The Resin Printer Toolbox.
Not all printers are the same. When you are dealing with Resin printers like the Wanhao Duplicator 7 (D7) and Anycubic Photon, you have some special tools to finish processing the prints. Here is a quick guide on some of the tools to help you remove, clean and finish your Resin prints.
- Nitrile Exam Gloves are a must have. They keep the resin off your fingers protecting you from the material.
- Safety Glasses. Inexpensive, last a long time. Protect your eyes.
- Artist Pallet. I use this to pry the prints off the plate. This works better than a scraper, usually since they are so thin.
- Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) or Rubbing Alcohol is needed to remove the resin from the outside of the print. You will need a lot of this for prost processing.
- A Large Strainer is good for putting parts in and move between your Isopropyl Alcohol and water to clean your prints. I have one I picked up from the local Asian Market for a few dollars.
- Funnels with Filters: Metal Funnels (Here is an inexpensive one from AliExpress) are good to get the resin back into the bottle for later use. I’ve also printed one of these, and use it with the sieve that was in one of the paper funnels: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2820545 I’ve used the same sieve about 5 times, so far. After done, toss it in the IPA to rinse the resin off.
- UV Nail Dryer is needed to finish curing the resin. Inexpensive and easy to use.
- A plastic scraper to reduce wear on the build plate and help you get prints off is a good idea.
- Scott Shop Towels let you quickly clean the parts. These are heavy duty shop towels to stand up to rigorous cleaning. I usually use Paper Towels.
- An inexpensive Razor Glass scraper can also be used to help get prints off the build plate.
- Exacto Knives are great for removing extra pieces on the print and in general, just cleaning the print up.
- A Jewelry Polishing Machine is nice for cleaning your prints as well. Makes things a little easy to get the last bits cleaned up. I use two of these for cleaning. One for IPA one for soapy water. Along with that, I have printed this out: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2889333 Honestly, I really only have ever used the part that goes into it, and not put together the stands.
If I’ve missed something please let me know in the comments so I can add them. I am sure there are a bunch of tips out there that I have not thought about yet for this style of printing.