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Liquid Crystal Precision 1.5

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Experiencing print quality issues? Refer to our dedicated print troubleshooting guide here. 

Unboxing

The Liquid Crystal Precision 1.5 comes in its own made to measure packaging. Follow the steps below properly to unpack your printer, or watch the informative unboxing video below:

  1. Using a pair of scissors cut open the packaging surrounding the box.
  2. Fold the sides of the box down and remove the red printer hood from the box and place to one side.
  3. Lift the printer out of the box using the linear drive support brace.
  4. Place the printer on a flat work area. The printer should stand level and stable on four feet. If not, you can easily adjust the height of the legs by
    using a spanner size 13.

 

Note: Please do not remove the protective film covering the printer screen

Ancillary Box Contents

  1. Paper Filters
  2. Funnel
  3. 250g Sample Resin Daylight Precision Model Grey
  4. Spray Bottle
  5. Scraper

6. USB with Photocentric License Key
7. Plastic Scraper (Vat Cleaning Tool)
8. Platform
9. Power Adaptor (48V)

10. Power Supply

11. Print Sample
12. Allen Key
13. Nitrile Gloves
14. 2 x disposable vats

Recommended Items:

  • Extra gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Access to a sink with hot water to clean the objects
  • Photocentric Resin Cleaner (Purchase separately)
  • Glass or clear plastic container to post expose the object in.
  • Ultrasonic Cleaner (Optional)

Setting up hardware

  1. Take the power cable and push it into printer power socket until it clicks. Then please connect the power supply to a wall socket.
  2. Turn on the printer using the rocker switch at the back of the printer.
  3. Take the pre-homed platform from the accessory box, unpack completely, slide it over the arm and tighten the knob.
  4. Take one vat from the accessory box, unwrap carefully, and place it centrally over the screen.
  5. Your printer is all set and ready to use!

 

Notes:

  • DO NOT remove the protective film covering the screen. In the event of any resin spillage clean with a damp and soapy cloth. If you damage the film,
    replacements are available from Photocentric or your reseller.
  • To unplug the printer from the power, first turn off and unplug the power cord from the wall socket. Wait for 10 minutes to allow full discharge (small blue LED light on the power supply should go off), then disconnect the plug from the printer. 
  • If you want to remove the cable, you need to hold the collar and pull it back.

Setting up a Print

Follow the instructions below or watch the video here

Filling the Vat with Resin 

Note: Always wear gloves when handling the resin

1. Take your 250g sample resin bottle, shake it and pour the contents into the vat.

2. Place the hood onto the printer

Starting a Test Print

Now you have set up your printer lets make your very first print! Your LC Precision 1.5 has been shipped with a default test print pre-loaded. For your first print use this print and the sample resin supplied with your printer which you have just filled into the vat.

 

  1. On the touchscreen, press the Print button, which will display the following screen.
  2. Click the test file LC Precision 1.5 test file.cws to highlight it and press Print!. The print will then start.
  3. Once the print job is completed, the platform will move back up to the home position and you can start the cleaning process. (Refer to the cleaning section on this page)

 

Note: The software may take a few seconds to calculate the print duration. The correct print time will be calculated after the completion of the bottom layer.

TestPrint

If you are having or still experiencing issues please contact our technical support team here.

Post Processing

Removing the Finished Part & Washing

1. Remove the hood

 

2. Take off the platform. Place the hood back onto the printer to protect the resin in the vat from light.

 

3. Wipe excess resin from the platform off with absorbent paper. Hold the platform over a sink, spray warm soapy water or Photocentric Resin Cleaner over parts to clean off excess of resin.

 

4. You can rinse off the rest of resin with hot water. Be gentle with delicate parts. Water pressure may damage them.

 

5. Once cleaned, you shouldn’t be able to see any trace of uncured resin.

 

6. If you have access to an air compressor with an air gun, you can dry your parts after cleaning. We recommend this for delicate and accurate parts to ensure all holes and pores are free of any traces of uncured resin.

Post Exposing

1. Gently remove the parts from platform by sliding the scraper (provided) underneath parts.

 

Note: Depending on your application, you can remove supports at this stage or leave them on during the post exposure process. For jewellery applications, we recommend removing the supports when parts are soft (before post exposure) to avoid leaving support marks on parts.

2. Place parts underwater in light (UV, sunlight or a table light) for a least 30 minutes to remove the surface tack. Parts get fully hardened by being under UV light for 2 hours and in hot water (60°C).

