The Liquid Crystal Pro comes in its own made to measure crate designed to protect your Liquid Crystal Pro. Follow the steps below properly to unpack your printer, or watch the informative unboxing video below:
Note: Please do not remove the protective film covering the printer screen
6. Vat Nut Socket
7. Allen Key
9. Print Sample
10. Spray Bottle
11. USB Cable
12. Power Cable
13. Display Port
14. Nitrile Gloves
15. Vat Film
Connect the Display Port and USB cable which are provided to the back of the printer and to your PC. Plug in the power cable and turn the printer on using the rocker switch at the back. Refer to the video below.
Note: If you do not have a display port connection you can use a display port to HDMI adaptor. VGA connections are not supported.
Go to your computer desktop, right click and open “Display Settings”. Set your screens to “Multiple Displays” and “Extend this display mode”, keeping your computer monitor as the main screen. Make sure that the printer’s screen is set to a resolution of 3840 x 2160.
If Creation Workshop or Photocentric Studio software doesn’t recognise 4k resolution and only 2k then carry out the following;
On Windows 10 go to windows display settings, choose printer screen, change scale and layout from 200% to 100%.
On Windows 8, right click on software shortcut, Properties then Click on ‘Disable fullscreen optimization’. Refer figure 2 below.
Configure your computer so that the screen-saver does not come on and ensure that it does not have the power-saving mode enabled. If you forget to do this your computer may shut down mid process and the printer will switch off.
Minimum Computer Requirements
Once you have selected the location of the installation click Next to begin the installation of the software.
If there is a USB Driver error you can download the driver here
Minimum Computer Requirements
If you are experiencing issues trying to activate your Creation Workshop license then your anti-virus software settings could be the problem. Download this short guide and follow the steps on how to edit your anti-virus settings to enable your Creation Workshop license activation.
If there is a USB Driver error you can download the driver here
If the printer doesn’t connect successfully, go to the Configure tab and press the Configure button in the Machine Connection tab. Choose a different COM port from the drop-down menu (if available). Press OK then press Apply Changes. Connect the machine again and try moving the drive (remember the door must be closed).
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 videos below.
Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – PRO Hard Black 100um
Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – LC Pro High Tensile White 100um
Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – LC Pro Tough Resin 100um Part 1
Supporting and Slicing Your File with Photocentric Studio – LC Pro Tough Resin 100um Part 2
Supports can be added using the toolbar on the left of the Creation Workshop Software. The part needs to be raised by 20 in order to add the supports underneath the print. To add supports across the whole part use ‘Bed of Nails’. You can manually add supports to your print and we recommend supports being no further than 6mm apart. For more detailed information please refer to the support guide below
1. Set up the machine profile in Creation Workshop by clicking Configure Slicing Profile then Pick Profile. Remember to press Apply Changes.
2. Set up the slicing profile in Creation Workshop as shown below. Remember to press Apply Changes.
3. If you have a powerful computer, for highest quality prints, set anti-aliasing to 7. This will take more processing power and not all computers can process slicing when anti-aliasing is 4 or above. If yours will not slice, keep anti-aliasing at 3. Click Apply changes.
4. Open the STL file that you wish to print. Click on SliceView to view the print. Adjust scale, position, rotation etc using the controls provided on the right hand tool bar in Creation Workshop. Your printed item(s) should be positioned centrally within the build area. Add supports if required. More details on adding supports can be found under the Add Supports tab onthis webpage.
5. Slice the STL file using the button. Use the Slice View tab to review the slice images.
1. Check the first slice of your print on the printer’s screen using the button below, in the ‘Slice View’ tab.
2. Return the screen to black by pressing the ‘Show Blank’ button in the ‘Control’ tab.
3. The vat should be inside the printer, empty and clean. Use just the 2 front bolts to locate the vat on the screen but do not tighten. The vat needs to be free to move up and down. They should not apply downward pressure to the vat. They are only there to prevent the vat moving horizontally or tipping.
4. Check that the drive carriages are at least 100mm above the bottom of the rails. Slide the print plate assembly into place in the printer. Push it back against the stops. Tighten the two star knobs that secure the print plate to the drive carriages.
5. On the print plate assembly, loosen the hex-head bolts that secure the L brackets. They should be loose enough to slide easily in the slots but not more. A hex key is provided in the accessory box.
