Processing

Workspace

To operate the printer, you need to handle the resin with safety in mind so you must wear nitrile gloves, safety glasses and lab coat or apron - you know, safety first.

Each print needs to be cleaned and processed, so it can be a little messy. This requires a cleaning station with handy tools that will be specialized for handling resin parts.

So your tools, containers and anything you touch can get resin on it, so you need to be cautious.

Support remove

To remove support material, we recommend using flush diagonal cutters. Start by snipping off the tips from the supports and then removing branches as large groups. Try to cut the tips away from the part to prevent any surface damage.

Wear a face shield to protect yourself from any flying bits when breaking apart smaller pieces. Take your time when cutting complex structures. If you have support structures inside your model, you can use tweezers to hold them in place while snipping them into smaller bits.

Without Supports

Enclosure parts smaller than 30mm can actually print without any supports! STL models are prepared using Autodesk’s Mesh Mixer. Here you can set up support structures to hold models to the print head.

Curing

After parts are printed, we need to fully cure the surface by submerging it in a plastic jar full of alcohol. We need to let it soak for about 5 mins before taking it out and patting dry with a paper towel. Rough edges and support bits can be sanded away but this leaves a chalky look - this can be fixed with a bit of mineral oil - thanks nature!

This guide was first published on Mar 04, 2015. It was last updated on Mar 04, 2015.
This page (Processing) was last updated on Jun 16, 2020.