Printed parts must be cleaned with solvents to ensure safer handling, dimensional accuracy, and preparation for post-curing. This section will describe three methods that have been proven to work best for Figure 4 part cleaning: 1. Ultrasonic Cleaning in EZ Rinse C and IPA; 2. Ultrasonic Cleaning in Propylene Carbonate and 5 wt% Elma Tec A4/water solution; and, 3. Manual Cleaning in IPA.
Necessary Cleaning Materials Chart
|Equipment||Ultrasonic Cleaning in EZ Rinse C and IPA||Ultrasonic Cleaning in Propylene Carbonate and 5 wt% Elma Tec A4/water solution||Manual Cleaning in IPA|
|At least 1 ultrasonic unit for wash - this unit should be large enough to hold your cleaning containers (see below)||yes, explosion-proof unit required||yes||no|
|At least 2 containers for part baths - these should be large enough to contain the parts you intend to print. These containers can be stainless steel or glass. Plastic is not recommended for ultrasonication.||yes||yes||yes|
|Supply of solvent(s)||yes||yes||yes|
|Vented wash/squirt bottle for IPA||yes||yes||yes|
|Jar to store cleaning brushes||yes||yes||yes|
|Soft or medium bristle brushes - 1 brush included with printer||yes||yes||yes|
|Compressed air with air blow gun with chip guard||yes||yes||yes|
|Hydrometer with range or 0.70-0.81 for IPA||yes||no||yes|
|Hydrometer with range or 0.795-0.910 for EZ Rinse C||yes||no||no|
|Hydrometer with range or 1.00-1.22 for propylene carbonate||no||yes||no|
|500ml graduated cylinder||yes||yes||yes|
|Optical inspection tool, such as a microscope||yes||yes||yes|
|Forced-air oven (optional for part drying)||yes||yes||yes|
WARNING: IPA IS A FLAMMABLE Liquid with flammable Vapors. KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT, SPARK AND OPEN FLAMES. USE WITH ADEQUATE VENTILATION. STORE AT 20-30ºC (68-86°F). DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY. AVOID PROLONGED OR REPEATED BREATHING OF MIST OR VAPOR. liquid and vapor CAUSE IRRITATION TO EYES AND RESPIRATORY TRACT. liquid and vapor AFFECT CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. MAY BE HARMFUL IF ABSORBED THROUGH SKIN. MAY CAUSE IRRITATION TO SKIN.
CAUTION: Consult SDS for each solvent and material type prior to use for additional personal protective equipment.
CAUTION: solvents and solvent-related trash must be disposed of according to all government regulations.
always wear gloves when cleaning build parts.