User preferences, building codes, and equipment configuration help you to define the total floor area that your Figure 4 Standalone Printer will need. The Figure 4 system should be located in an environmentally controlled room. Locate the secondary post processing equipment and supplies in the same room or adjoining room, if possible. The figure below shows an ideal site configuration that minimizes the required movement of parts after part building. The Figure 4 Standalone Printer Measurements Diagram shows the minimum dimensions of the Figure 4 Standalone Printer. Your site layout will vary.
NOTE: Due to UV safety requirements, the system should be located where access to the room can be avoided during an emergency.
NOTE: The Figure 4 Standalone Printer should be placed such that the front of the unit is easily accessible for opening the door and loading/unloading print platforms. There should also be at least six inches of clearance on the sides and back of the printer for proper air flow. If you use the pedestal, the outriggers hitting the wall will add the required clearance. You may wish to use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to keep your devices running in the event of a power surge/outage.
|Optimal Site Layout (top view) - dimensions for part cleaner are based on a popular consumer ultrasonic cleaner|
|Printer dimensions with pedestal|
|Printer dimensions without pedestal|
There must be a wired internet connection for the printer to connect to. The Figure 4 Standalone Printer communicates with a 3D Systems server and will not operate on a closed network. There is also no WiFi support.
Floors and counter spaces in the Figure 4 work area should be non-porous and suitable for cleaning with solvents. The feet of the printer must be on a sturdy, level surface; be sure to make any leveling adjustments needed to the desk/counter your printer will be on. Carpeted floors must not be used. Remove any carpeting or other non-porous flooring where the feet of the Figure 4 system will be placed. The system should not straddle any floor/desk/counter seams. The maximum permissible platform incline is 2.5 cm/12 m (1 in/40 ft).
Floor Vibration and Shock
The system is a precision mechanical and optical machine that is sensitive to vibration. In order to ensure part quality and accuracy, a ground floor location with a concrete floor, (miminum of 4 inches thick) is recommended.
The Figure 4 Standalone 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, HVAC and fans. Locations near airports or train tracks which could cause unacceptable shock or vibration levels are not recommended.
The Figure 4 Standalone Printer is 34.5 kg (76 lbs) and does not require a table rated for a heavy load. 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 Weights and Measures Charts 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 Figure 4 Standalone Printer:
- 120V-240V, 50/60 Hz, 4A (2A Europe), 1 phase
Power for the Figure 4 Standalone Printer should be on a surge-protected circuit. 3D Systems does not require the use of a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) for the Figure 4 Standalone Printer. However, if you live in an area with frequent power surges/outages, a UPS would be useful. A UPS would prevent a build from crashing in the event of a brief power outage/surge, as it would give you time to properly pause the print job.
Ensure that the space you select for the printer has a power outlet reachable by that length of cord. Use of an extension cord or power strip is not recommended.
If your power cord becomes damaged or lost, please ensure you order a replacement from 3D Systems for a power cord that is adequately rated for the machine. Do not replace the power cord with a cord that is not rated for the printer. 3D Systems will identify any parts that are required to be examined or supplied only by 3D Systems or its partners.