 

3. Once post exposure is complete, dry the parts and your print is complete.

 

Note:For any applications where accuracy of parts is critical (like dental use), we recommend post exposing in water and under light while parts are still attached to the platform.

30 minutes post exposure

2 hours post exposure

If you are having or still experiencing issues please contact our technical support team here.

Preparing for the next print

Follow the instructions below or watch the video here

1. To prepare for the next print job, scrape off any cured resin and clean the build platform with hot water and liquid soap. Dry the platform. Now, your build platform is ready for your next print, with no extra adjustment.

 

2. Pour the remaining resin in the vat back into the bottle through the funnel using the filter paper provided.

 

3. Use the vat cleaning tool (white card) to direct any excess of resin from vat down to the funnel.

 

4. Place the vat on paper towels and mop up resin residue with absorbent paper. After you can clean with damp soapy paper.

 

5. Ensure you clean the vat thoroughly. Cured resin can easily pierce the vat film and adversely affect the homing of your next print. Ultimately you could damage the screen film and even your screen.

 

6. If you have a leak on the screen, mop up the liquid resin immediately using absorbent paper or a damp tissue with soapy water or IPA. Hardened resin can be removed by chipping off with provided white card or plastic scraper. Metal
scrapers should only be used with extreme care to avoid scratching the screen film. It is extremely important to keep your screen plate surface clean from any resin. If not, you risk print failures.

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Re-Skinning the vat

Note: This procedure is optional. New disposable vats can be purchased from our store

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Pallet knife
  • Photocentric vat film (Purchase here)
  • Single sided sticky tape 
  • Double sided tape
  • Paper towel

Please read carefully.

Re-skinning the vat is a simple process but care and attention must be paid to cleanliness and removing cured bits of resin. Make sure at each stage of the process that the work surface, vat, and your hands are very clean and free from debris that may cause holes in the film.

1. Remove the film currently taped to the vat and dispose of it. It may be possible to use the double-sided tape again if it has no resin on it. If the tape cannot be reused, remove it completely and replace on the lower edge of the vat.

 

2. Wipe the vat clean and wash all parts with soap and water. Pay attention to the underside of the vat, resin may have cured here. Remove any hard bits of resin as they may make a hole when tightening the new film over it.

3. Place double sided tape at the top of all four sides of the vat. Check the new vat film isn’t pierced or dented and place it over the protective brown paper, on a flat work surface. Place one edge of the vat along the edge of vat film.

4. Fold over the other side of the film and pulling it firmly tight in the middle stretch the edges out so there are no creases.

 

5. Pull each side of the film up and onto the sides of the vat.

6. Apply single sided tape at the corners over the folds to keep the film tight. The vat should now be tensioned. Trim excess edges off. On the short sides of the vat place a piece of single sided tape.

 

7. Finally, fill with water and leave on absorbent paper to check for leaks. Drain and dry with paper towel before use.

If you are having or still experiencing issues please contact our technical support team here.

Setting up Software

Photocentric Studio

We recommend installing Photocentric Studio, which comes with your printer, after you have printed the pre-loaded test file on your LC Precision 1.5. Photocentric Studio is perfect to slice and support your files ready to print – to get started follow the set up instructions below.

Download the latest version of Photocentric Studio below.

Minimum Computer Requirements

 

– Operating System Windows 7, 8 or 10
-Minimum 2.0 Ghz processor speed 2 cores. Recommended
4 cores
– GPU capable of opening opengl version 3.0 or higher
– .net framework version 4.0
– 64bit system: minimum 2GB of RAM, recommended 4GB
– 32bit system: minimum 1GB of RAM, recommended 2GB

Installing the software

  1. Extract the Photocentric Studio zip folder and run the .msi application Note: If Windows Defender prevents the installation from starting simply click ‘More Info’ then ‘Run Anyway’ to begin the installation process.
  2.  The set up wizard will then load on your screen. To proceed with the installation simply click Next.
  3. Now select the location for your installation to be saved to. If you wish to change the location simply click Browse and select a new location of your choice. Once the location has been selected click Next.
  4. Once you have selected the location of the installation click Next to begin the installation of the software.

  5. Installation has now completed, click Close and you can now open the software. When opening the software you will see a section to enter your license number which can be found on the USB in the ancillary box, click on this section and enter your license number provided into the field as shown.
    Note: The software comes with a 30 day trial. If you wish to use the trial before activating your license simply click ‘Continue Evaluation’.

If you are having or still experiencing issues please contact our technical support team here.

