IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Safety Symbols and Definitions

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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.

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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.

Heat.png 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.
MATERIAL HAZARD SYMBOL.png HARMFUL IRRITANT WARNING: Indicates that skin or eye irritation could result while exposed to a chemical composition.
caution36.png CAUTION: Indicates the possibility of loss of data or damage to equipment.
WARNING: Indicates the possibility of injury or death to personnel.
Safety_Gloves.png WEAR GLOVES: when handling certain materials or touching surfaces that may contain the materials.
Safety_Glasses.png ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION INSIDE: Exposure may cause eye damage. Do not operate without covers. Wear UV eye protection.

 

Emergency Disconnect Device

The power cord is classified as the emergency disconnect device for this 3D printer system.  A 36 inch distance of unobstructed access behind the printer is required.  In an emergency situation, the user must have unobstructed access to the power cord.
The  label below is located on the E-chassis of the 3D printer system.
 

 

Safety Guidelines

Before using the 3D printer system, your company should have a safety program in place. The safety program should:

  • Label and point out hazardous equipment, materials, and procedures.
  • Explain what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Provide information about hazards of equipment and materials in the form of Global Health and Safety sheets. The Global Health and Safety sheets are provided with all materials supplied by 3D Systems.

 

General

The 3D printer system is designed with built in safety features. Improper use can lead to malfunctions that can cause injury to personnel. To prevent unsafe operation, the 3D printer system will automatically shut down if unsafe conditions are detected.

Follow these safety guidelines when operating the 3D printer system:

  • Read and follow all 3D printer system instructions.
  • Follow all safety rules and heed all cautions and warnings in this guide.
  • Do not attempt to open chamber door while build in progress.
  • Do not use any material without reviewing the Global Health and Safety sheets.
  • Dress power and communication cables behind 3D printer system to prevent tripping.
  • Do not attempt to access, service, or adjust 3D printer system components. Do not attempt to perform any maintenance procedures unless specifically trained to do so.
  • Do not operate the 3D printer system without all safety systems and guards in place and functional.

Operators are trained to operate 3D printer system and perform all necessary tasks to create a part.
Certified service personnel are those who completed the 3D Systems service training package and were certified to perform service tasks. Certification may occur at different levels, and service providers should only 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 touchscreen refer to ”Error Messages”, on page 52 before resuming operation.
To prevent potential skin-irritation and sensitization due to contact with waste material, follow all guidelines in part material Safety on page 7.
To prevent pinch injuries to the hand, use caution when replacing platform inside the build chamber.

 

Electrical

Electrical_Shock.png WARNING: Hazardous voltage exists inside the 3D printer system. Injury or death from electrical shock can result if you remove the 3D printer system’s external panels. Panels should only be removed for service by trained and certified 3D Systems Technical Support personnel or your servicing reseller. To prevent electrical shock, the 3D printer system will not operate unless external panels are installed. Verify facility’s electrical service rating before connecting power to the 3D printer system.

Ultraviolet (UV) Light

Radiate.png WARNING: Hazardous UV radiation exists inside the 3D printer system’s build chamber during print job. Eye injury or blindness can result if the chamber door is opened while a print job is in progress. If print job is running, abort print job before attempting to open chamber door. To prevent eye injury, ultraviolet (UV) light inside the chamber will not operate when chamber door is open. When closed, the chamber door keeps UV radiation from escaping. The chamber door remains locked if print job is paused.

 

The UV lamps in the 3D printer system have the following specifications:

  • Irradiance at UV Emitting Window: 2W/cm2
  • Emitting Window: 75x10mm, 110x10mm
  • Total UV Power: Up to 22W
  • Pure UV Output: 380-420nm

 

Part Material Safety

Users of the 3D printer system should be informed of potential hazards of part material prior to working with a 3D printer system, or performing duties which may result in exposure to uncured part material, such as removal and disposal of empty material bottles and waste bag.

