Fill Resin Tray With Material

HARMFUL IRRITANT WARNING: Always handle the resin tray with care, even if you believe there is no material in it. wearing contact lenses when handing a resin tray filled with material is not recommended. Wear 100% nitrile gloves when handling the resin tray, even if you believe there is no material in it. Be careful not to pour material outside the resin tray, or to allow material to splash outside the resin tray. Liquid material has the potential to damage electrical equipment, particularly in the lower part of the printer.

TIP: You may choose to hold the material bottle with two hands, just in case it slips out of one hand, so that you do not drop the material bottle.

Fill the Resin Tray

Before filling the resin tray, you should have completed the steps in the section Add/Change Print Material. If you have not done so, do so now.

  1. Before pouring the material into the resin tray, be sure you do the following:
    1. Mix the material on the LC-3DMixer (1) for the time specified for your material in the Material Stirring and Curing Chart or shake the bottle vigorously in an up-and-down motion (2).

      CAUTION: Failure to sufficiently mix materials before each build may result in color deviation and/or print failure.

    2. If you are using a different material than your previous build used be sure that you follow the material changeover instructions in the section Physical Steps to Change Print Material.

      CAUTION: Failure to properly switch materials will result in reduced reactivity of the new material, even when only very small amounts of different material(s) are mixed in. This will result in build failure and wasted material.

    3. If you are using the same material bottle as in your previous build, be sure that the print platform and resin tray are completely clean of debris (such as dust), and/or partially cured material residue.

      CAUTION: Failure to clean the resin tray and print platform of debris may affect the material's reactivity and the printed part's ability to adhere to the print platform.

    4. If you are using a new bottle of the same material, but it has a different batch number than your last bottle, you must either empty the resin tray of the previous material or use a different resin tray for the new bottle. Please see the section above about mixing old and new material.

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  1. Before filling the resin tray with material, take note of the markings printed on the front and back.
    1. The MIN mark indicates that the 5mm (0.2 in) pool in the bottom of the tray is full. Do not print if the resin level is below this line.

    2. Each numbered mark indicates 100mL (3.4 fl. oz.) more of resin on top of the 5mm pool, on up to 400mL (13.5 fl. oz.).

    3. The MAX mark indicates a resin level of 430mL (14.5 fl. oz.). See caution statement below.

CAUTION: Do not fill the resin tray beyond 430 mL (14.5 fl. oz.). Doing so risks spilling material and/or getting material on elevator arms during printing.

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  1. Slowly pour material until desired height is reached. Hold the bottle low over the tray while pouring to avoid splashing.
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  1. Close printer lid as soon as possible after pouring, so as to avoid any unnecessary exposure of the material to ambient UV light.