Clean Print Platform

CAUTION: Do not clean the print platform or resin tray in a sink or tub that drains into wastewater. These components must be cleaned in a self-contained tub and the solvent/resin mix must be discarded according to all local, state, and federal regulations.

WEAR 100% nitrile gloves throughout this procedure.

Clean Print Platform

You must clean the print platform after each use.

  1. Use the punch tool to punch out the bits of supporting architecture that are inside the holes. Punch in a column, going up an down until you have run the punch tool through every hole. See the punching pattern below for reference.

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  1. Use the Platform Scraper to scrape cured resin off the underside of the print platform. If you are running an elastomeric material such as ELAST-BLK 10, please see the section below, Special Consideration for Elastomeric Resins.
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  1. You should have the platform-cleaning fixture in a tub with IPA. Place the print platform on the fixture, being sure it is submerged in the solvent, and use the punch tool up and down on the platform once more, as you did in Step 1.

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Platform-cleaning fixture

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  1. Wipe down the platform with a lint-free paper towel or nonabrasive cloth.
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  1. Inspect the platform, particularly the holes on the flat surface, to ensure no partially cured resin remains. If you find resin or partially cured bits on the platform at this point, follow the steps in this section again on the problem areas.

Your print platform is now clean and ready to be reused.

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Special Consideration for Elastomeric Resins

For cleaning print platforms that run elastomeric resins such as ELAST-BLK 10, your printer package includes a Wire Brush accessory. The following instructions demonstrate how to use this brush.

  1. Use the Platform Scraper to remove as much partially cured resin as you can.
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  1. Identify all areas of the platform with partially cured resin and use the Wire Brush to scrape off as much as possible.
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  1. Turn the print platform over and use the Wire Brush to scrape all areas that have partially cured resin.
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  1. Place the print platform in solvent and use the Part-Cleaning Brush to clear away areas of liquid resin.
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  1. Use the Punch Tool if desired to punch bigger chunks of material through the platform. Use the Wire Brush to scrape the remaining partially cured resin from the platform
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  1. Wipe down the platform with a lint-free paper towel or nonabrasive cloth.
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  1. Inspect the platform, particularly the holes on the flat surface, to ensure no partially cured resin remains. If you find resin or partially cured bits on the platform at this point, follow the steps in this section again on the problem areas.
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