6. Press the ‘Home’ button on creation workshop (the door must be closed).
7. Wait for the printer to reach the home position. If the print plate started in a very high position, it may stop before reaching home. If so, press the ‘Home’ button again. Press down evenly on the print plate with one hand and tighten the hexhead bolts that secure the L brackets. Make sure that all 4 corners touch the screen. If you press the corners you should see white spots on the screen. This is good and means that the platform is flat against the screen. Once the platform is homed and your first print is good, there is no need to touch the L bracket hex head bolts again. These bolts should be tightened firmly.
8. Close the door and move the print platform up 10mm.
9. Check the volume of resin required in Creation Workshop. Make sure the circled icon has the green check mark to give the total volume. This will include all items and any supports. Add 700 cm3 to this figure to allow for a full covering of resin in the bottom of the vat during the final layers of the print. You will need at least 5kg of resin to cover the base and make your print.
10. Wear protective gloves and measure out the resin. Be careful not to expose it to bright light for more than a few seconds. Excessive resin will make emptying the vat more difficult, insufficient resin will prevent the print from completing successfully. The maximum recommended volume of resin in the standard LC Pro vat is 5000 cm3 (5 litres).
11. Carefully add the resin to the vat. Pour in the centre of the print plate and it will drain through the holes. Close the door and drive the print plate down 10mm. Wait a few seconds for the resin to settle. Press the ‘Print’ button in Creation Workshop to begin printing.
1. Open the print controller by clicking on the far right icon of the top menu.
2. Press ‘Home Button’
3. Press Up arrow 10mm
4. Wear protective gloves and measure out the resin. Be careful not to expose it to bright light for more than a few seconds. Excessive resin will make emptying the vat more difficult, insufficient resin will prevent the print from completing successfully. The maximum recommended volume of resin in the standard LC Pro vat is 5000 cm3 (5 litres).
5. Carefully add the resin to the vat. Pour in the centre of the print plate and it will drain through the holes. Close the door and drive the print plate down 10mm. Wait a few seconds for the resin to settle.
6. Press the downward arrow 10mm
7. Press Play button.
1. Turn off your printer using the rocker switch on the back. Use your print controller to drive the print plate up until the print is clear of the vat. Allow the print to drain for a few minutes to reduce the chance of drips.
2. Make preparations for cleaning the print. You will ideally need a large sink with a good supply of hot water. The ambient light level should be low. Have a spray bottle with a hot, very dilute solution of washing up liquid is also useful. Wear protective gloves at all times you come into contact with liquids. You can also clean with Photocentric Resin Cleaner which can be purchased from our store.
3. Loosen the bolts that secure the print plate to the drive carriages. Grip the print plate L brackets firmly and take the weight of the print. Carefully slide the print plate towards you and out of the machine. Close the printer door take care not to drip resin.
4. When your print is finished remove the platform from the printer and lay it with the object facing upwards in a large plastic tray. Spay the part thoroughly to remove all the unreacted surface polymer. When you have covered the entire surface, finish by spraying with warm water. You can use a sponge or soft brush to clean detailed parts. Alternatively use a large utrasonic cleaner.
5. Using a scraper detach the supports at the base to remove the part from the platform. Handle it gently as it won’t achieve full strength until after full post exposure. Note that for large models, we recommend post curing the model on the build plate in order to minimize any possible warping. If your part is strongly adhered to the build platform you can aide removal by heating the metal to expand it by applying hot water or a hot air gun to it.
6. Fill the tray with clean water and place the part in it so that it is fully covered. Expose to strong visible or UV light for 30 mins to dry the surface and achieve full hardness. In the case of larger prints you will have to turn it over so the underside receives light as well. For larger models, we recommend placing the whole platform in water under UV light.
7. Clean the print plate thoroughly. Make sure all cured resin is removed from the underside of the plate as this may cause damage to the vat or screen. Hot soapy water and/or methylated spirits can be used to clean off uncured resin.Make sure the print plate is completely dry before returning it to the printer.
8. Once the printed part(s) have been fully post-exposed they should be removed from the water and dried thoroughly. Any support material can be removed using clippers. The part can be sanded if necessary.
1. Before starting a new print on the Liquid Crystal Pro, the vat should be emptied and cleaned. Wear protective gloves. Ensure that the ambient light level is not too high, don’t work in direct sunlight and use low lighting where practical.
2. Prepare an area for cleaning the vat. You should have a smooth, flat, clean surface with plenty of space. Lay down two layers of paper towel to protect the vat film from scratches and soak up any spilled resin. Have a supply of paper towels, a bottle of methylated spirits, and a bin nearby. Do not work on a surface that could be stained or damaged by contact with resin.
3. Position a 5 litre resin bottle near the printer on a flat, stable surface and at a convenient height. Be sure that there is enough space in the bottle for all of the resin from the vat. Remove the lid of the bottle and insert the funnel (supplied in the accessory box) into the top. Place a clean filter (supplied in the accessory box) inside the funnel.
