Important Safety Information

Safety Symbols and Definitions

UV RADIATION HAZARD: Invisible UV radiation is accessible in the vicinity of this sign or behind the panel. Radiation can cause eye injury or blindness, burn injury and/or fire. Access panels are for service only and should be opened only by certified service personnel.

ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARD: High voltage electricity is accessible in the vicinity of this sign or behind the access panel. High voltage can cause severe burns or death, as well as fires. Access panels are for service only and should be opened only by certified service personnel or trained maintenance personnel.

HOT SURFACE HAZARD: A hot surface is accessible in the vicinity of this sign or behind the access panel. Avoid contact. Hot surfaces can cause burn injury or fire. Allow surface to cool before touching. Access panels are for service only and should be opened only by certified service personnel or trained maintenance personnel.

KEEP FINGERS AWAY FROM FAN: Putting fingers in way of moving fan can cause serious injury.

KEEP FINGERS AWAY FROM SHARP OBJECTS: Putting fingers in way of sharp objects can cause serious injury.

CAUTION: Indicates the possibility of loss of data or damage to equipment.

WARNING: Indicates the possibility of injury or death to personnel.

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This Global Harmonized System label for Low level toxicity. This includes respiratory, skin, and eye irritation, skin sensitisers and chemicals harmful if swallowed, inhaled or in contact with skin.

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This Global Harmonized System label for Corrosive chemicals, may cause severe skin and eye damage and may be corrosive to metals.

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This Global Harmonized System label is for lower systemic health hazards

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This Global Harmonized System label warns hazardous to aquatic life and the environment.

WEAR GLOVES: Wear the appropriate gloves when required. For example, when touching surfaces that may contain or have been exposed to materials, wear nitrile gloves. Heat gloves are necessary when touching surfaces that may be hot to ensure burns don’t occur.

ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION INSIDE: Exposure may cause eye damage. Do not operate without covers. Wear UV eye protection.

NOTE: A note signifies important information but not information of a critical content.

Safety Guidelines

General

The 3D printer system is designed with built in safety features, improper use can cause injury to personnel.

Follow these safety guidelines when operating the printer:

  • Read and follow all 3D printer system instructions. Printer should only be operated by trained personnel.

  • Follow all safety rules and heed all cautions and warnings in this guide.

  • Do not attempt to open top door while printing.

  • Do not use any material without reviewing the Global Harmonized Standards/Safety Data Sheet (GHS/SDS).

  • Dress power and communication cables behind printer to prevent tripping.

  • Do not attempt to access, service, or adjust printer components or perform procedures without reviewing the documentation for user accessible maintenance routines unless specifically trained to do so.

  • Only certified service personnel that have completed the 3D Systems service training may perform tasks they are authorized and certified to complete.

  • Do not ignore warning signs posted during 3D printer system service operations. If an error message appears on the 3D printer system’s User Interface refer to “Troubleshooting Section” within this guide depending on the error, before resuming operation.

  • To prevent potential skin irritation and sensitization due to contact with waste material or uncured Part Material, follow all guidelines in the following sections.

Protective Equipment/First Aid

Follow recommendations for protective equipment and general first aid procedures to minimize the risks from part material exposure. If professional medical attention is necessary, take the Global Harmonized Standards/Safety Data Sheet (GHS/SDS) for the exact material involved to the attending physician.

Always wear 100% nitrile gloves and lab coats when handling any part or waste material. Latex gloves are not chemical-resistant and are not recommended.

In the event of a leak or spill of uncured part material, wear safety glasses with side shields to provide eye protection.

Because of the 3D printer system’s built-in engineering controls, respiratory protection is not necessary during normal operation. A NIOSH-approved (or equivalent) dust mask is recommended when dry sanding cured material parts.

Always wear protective sleeves or a lab coat when doing anything around the materials. When skin comes in contact with materials they can cause an allergic reaction that can be harmful to skin.

 

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Irritant

  • Any chemical may exert harmful effects if it contacts or enters the body. Uncured material is a sensitizer, and can cause allergic reactions if it comes in contact with skin. Always wear nitrile gloves when handling material. Refer to personal protection equipment for more information. To avoid sensitization, do not allow uncured material to contact skin. Consult the GHS/SDS for specific information about the sensitization potential.
  • If skin comes in contact with uncured material immediately wash with cold water and soap.

Inhalation/Ingestion

  • Under normal operation, inhalation is not an expected route of entry.
  • Ingestion - Uncured part material is toxic if ingested.
  • Because uncured material is toxic if ingested, it must not be present where food and drink are stored, prepared, or consumed. After handling materials, wash hands with soap and cold water before consuming or preparing food.

