonic Support Removal tank has been turned off.

  1. After the model has been thoroughly washed, the PLA support material should easily crumble away.

NOTE: A blunt knife can be used to scrape the support away from the model. Additional rinsing may help flush remaining support material fragments from the model.

Caustic Soda Method

WARNING: CAUSTIC SODA CAN BURN SKIN AND EYES, IF HANDLED IMPROPERLY. NEVER HANDLE CAUSTIC SODA WITHOUT USING THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE): GLOVES, GOGGLES AND TONGS. IF CAUSTIC SODA TOUCHES THE SKIN, WASH IT AWAY IMMEDIATELY. IF CAUSTIC SODA TOUCHES THE EYES, IMMEDIATELY USE AN EYEWASH TREATMENT.

CAUTION: Never operate the unit without water in the cleaning tank. Damage may occur.

CAUTION: Never use boiling water. Damage may occur.

CAUTION: The unit must be positioned on a flat, stable work surface. Do not tip over or move the tank during its operation. Electrical equipment can become damaged when exposed to water and other fluids.

  1. Fill the tank with 0.75 liters (0.79 quarts) of cold water.

WARNING: DO NOT ENGAGE THE ULTRASONIC FEATURE WHILE STIRRING IN THE CAUSTIC SODA. THIS WILL CAUSE THE SOLUTION TO VAPORIZE.

WARNING: ENSURE THE AREA IS WELL VENTILATED AND DO NOT DIRECTLY INHALE THE VAPOR FROM THE TANK.

  1. Using scales and a measuring bowl, measure out 200 grams of caustic soda.
  2. Pour the caustic soda into the tank in approximately 40-gram increments, stirring thoroughly after each addition.

NOTE: Stirring is essential to ensure the caustic soda granules do not collect at the bottom of the tank.

  1. Immediately clean the measuring bowl and scales to ensure removal of all caustic soda.
  2. Using plastic tongs and all the recommended personal protection equipment, gently lower the model into the caustic soda solution.

CAUTION: Exercise caution so that none of the solution spills.

  1. Close the lid.
  2. Connect the power supply and press the power button to turn on the tank.
  3. For best results, set the temperature to 60°C. Use the -5 and +5 buttons to lower or increase the temperature.

WARNING: DO NOT SET THE TEMPERATURE ABOVE 60°C AS THE REACTION BETWEEN THE CAUSTIC SODA AND THE WATER IS EXOTHERMIC, AND WILL CONTINUE TO ELEVATE THE TEMPERATURE. ACTUAL TEMPERATURE SHOULD NEVER EXCEED 80°C.

  1. Once the tank has reached 60°C, use the -5 and +5 buttons to set the timer for 180 minutes.

NOTE: The ultrasonic process will begin as soon as you have set the time.

  1. After 180 minutes, remove your model from the tank using plastic tongs and run it under cold water for 1-2 minutes.

CAUTION: Continue wearing the recommended personal protection equipment when handling the model until the process has been completed.

NOTE: All support material should have dissolved. Any remaining supports can be crumbled or scraped away with a blunt knife or rinsed off in the sink.

  1. Empty the caustic solution from the Ultrasonic Support Removal Tank.

NOTE: It is safe to pour it in the sink as caustic soda can be used as a drain cleaner.

  1. Rinse the tank and refill it with 0.75 liters of water.
  2. Using plastic tongs, place the model back into the tank.
  3. Once all of the caustic soda has been cleaned from the area, you may remove your personal protection equipment.
  4. Repeat the ultrasonic process with clean water for 30 minutes at 60°C to remove any caustic soda residue that may remain on the model.
  5. Once the ultrasonic process has completed the second time, use plastic tongs to remove the model from the ultrasonic tank.
  6. Rinse it under cold water for 1-to-2 minutes.