So been experimenting with various cleaning techniques in an attempt to find the most effective and I was wondering what others have been using.
At present, I am printing Wargaming models (scale miniatures 30mm), so typically they are well detailed and I am struggling with getting rid of that final tackiness and the uncured resin from the small details. I have read through the wiki’s on cleaning and in general follow a process similar to that.
- soak and vigorous shake within soapy water - to remove as much of the initial resin as possible
- 1 minute scrub within IPA (have also tried, white spirits and other cleaning fluids), tyically used a toothbrush, but next time will be using a paint brush, am considering using an electric toothbrush at this stage.
- final wash within ultrasonic cleaner, have tried soapy water, and mixtures of IPA and water.
- Curing within water using UV LEDs for ~10 minutes.
My ultrasonic cleaner is an old one ive had a few years, typically used to clean up my airbrushes. My intention is to utilise the Moai for printing items to be sold to the public and I am a little concerned with how clean I am able to get the prints (considering the safety precautions of the resins themselves). I am looking at buying a larger scale ultrasonic bath (as I would need a larger one to make production effective).
Fellow Peopolypeople does anyone have any suggestions? I would love to hear how your prints feel after your process. Mine tend to look fine, but have a slight tackiness on contact that when shone under the UV LEDs can be seen to be uncured resin. I haven’t had issues with scrubbing damaging prints, no issues with brittleness post UV cure. Just this final bit of tack driving me barmy.