Handling Finished Parts

  • Finished (cured) parts can be handled or disposed of the same as standard household plastic products. VisiJet® parts are not recyclable. VisiJet® materials are not intended for and cannot be used for medical implant, food or drink handling applications.
  • Exposure control - The 3D printer system has a variety of built-in engineering controls which are designed to prevent operator exposure. Do not try to change or disable these controls.

Skin Contact

  • Uncured part material is a sensitizer, and can cause allergic reactions if skin comes into contact. When handling any part or waste material, always wear 100% nitrile gloves and lab coats.
  • Should skin come into contact with uncured part material, wash thoroughly with soap and cold water and immediately remove contaminated clothing and shoes. Do not use hot water or solvents to wash hands, as it will result in absorption through the skin. If skin is irritated, seek medical attention. Dry-clean contaminated clothing and discard contaminated shoes and leather products in accordance with applicable regulations.

Eye Contact

  • Safety goggles with side shields should be worn to prevent accidental splashes into the eyes. If material comes in contact with the eye, flush immediately with large amounts of cold water for 15 minutes, avoid sunlight, fluorescent light, and other ultraviolet light, and obtain immediate medical attention. Eye wash facilities and a first aid kit should be readily available and close to the 3D printer system.

Contact Lenses

  • Wearing contact lenses is not recommended if handling liquid materials. If material splashes into eyes when contact lenses are worn, flush eyes immediately with water. Verify that flushing has removed the contact lens from the eye(s). Protect eyes from light and obtain immediate medical attention. Discard contact lenses that come into contact with liquid material.

Fume Inhalation

  • Under normal operation, inhalation is not an expected route of entry. Always work in a well ventilated area when using materials and avoid breathing vapors. If inhaled, remove the personal to fresh air. Give artificial respiration or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if required. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Obtain immediate medical attention.

Ingestion

  • Uncured part material is toxic if ingested. Obtain immediate medical attention.

Hygienic Practices

  • Because uncured material is toxic if ingested, it must not be present where food and drink are stored, prepared, or consumed. After handling materials, wash hands with soap and cold water before consuming meals, breaks, smoking, applying cosmetics, using toilet facilities, and after work.
  • Employees should be alerted of the need to clean and rinse off any contacted surface promptly in order to prevent further contamination. Ensure a convenient washroom location is provided with access to soap, water, and disposable paper towels.
  • Tools contaminated with part material should be cleaned prior to reuse. Solvents such as denatured alcohol or Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA), are normally required to clean equipment and tools. Wash with soap and water to remove any traces of excess part material or solvent.

Material Handling and Safety

Prior to using the ProJet® MJP 2500 and 2500 Plus,  users should be aware of potential hazards which may result in exposure to uncured part material, such as removal of the material waste bag and handling part material cartridges.

Emergency (GHS/SDS)

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Consult the materials Global Harmonized Standards/Safety Data Sheets (GHS/SDS) for information on specific materials. For further information on this and related topics, consult the 3D Systems - Materials website at http://www.3dsystems.com/support/materials/msds.

 

Packaging Inspection

The material cartridges are packaged in shipping cartons. Upon receipt of material shipments, inspect cardboard carton exterior for signs of damage and leakage. If leakage is observed, DO NOT open carton, and contact 3D Systems’s Technical Support Hotline. 

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  VisiJet® Part Material (ProJet® 2500 & ProJet® 2500 Plus ) VisiJet® ME SUP Wax Support Material
Shelf Life 2 Years 5 Years
Climate Cool, dry area with adequate ventilation
Temperature Range 60°F (16°C) to 80°F (27°C)
Maximum Storage Temp 95°F (35°C)
Environmental Conditions No direct sunlight, heat, flames, or UV energy. Do not expose materials to heat at or above 230°F (110°C) , flames, sparks, or any source of ignition.

 

Recertification Date

Always check material "Recertification Date" before use. If the cartridge has reached its Recertification Date, your 3D Systems certified Partners or 3D Systems Technical Support can assist with questions on material requiring recertification.

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Support (white) material must be loaded in the left side of material drawer. Part (black) material cartridges must be loaded in the right side of material drawer. Before loading cartridges into 3D printer system, inspect the cartridges for signs of damage or leakage. Do not load a damaged or leaking cartridge. Dispose of material cartridge according to local regulations.

