Clean Print Platform and Print Tray

CAUTION: Do not clean the print platform or print tray in a sink or tub that drains into wastewater. These components must be cleaned in a self-contained tub and the solvent/material mix must be discarded according to all local, state, and federal regulations.

WEAR GLOVES: always Wear 100% nitrile gloves whenever handling a printer component that has been in contact with liquid material, even if you have cleaned the component. If the component must be handled without gloves, you must first place it in a UV-Curing oven for the time specified for the material it has been in contact with.

Clean Print Platform

You must clean the print platform after each use.

  1. Use a putty knife or something similar to scrape away the excess cured print material on the print platform.
  2. If a greasy residue still exists, pour recommended solvent onto a nonabrasive cloth and gently clean the print platform until the residue is removed.
  3. Place the print platform into an ultrasonic bath, if available, with recommended solvent. Or you may manually clean the platform in the rinse tanks included with your printer.
  4. Completely dry the platform of any solvent, using any of the same techniques used to dry a printed part.
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Pigmentation on the Print Platform

If you use any print materials with pigmentation in them, you may observe that they slowly stain the print platform after repeated use. This is okay and has not been shown in testing to adversely affect the build quality of future parts, even when using different materials. If you wish to remove as much of the pigmentation as possible, the best way to do this is to soak the platform in IPA overnight. This might not remove all pigmentation.

Remove and Clean Print Tray

You must remove the print tray periodically to clean it and inspect it for damage.

NOTE: The elevator must be at its upper limit and the print platform must not be in the printer during this procedure. This will ensure that: 1. The elevator arm are out of the way; and, 2. No material drips from the print platform onto the glass print base.

 

  1. Wearing nitrile gloves, release all four toggle case locks that connect the print tray to the chassis.
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  1. Lift the print tray up and out of the printer, careful not to spill any material that is inside.
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Clean Print Tray

If you are not building again for a long period of time, it is best to empty the print tray and clean it to prolong the life of the tray.

  1. Pour material out of print tray and into storage bottle via a funnel. Seal the bottle and store it in a cool, dark place. Clean the funnel with the recommended solvent for your material.

    CAUTION: Be sure that you are pouring the material back into a bottle of the same material. Mixing materials causes both materials to become ineffective.

  2. Pour recommended solvent into the print tray and let it soak for a while.
  3. Discard solvent/material mix according to local, state, and federal regulations.
  4. Use a microfiber cloth or lint-free paper towel to softly wipe the bottom of the print tray.

CAUTION: Do not put pressure on the print-tray film when cleaning. Doing so could damage the film and render it unusable.