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UV Resin Range

Supported Printers

UV DLP Resins

Compatible with UV DLP Printers such as Flashforge Hunter, MoonRay, Asiga Pro2, Asiga Pico, Envisontec Perfactory

UV LCD Resins

Compatible with UV LCD printers such as Anycubic Photon, Wanhao D7, Phrozen Shuffle, Sparkmaker, Kudo Bean

UV Laser Resins

Compatible with UV Laser printers such as Form 1+, Form 2, Peopoly Maoi, Nobel 

Resin Settings

UV Laser Resin Settings

Settings to use our range of UV Laser resins on the Formlabs 1/1+/2 printers in open mode.

For detailed parts, we recommend you use the detailed setting.

Using in the Form 2 – upload prints in the usual manner. Turn on the open mode on the printer following Formlabs instructions here. Pour the resin directly into the Formlabs vat and start your print. After 100 mL is used up, just top the resin up as prompted and continue.

 

Vat maintenance – after printing, remove the resin from the vat by filtering into a container or back into the resin bottle. This helps keeps the vats going for longer. Clean the inside of the vat with soap and water. Do NOT use IPA as this can lead to cracks in the acrylic surround of the vat.

If you are using a laser printer that’s not Formlabs, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on slicing and then pour the resin into the vat and start printing.

UV LCD Resin Settings

Below is a complete profile set of recommended settings for the UV LCD range to use on the Wanhao D7 and Anycubic Photon printer ranges.

To access these profiles in creation workshop, download and extract the profiles below. Then copy the ones required to the ‘Profiles’ folder in your Creation Workshop folder. Make sure that only the “.slicing” files are in the profiles folder.

The recommended settings containing in these profiles are designed to achieve successful prints however for optimal results you may need to adjust your settings slightly depending on the model part, model supports and orientation. If this is the case, you can manually adjust the settings to best suit your printing requirements.

UV DLP Resin Settings- Coming 2019

Post cleaning and Postcuring

Resin Cleaner

If you are using our Photocentric resin cleaner, please refer to the instructions here. Note we do not advise using Resin Cleaner with Ultraflex resin.

Water Washable

Our resins are water washable but we advise using soap as well. Doing so with hot water will give you the best results. After washing away residual resin, submerge the parts in water and place under a UV light for 10 minutes, rotating the part every 2.5 minutes to ensure all sides are hit by light. Then follow the post exposure routine that is recommended with your chosen resin.

Using IPA

Most our resin can also be cleaned off using IPA. Do not use on Ultraflex or Flexible as this may lead the parts to feel tacky once the postcure has finished. Once the resin has been cleaned off, submerge the parts in water and place under a UV light for 10 minutes, rotating the part every 2.5 minutes to ensure all sides are hit by light. Then follow the post exposure routine that is recommended with your chosen resin.

Post Exposing

All resins will need to be post exposed to UV light to obtain the mechanical properties found in the TDS (Refer to the Technical Data tab for more info). Depending on the resin you have chosen, the post exposure will change. The three current post exposures we recommend are curing for 2 hours using a UV light such as a nail curer at room temperature, curing for 2 hours at 60°C with UV light exposure, or curing for 2 hours at 80°C with UV light exposure. Such units could be the Formcure or the CUREbox.

Print Troubleshooting

Casting Issues

If you are having issues casting using the castable resins please refer to the instructions here

Holes appearing in the side of prints

Holes in the sides are often caused by blowouts due to air cupping. This is caused by either hollow parts or parts where a large air gap is present in the print and there is no air gap for the air to release through. Please refer to hollowing prints below for more information if you are still experiencing difficulties. 

Hollowing Prints

It is possible to hollow out prints using software such as Meshmixer or Tinkercad but this can also be done using Photocentric Studio. Always keep in mind that there needs to be drain holes to allow the flow of air throughout any hollow structure. It will form a cupping effect if the air has nowhere to go which leads to failures in the prints called “blowouts”.  Adding an air release hole into a print will help stop this.

Platform adhesion issues

If the print is removing itself from the print bed and remaining within the vat after a print, try increasing the base layer time (also known as the burn in time). This will aid in forming a strong bond between parts and the build platform.

If you are experiencing adhesion issues on a Formlabs printer, try reducing the platform z height by following the instructions found on Formlabs website here

Lack of details on prints

If you are finding that your prints are not coming out as well defined when using our resin, it is possible that the cure time you are using is incorrect. Try printing using our test piece here using your time. If the text is coming out very thin and there are many poles missing, increase the cure time and print again. If the text is coming out thick and blurred, all the poles are present but a large number of holes are filled in, the cure time is too high. Try reducing it.

My printer doesn’t have variable settings

When settings on the printer can’t be varied, we advise using the standard settings that the printer comes with such as the Clear and Black settings on the Formlabs printers.

Print failing on supports

It is important to ensure that enough supports are being used to print your part. Try increasing the number of the supports and the diameter of the poles. If they are still breaking around the point that connects the support to part, try increasing tip diameter. Certain resins, such as Flexible and Ultraflex, will need larger supports diameters and tip size due to the lower strength in the green state.

Prints cracking

Parts can crack if not enough supports are added to the part. Increase the number of supports to avoid the parts from moving too much during the print and stop cracks.

Technical Data

If you require full technical specifications for any of our UV resins you can download the Technical Data Sheet for each resin below.

UV DLP

UV Laser

UV LCD

Handling the resins

The resins are acrylic based and therefore can cause irritation to people or reactions to the skin. Always wear gloves when handling to reduce the contact with resin that you may have. When adding resin to the vat or removing from the vat, keep out of direct sun light or strong light to avoid chances of curing. Sunlight coming through windows can also lead UV resin to harden.

Storage

All resin should be poured and kept out of direct sunlight or sources of UV light (nail curers, post cure box etc) and stored within a light proof bottle such as the bottle the resin arrives in. Filter the resin before storage to remove possible bits that may be present from a previous print. Filters can be purchased from our store here.

Saftey Data Sheets

If you require detailed safety information on any of our resins you can download the Safety Data sheet below.

UV DLP

UV Laser

UV LCD