Storing a Partially Used Material Cartridge

It is important not to lay material cartridges that are partially used on their side. Doing so will cause material to seep through the vent cap and clog cap. This will cause damage to the material cartridge if used for a later print. To store a partially used Material Cartridge, place it upright in a ProJet® MJP 2500 Cartridge Holder and tighten the vent cap.

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Material Storage

Material should be stored in their original containers, according to the guidelines given in the GHS/SDS included with the material. Protect material from sunlight and ambient room light.

Never mix different materials.

Disposal

Disposal of fully cured parts are not subject to regulations of any known agency worldwide. VisiJet® support material cartridges may be disposed of in ordinary office trash.

Support Material 

Support material has no known regulatory requirements and may be disposed of in ordinary office waste.

Cured Part Material

Finished (cured) parts can be handled or disposed of the same as standard household plastic products. VisiJet parts are not recyclable. VisiJet materials are not intended for and cannot be used for medical implant, food, or drink handling applications.

Uncured Part Material and Waste

Uncured part material is classified as regulated, and in some areas hazardous; requiring special packaging, transportation, and disposal. The disposal of partially cured or uncured part material must comply with all local, state, and federal environmental safety regulations. Applicable part “waste” includes cartridges (empty or full) and waste pans. Any materials used to clean up uncured part material should be disposed of in the same manner as uncured part material.

Dispose of your uncured parts and waste materials according to your local environmental regulatory agency.  If assistance is needed, contact 3D Systems certified Partners or 3D Systems Technical Support.

To find out facility disposal requirements, contact a local waste disposal provider. (Local environmental regulatory agency should have a list of qualified providers.) You will need to give disposal service provider a copy of the part material GHS/SDS (Global Harmonized Standards / Safety Data Sheets), and possibly other forms included in the Appendix of your VisiJet® Material Handling Guide, such as Waste Profile Worksheet and SNUR (Significant New Use Regulation - U.S. only). A report will be provided, indicating disposal requirements, as well as a quotation for regularly scheduled pickups. If assistance is needed locating a waste disposal provider, or completing a waste disposal form, contact your local 3D Systems certified reseller or 3D Systems Technical Support.

3D Systems assumes no liability or responsibility for proper disposal of uncured part material. Proper disposal of uncured part material is the sole responsibility of the user.

Spilled Material

Spills of material are HIGHLY UNLIKELY, and should NOT occur in normal operation of the 3D printer system. If a leak occurs, it is an indication of a serious 3D printer system malfunction.

The first priority is to protect users from inadvertently touching material. Spills of support material can be cleaned without use of protective gear, and disposed of as office trash. Handling uncured part material requires use of nitrile gloves and other personal protective equipment to ensure no direct contact with uncured part material. If you don’t know which material it is, assume it to be uncured part material, and handle accordingly - with the recommended personal protective equipment.

Promptly remove spilled material, dispose of waste material, and clean up materials per local regulatory requirements. Suspend use of the 3D printer system until you contact 3D Systems Technical Support for a service visit to determine and repair the source of the leak.

Small spills of uncured liquid part material can be cleaned up using disposable towels, non-reusable rags, or absorbent materials such as sawdust, clay, diatomaceous earth, or activated charcoal. If spilled material is hot (liquid), wait until it cools before wiping up. After wiping up the spill, wipe surface with denatured or isopropyl alcohol and clean thoroughly with soap and water.

 Caution: Never put sawdust, clay, diatomaceous earth, or activated charcoal inside the printer, doing so will damage the printer. 

Consider avoiding placement of the 3D printer system over carpeting, or consider use of barriers to avoid the possibility of carpet damage if spills were to occur.

Advise service provider involved of the spilled material, and provide GHS/SDS and other material information prior to contact with the material. Advise them of disposal requirements for part material and clean-up products if part material (uncured) is the spilled material. 

Tools contaminated with part material should be cleaned prior to reuse. Solvents such as denatured alcohol or Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA), are normally required to clean equipment and tools. Wash with soap and water to remove any traces of excess part material or solvent. Contact solvent suppliers for information on proper handling of solvents if used for clean-up.

Some cleaning solvents are highly flammable such as denatured alcohol and isopropyl alcohol. Before using solvents to clean and remove uncured part material, be sure read and follow the solvent supplier safety precautions and recommended usage.

Flammability Hazards

Though the U.S. Department of Transportation does not consider VisiJet® materials a "flammability hazard," they do classify them "combustible" based on flash points. Material containers may rupture when exposed to extreme heat. Use National Fire Protection Association Class B extinguishers such as carbon dioxide, dry chemical, or foam.