User preferences, building codes, and equipment configuration will help you to define the total platform area that your printer will need. The FabPro system should be located in an environmentally controlled room. Locate the secondary post-processing equipment and supplies in the same room or in an adjoining room, if possible. The figure below shows an ideal site configuration that minimizes the required movement of parts after part building. It assumes you will have an ultrasonic cleaner and the LC-3DPrint Box. The section Weights and Measures shows the minimum dimensions of the printer. Your site layout will vary.
|Optimal Site Layout (top view). Measurements for ultrasonic cleaner are for sample purposes only.|
You will need to place the printer on a table or countertop that is at a comfortable level for working with the printer. The printer has been designed to work will with normal table and countertop heights. Floors and counter spaces in the FabPro work area should be non-porous and suitable for cleaning with solvents. The feet of the system must be on a non-resilient surface such as bare concrete or a sturdy, level table, counter, or desktop. The printer should not be on or above carpeted floors, as material spills on carpet are very hard to clean up. If you will have the printer on a floor, remove any non-porous flooring where the feet of the FabPro system will be placed. The system should not straddle any floor/table/desk seams. The maximum permissible floor/table/desk incline is 2.5 cm/12 m (1 in/40 ft).
To ensure part quality and accuracy, choose a ground floor location with a thick concrete pad, which will minimize vibration. FabPro equipment is slightly self-damping, and should not be affected by normal or incidental environmental vibration; however, the area should be isolated, either via location or some other physical or mechanical means, from any significant internal or external vibration sources such as heavy machinery, airplanes, or trains, which could cause unacceptable shock or vibration levels.
It is recommended that the amount of vibration/shock from the floor not exceed the SPIE 1991 VC standards of VC-A. This corresponds to a max floor velocity of 50 m/sec over a 4-80Hz bandwidth. Users are responsible for verifying the level of vibration in their facility.
The printer is 37.5kg (82.7 lbs). Additional equipment, such as a UV oven or ultra-sonic cleaner, will each have their own loads for your setup to bear. Refer to the section Weights and Measures to determine the total weight of the equipment to be housed in your room to ensure that you do not exceed the maximum load-bearing capacity that your printer-staging area can support.
Electrical voltage requirements for the printer:
Printer: 24VDC, 3.75A, 90W
With Adapter: 100-220 VAC, 50/60Hz, 2A
Power for the printer must be on a surge-protected circuit. UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) usage, while not required, is recommended in areas where power fluctuations are frequent, as surges and spikes can cause damage to electronic components, and loss of power can result in failed builds or potential damage to the FabPro system. For specific information on a suitable UPS, contact a UPS manufacturer and provide the voltage rating, current draw, and desired backup time. The manufacturer can recommend an appropriate model.
- In the United States, a standard 10-amp wall outlet is required. The system connects to a 110VAC power outlet through a standard 110VAC power cord.
- In Europe, a standard 10-amp wall outlet is required. The system connects to a 220VAC power outlet through a standard 220VAC power cord. Country destination kits are available with the proper wall-power connections.