Locating the post-processing equipment is similar in many respects to locating the Figure 4 Standalone Printer. The following abbreviated site specifications are for 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 Figure 4 Standalone Printer or in a room adjoining the printer
With either option, please consider the following:
- 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.
- The further the distance the build part is being moved, also longer is the opportunity for uncured resin to drip onto the floor. If floors are porous, such as carpeting or some tiles, they can absorb the spilled resin and would need to be professionally cleaned or replaced.
Refer to Optimal Site Layout for a suggestion for overall layout. Refer to the Weights and Measures Charts for weights and measurements of the LC-3DPrint Box. Consider the following additional specifications when selecting the location for your post-processing equipment.
NextDent LC-3DPrint Box Measurements
Flooring/table/countertop under the post-processing equipment should be non-porous and suitable for cleaning with solvents. Carpeted floors are not recommended.
NextDent LC-3DPrint Box
Power configuration: 110V/240V – 50/60Hz – 2.6A/1.3A
Electrical power for the LC-3DPrint 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.
Power configuration: An example of the power configuration for a consumer-grade ultrasonic cleaner is 120W at 40,000Hz. 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. 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.
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.