Disposal

  • Disposal of fully cured part material produced by the 3D printer system is not subject to regulations of any known agency worldwide. 
  • Uncured part material waste is classified as regulated, and in some areas hazardous, and may require special packaging, transportation, and disposal. Waste bags filled with VisiJet support and part materials and the material bottles may be disposed of according to your local codes. The disposal of partially cured or uncured part material must comply with all local, state, and federal environmental safety regulations. Applicable part material “waste” includes bottles (empty or full) and waste bags. Any cleaning materials used to clean up spilled uncured part material should be disposed of in compliance with local, state, and federal environmental safety regulations.
  • Do not contaminate drains, soil or surface waters with this material or its container.  Reduce waste by attempting to utilize product completely.  Dispose of this container and its contents in accordance with all local, state, and federal regulations.  Do not reuse or refill.
  • Support Material, cured or uncured, is not hazardous.

To find out facility disposal requirements, contact an approved waste disposal provider.  Your 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 Global Health and Safety sheets, and possibly other forms included in the Appendix of your VisiJet Post Processing 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 3D Systems Technical Support Hot line.

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

Health Hazard / Irritant

MATERIAL HAZARD SYMBOL.png Caution:  Uncured 5500X VisiJet part material is a sensitizer. Skin or eye irritation could occur when exposed to the chemical composition of the material.  Any chemical may exert harmful effects if it contacts or enters the body.  VisiJet part material is a sensitizer and irritant. 

 

Skin Sensitization:  Uncured 5500X VisiJet part material is a sensitizer. Skin or eye irritation could occur when exposed to the chemical composition of the material

  • Uncured material is a sensitizer and can cause allergic reactions if it contacts skin without protective gloves and sleeves. To avoid sensitization, do not allow uncured material to contact skin. Consult the GHS sheets for specific information about the sensitization potential.
  • Once sensitized, a severe allergic reaction may occur when subsequently exposed to very low levels.

IngestionUncured 5500X VisiJet part material is toxic if ingested.

  • Uncured material is toxic if ingested. Uncured material must not be present where food and drink are stored, prepared, or consumed and must not be ingested. After handling materials, wash hands with soap and cold water before consuming or preparing food.

Inhalation:  Under normal operation, inhalation is not an expected route of entry.

Contact With Uncured Material:  Employees should be alerted 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.

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 or 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.

Appropriate hygienic practices should be followed, including washing with soap and cold water before meals, breaks, smoking, applying cosmetics, using toilet facilities, and after work.

Material Handling

Emergency 
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Packaging Inspection:  VisiJet materials are supplied in bottles. These bottles are packaged with cardboard packing material inside the shipping carton. Upon receipt of material shipments, inspect cardboard carton exterior for signs of damage and leakage. If leakage is observed, DO NOT open carton, contact 3D Systems Certified 3D Systems Service Provider. If no leakage is observed, store shipping carton until material is used.

Building:  If uncured material is observed on the part or platform after build, this is an abnormal condition, and is an indication the 3D printer system requires servicing by 3D Systems or an authorized servicing reseller. Assume any liquid or paste-like material is part material. Do not directly touch uncured part material without protective gloves and protective sleeves. Discontinue use of the 3D printer system, pending service by a 3D Systems Technical Support Representative or your servicing reseller.

Flammability and Combustibility:  Do not expose materials to heat at or above 230°F (110°C), flames, sparks, or any source of ignition. (Though the U.S. Department of Transportation does not consider VisiJet materials a “flammability hazard,” they do classify them “combustible” based on flash points.) For more information on VisiJet material flash points and combustibility, see the VisiJet Post Processing Guide.

Personal Protection Equipment

Skin Protection:   Performing some procedures in this manual will exposure the user to uncured part material. To prevent contact, wear a chemically resistant apron or lab coat, protective sleeves (Tyvex) and chemically resistant protective gloves.  Nitrile gloves are recommended. Do not use Latex gloves.
For some procedures, heat resistant gloves are required.  Where a “heat resistant glove” is referenced, 3D Systems recommends wearing a thermal liner with a nitrile glove worn over the liner.  The thermal liner must be capable of withstanding temperatures up to 90 degrees C.

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

Respiratory 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.

First Aid Measures

General Information: Ensure that eyewash stations and safety showers are close to the workstation location.

In case of inhalation:  May cause respiratory irritation.  Move affected person to fresh air. If respiratory irritation occurs or if breathing becomes difficult, seek medical attention immediately.

In case of skin contact: May cause irritation or sensitization by skin contact , including redness and/or swelling.  Immediately flush skin with plenty of cold water.  After the area has been thoroughly rinsed, use soap and cold water to cleanse the area.  Remove contaminated clothing and shoes. Get medical attention if symptoms occur. Wash clothing before reuse.