4. Remove the two vat bolts and set them aside.Grip the vat firmly by the handles and lift it carefully out of the printer. The vat will be heavy, especially if there is a large volume of resin remaining. Pour the resin gently into the funnel from one corner of the vat. Pour at a steady rate and be careful not to over-fill the funnel. Resin will flow over the flange of the vat; this is not a problem. Use a plastic card to push resin down the vat film towards the funnel.
5. When most of the resin has drained from the vat, place it on the paper towels ready for cleaning.When the funnel has drained, remove it from the resin bottle and replace the lid.
1. Use paper towels to clean up the resin on the flange of the vat. Be particularly careful to clean the resin out of the holes. If resin is allowed to cure in the holes it can obstruct the nuts and make it difficult to re-skin the vat. Methylated spirits can be used to help clean the vat body.
2. Use paper towels to clean up any further resin inside the vat. At this point it is important to remove any pieces of cured resin that remain in the vat. Anything left inside the vat could cause damage to the vat or screen when the printer is homed. It could also could prevent successful printing. It is best not to apply methylated spirits directly to the vat film.
3. Once the vat is clean, inspect the film for any signs of damage or excessive wear. If there is a puncture, or obvious damage, replace the vat film. You can cover tiny holes in the vat film with clear tape (eg. sellotape). If the vat is in good condition, return it to the printer. Replace the 2 vat bolts (do not tighten).
You will need:
1. Disassemble the vat, dispose of the film and gaskets, and clean all other parts thoroughly. Check that any cured resin is removed. The vat parts will not be damaged by cleaning solvents.
2. Place the vat bottom film frame.
3. Lay the new piece of film over the vat bottom film frame. Position it centrally. Grip the film tightly on either side of one of the long bolts. Press the film down firmly to puncture it.
4. Move to an adjacent long bolt and press the film down to puncture it again. Make sure that the film is under tension as you create the new hole so that there are no creases.
5. You can use the socket supplied in the accessory box as a tool for puncturing the film.The square hole in the top of the socket works best as it is a close fit over the bolts.
6. Carry out the same procedure for the short bolts, using the socket to puncture the film.
7. Use scissors to cut away a triangular piece of film outside each of the bolts. Carefully make two cuts from the edge of the film to the punched hole.
8. Widen each of the remaining holes by gripping the edge of the film near each long bolt and stretching outwards slightly.
9. Lay the vat bottom gasket (with small holes) down over all the bolts.
10. Lay the vat top gasket (with small and large holes) down over all the bolts.
11. Do not tighten the short bolts. Place the vat body onto the bolts. The handles should be on the top.
12. Take 18 vat nuts and thread them about one turn onto the long bolts. You may find that you need to lift the vat bottom film frame slightly to allow the thread to engage.
13. Once all 18 vat nuts are in place, you can start to tighten them using a ratchet socket wrench or a socket driver. Work around the vat giving each nut two or three turns. It should take three or four passes to fully tighten all the nuts.
14. The film should be pulled taught as the nuts are tightened. If any creases remain once the film is taught, the vat body will have to be removed and the holes in the film stretched to correct the creases.
15. Lift the completed vat and carefully turn it on to one edge. Rest it on the table and check that the vat body and the vat bottom film frame are parallel. The gaskets should be under uniform compression. If there are any gaps, the nuts have not been fully tightened evenly or something is obstructing the thread. If the vat body has been significantly distorted by the compression around each nut, they are too tight.
16. Also inspect the vat film where it is stretched over the wall of the vat. There should be no holes, creases or other visible damage. If any pieces of cured resin or other contamination is trapped between the vat wall and the film, this
could cause a leak during use. In the corners, there may be some creasing in the film. This is acceptable as long as the creases do not extend onto the base of the vat.
17. Turn the vat around and inspect each side as described above. You can check for leakage by filling with water and leaving for 1 hour.
18. The vat is complete and ready to use in your Liquid Crystal Pro. Following this procedure applies less tension to the vat film than in the standard configuration. This can assist with release of the print from the vat and improve reliability.
Read the instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
– 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.
– Do not use solvents to clean the printer as they may damage the screen. Use a little detergent and warm water to clean any resin spills.
– Disconnect the printer from the power 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.
– 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 cable. If you need to replace the power cable, make sure that the new power cable 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 the power.
– 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:
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.
– Keep the printer and resins out of the reach of children.
– Printer requires two people to lift it from the packaging.
– 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.
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.
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