Adding Supports to Prints

Photocentric Studio

1. Load your file into the Photocentric Studio Software.

2. Click on ‘Support Mode’ on the right side pane.

3. Click on ‘Generate Supports and the supports will be generated automatically for the model.

You can adjust or manually add supports to your models using Photocentric Studio. For more information how to do so refer to the support video below.

LC Precision 1.5 – Adding Supports with Photocentric Studio

Slicing your Print

  1. Click on the ‘Slice’ button 
  2. Select the appropriate resin profile
  3. You can rename the file or add a Print job description in the relevant fields.
  4. Once ready click ‘Ok, Start Slicing’  

Transferring printable file to the printer

Save to USB Save the file as .zip format on a USB stick and insert it in the front socket. Then wait for 10 seconds and press Print to refresh and the printable files will show on the screen. Select your file and press Print.

If you are having or still experiencing issues please contact our technical support team here.

Maintenance

Print Platform Calibration

We recommend you calibrate your platform every 100 prints. An uncalibrated platform may lead to failures due to first layers not attaching to the build plate or shifting layers during print.

1. Select Maintain on the screen menu.

 

2. Press Calibrate Platform and follow screen instructions carefully.

 

3. Loosely lock the bolts in the orientation as shown in figure 1 and then tighten them all fully.

 

4. When you press Finish your calibration will be complete and your LC Precision 1.5 is once more ready for use.

Figure 1- Four bolts

General Maintenance

1. It is extremely important to keep the top surface of your printer clean. If the screen film gets damaged please replace it.

 

2. Please vacuum the two chassis fans (rear panel and bottom fans) every two months. It is important to keep fans dust free and avoid overheating the electronic parts.

Safety Information

Read the instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Observe
the following guidelines when connecting and disconnecting power to the external power supply unit:
– Install the power supply unit before connecting the power cord to the AC power outlet.
– Unplug the power cord before removing the power supply unit from the printer.
– Operate on a table or flat, stable surface, ensuring that the machine cannot fall and is level.
– Do not operate outdoors.
– Do not allow resin or any liquids to get inside the chassis, wipe up any liquid spills immediately.
– Disconnect the printer from AC before storage or when not used for a long period of time. This 3D printer is connected to the electrical network with an input of 110 or 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, and has an operational voltage of 48 V.
– Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product where people will walk on the cord.
– If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating.
– Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too many devices.
– Use the product only with the supplied power supply cord set. If you need to replace the power cord set, make sure that the new power cord meets the following requirements: detachable type, UL listed/CSA certified, VDE approved or its equivalent, 4.5 meters (15 feet) maximum
– In case of malfunction, disconnect the printer immediately from network.
– Do not attempt to fix this product by yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all repairs to qualified service personnel.

Please send an email to your national supplier or contact technical service at:
info@photocentric.co.uk

Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to a qualified service personnel if:
– The power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed.
– Liquid has been spilled in the machine.
– The machine was exposed to rain or water.
– The machine has been dropped or the case has been damaged.
– The machine does not operate normally after following the operating instructions.

Safety Guidelines

– Keep the printer and resins out of the reach of children.
– The resin is an irritant to skin and eyes. Always wear gloves when coming into contact with the liquid resin. Always use in a well ventilated room.
– Resins are classified as irritants, not harmful, but in exceptional circumstances people can be sensitive to the resin and develop a skin irritation or rash. Avoid this possibility by always wearing gloves and avoid breathing
fumes.
– The printer should be operated on a stable and level surface, preferably away from direct ambient light.

Disposal Instructions

Do not throw this electronic device into the waste when discarding. To minimise pollution and ensure protection of the environment, please recycle or return to Photocentric for recycling.

Warranty

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Printers supplied through this website or one of our authorized distributors are supplied with a 12 month Warranty from the date of delivery. If goods are faulty on arrival, you have 30 days from receipt of goods to notify us and receive a refund or replacement. In this case, Photocentric will send a GRN and courier labels to be printed and attached to the parcel. If, during the first year of ownership, you perceive a problem with any part of the printer that is not a consumable, please contact us in writing at info@photocentric.co.uk with as much information as possible, including your order number or printer number. We will ask questions and you will assist us in diagnosing any issues with your product. We will send replacement parts or bring the printer in for repairs at Photocentric or one of our distributors, as deemed necessary. The warranty does not cover any damage or fault caused by misuse, neglect, accident, improper storage or repair or any other reason that is not attributable to Photocentric. Photocentric is not responsible for damage arising from failure to follow instructions relating to use of printers or other products.

 

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