Site Selection - Post-Processing Equipment

Locating the post-processing equipment is similar in many respects to locating the printer. The equipment includes, but is not limited to: two stainless steel containers (included) and UV-curing oven. The following abbreviated site specifications are for the recommended post-processing equipment:

Space and Location Selection

You may choose to locate the part-washing, drying, and curing stations in the same room as the printer or in a room adjoining the printer.

With either option, please consider the following:

  1. The further the distance the build part is being moved from the printer to the post-processing area, the longer the opportunity for the build part to get damaged by dropping, bumping into objects, and other environmental factors.
  2. The further the distance the build part is being moved, also longer is the opportunity for uncured material to drip onto the floor. If floors are porous, such as carpeting or some tiles, they can absorb the spilled material and would need to be professionally cleaned or replaced.

Refer to the section Space Requirements for a suggested post-processing area layout. Refer to the section Weights and Measures for weights and measurements of the LC-3DPrint Box. Consider the following additional specifications when selecting the location for your post-processing equipment.

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Dimensions for the LC-3DPrint Box, the recommended UV oven for post-curing parts for the printer.

Staging-Area Surfaces

Flooring, tabletops, or desktops under the post-processing equipment should be non-porous and suitable for cleaning with solvents. Carpeted floors are not recommended, as any spilled material can soak in and is difficult to completely clean up.

Electrical Requirements

LC-3DPrint Box

Power configuration: 110V/230V – 50/60Hz – 2.6A/1.3A

Electrical power for the LC 3D-Print Box must be on a surge-protected circuit. A UPS, while not required, is recommended in areas with frequent power fluctuations, as surges and spikes can damage electronic components and power loss can damage the unit.

Ultrasonic Cleaner (Optional)

Power configuration: An example of the power configuration for a consumer-grade ultrasonic cleaner is 120W at 40Hz. There are ultrasonic cleaners of many sizes, from around 2.5L (0.66 gal.) to upwards of 757L (200 gal.) Determine which size ultrasonic cleaner is best for your needs.

You must also get an ultrasonic cleaner that is rated to use flammable solvents like IPA or Ethanol. Failure to do so could present a fire hazard.

Electrical power for an ultrasonic cleaner must be on a surge-protected circuit, particularly for a bigger (not desktop) cleaner. A UPS, while not required, is recommended in areas with frequent power fluctuations, as surges and spikes can damage electronic components and power loss can damage the unit.

Connection to AC Power

The LC-3DPrint Box is designed to plug into a standard power outlet in different countries. Smaller ultrasonic cleaners will also plug into standard wall outlets; bigger ones, however, may require a custom power outlet.

Ventilation (Ductwork)

The post-processing equipment may be vented outside if required by your facility; however, ventilation is not required by 3D Systems. Contact your Facilities Manager for your requirements.

CAUTION: Never disconnect a ducting system that is connected to an external extraction system.