In case of eye contact: Irritating to eyes. Causes redness, swelling and pain.  Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Remove contact lenses immediately.  Get medical attention if symptoms persist.

In case of ingestion: Irritating to mouth, throat and stomach.   If ingested, drink plenty of water and seek immediate medical attention. Do not induce vomiting.
Self-protection of the first aider: Put on appropriate protective equipment (see section 7). Move exposed person to fresh air. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes.

Ecological Information

Ecotoxicity:  The aquatic toxicity of the product is unknown;  however based on components, it is predicted that uncured part material may be harmful to aquatic organisms or cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.  Prevent contamination of soil, drains and surface waters.

Regulatory Information

VisiJet support material has no known regulatory requirements.

In the U.S., uncured material is subject to special EPA disposal regulations and record-keeping requirements. “Uncured 5500X VisiJet material” includes any part material bottles (empty or full) and waste bag, and about half of the material in a waste bag is uncured part material. For complete disposal regulation details, see the VisiJet Post Processing Guide.

In the U.S., the following disposal records must be kept for five years after the date of disposal:

  • The quantity of part material received (new or “virgin”).
  • The name and address of the shipping location (the “responsible party” - generally your waste disposal service provider).
  • The quantity of part material shipped (disposed). For further information, see the VisiJet Post Processing Guide.

For assistance, contact 3D Systems Technical Support.

Spilled VisiJet Material

Spills of material are highly unlikely and should NOT occur in normal operation of the 3D printer system.

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 gloves, protective sleeves 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 clean up spilled material, dispose of clean up materials and waste material per local regulatory requirements. Discontinue use of the 3D printer system, and contact 3D Systems Technical Support for a service visit to determine and repair the source of leakage.

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

Advise the service provider involved of the spilled material, and provide 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.

Waste Removal

MATERIAL HAZARD SYMBOL.png WARNING: Uncured part material is a sensitizer. Skin or eye irritation could occur when exposed to the chemical composition of the material.

 

Wear protective gloves and protective sleeves before removing any waste product from the 3D printer system. Be careful not to spill, drop, or expose others to these materials - particularly part material bottles or waste bag. Dispose of all waste material appropriately per local regulatory requirements.

  • Open waste drawer.
  • Remove the waste bag from the waste bag holder by lifting the waste bag straight up and out of the waste drawer.
  • Seal bag and dispose according to your local regulatory guidelines.
  • Replace new waste bag by reversing the previous process. Close waste drawer after waste bag is installed.

Material handling and Storage

SUPPORT MATERIAL   PART MATERIAL  
VisiJet S500   VisiJet CR-CL, CE-NT, CR-WT, CE-BK  
Shelf life 5 yr. Shelf life 2 yr.
Climate Cool, dry area with adequate ventilation Climate Cool, dry area with adequate ventilation
Storage Class N/A Storage Class 10 Environmentally hazardous liquids
Storage Temperature Below 95°F (35°C) Storage Temp Below 95°F (35°C)
Environmental Conditions No direct sunlight, heat, flames, or UV energy. Environmental Conditions No direct sunlight, heat, flames, or UV energy.

 

NOTE: For optimal results, keep stored cartons closed, and do not open until bottle is ready for use.

 

Always check bottle’s expiration date before loading. Do not load bottles into 3D printer system if they are about to expire. When 3D printer system detects an expired bottle, it aborts the build and rejects the bottle if the expiration date has expired for support material or more than one year past the expiration date for part material.

NOTE: When storing material bottles that have been used but still have materials in them, do not place the bottles on their side; stand bottles in the upright position. Also, in the case where used bottles with materials are removed from the MDM and are still warm, it must be stored with the cap vented. If the warm bottle is not vented, the wax will contract during cooling and the bottle’s bottom may become flat which will prevent re-engagement in the MDM.  See “Material Delivery Modules (MDM) and Material Bottles” on page 25 for a description of the MDM.

 

Support material bottles must be loaded in the left side material delivery module. The part material bottles must be loaded in the right material delivery module. Before loading material bottles into the 3D printer system, inspect bottles for signs of damage or leakage. Do not load a damaged or leaking bottle. Dispose of them according to local regulations.