Yeah the outside of the vat, scrapers, the removable build plate and the magnetic flexible build plate add-on… I wipe things down especially if I’m emptying the resin back into the bottle and leaving it idle for a while.
I just never wipe the plastic film since it scratches so easily.
Get the wash/cure station, multiple buckets and jury-rigged UV lights are a pain to deal with.
Awesome! I am struggling not to pull the trigger on that Mars 4 9k Ultra. 8x my current resolution, the prints would be so smooooth.
I found that leaving the uncured resin to soak in with wood and then putting it out in the sun did an amazing job if there was no dust or rain.
I use the pickle washers myself as well as the UV light. With the UV light I grabbed a clear (not white or translucent, clear) plastic tub big enough to fit whatever comes out of the Mars. Put it on a sheet of aluminum foil shiny side up. Then fill the tub with water and put the uncured piece in the tub. Pop the tub’s lid on and drop the LED UV light on top. I’ve cut curing time in about half. Between the reflections from the foil and the effect of the water on the UV lightwaves, the light reaches all the nooks & crannies and cures faster than in air. (The tub is from some bulk candy purchase I made so I’m not sure what it was or where you can find the same one. )
I have a cheap product display turntable I was no longer using for its original purpose. I turn on the turntable, point the lamp at the print and, remember to go flip it over/around periodically. I was always going to do something fancier but, this has been working fine.
I had a small one (like 3" diameter) of those that I used at first but then switched to the water bath reflection method when I saw something somewhere about the amplifying effects of water on UV light exposure. Figured it’d work for UV resin curing
When I cleaned out the house to pack for NC I found my little turntable (it was powered by a solar cell so the light cured the figure and turned the little display turntable) in the closet. It still had a model of Michaelangelo’s David on it and started turning when I put it on my desk before I tossed it in the bin (can’t bring everything to the new house).
This is the part that keeps me from getting a resin printer. I’m envious of what y’all can make with them, but I think my aversion to dealing with buckets of goo and volatile solvents borders on the pathological.
Happy Birthday Chris!!
I’m not one to worry much about messes, chemicals, etc. but yeah uncured resin get to me a bit too.
Honestly, this. I use mine less than I expected I would for that reason. Also, I very dislike how alcohol feels through nitrile gloves!
FYI - They make water-washable resins that are pretty nice. Still not eco-friendly and shouldn’t just be rinsed in the sink, but it eliminates the need for the alcohol.
I like the water resins pretty well, I have two or three colors. It’s tricky to figure out what to do with the water, as you said you can’t pour it down the drain or in the ground. I’d use it more if I had a good solution for that.
I just started using it about 2 months ago. Right now I am just storing my “dirty” water in a jug. My current thought is to absorb it with oil dry, when it gets full.
But a quick internet search says this:
… Another method is to use a clear container to put your used water in and leave it out in the sun to cure the resin inside . You can then dispose of the resin pieces and re-use the water!
I’ve posted this one before but I was rather proud of this DIY curing station. And way cheaper though no built in washing. That was a separate bucket.
is that a paint can with UV LED strip and a tiny carousel in the bottom?
Stain can but yes. It is a 1 gal can with a little solar powered carousel at the bottom. Drilled a little hole in the side and got glued the cord connector into place. I just polished the underside of the lid. Couldn’t figure out how to easily get more leds onto it being round and detachable. I wanna say that was maybe 20’(6m) of UV led strip there.
Edit: hmmmm, 10 loops…may have been 40-50ft. Lemme go check my Amazon.
Edit 2: huh. Was only 5M. 17$
YGS-Tech 24 Watts UV Black Light LED Strip, 16.4FT/5M 3528 300LEDs 395nm-405nm Non-Waterproof Blacklight Night Fishing Implicitly Party with 12V 2A Power Supply https://a.co/d/axd2h9F
FUNGDO Solar Turntable 360° Rotating Stand Display Plate for better curing UV resin printed jewelry or small items model from LCD/SLA/DLP 3D Printer Solar or AA Battery power (Not Included) (Silver) https://a.co/d/7MG4x1B
Those are Amazon shortened links.
We just got the Mars 3 (but I don’t go near it as I’m very sensitized to epoxy resin and do not want to deal with any more issues, my husband uses it).
I’ve taken note of some of your awesome suggestions above and sent them to him. Although in hindsight, I could have just sent him the link to this page. Haha! oh well.