My team and I have been using the Form 3 and the form wash/cure for a year. We have used IPA and most recently TPM to wash parts, sometimes placing the build platform into the form wash, sometimes using the basket.
After a recent print was finished, we found the build platform mount had shattered (see photos for reference).
Our assumption is that some sort of material degredation has occured.
Has anyone experienced this?
Are there spares to buy or STL files available to re-print our own mount?
Now the question you need to answer to yourself is if it’s worth to print it and replace it or just purchase a new platform.
Regarding the issue, never saw that one.
Also, using the build platform on the Form Wash, the handle never gets IPA on it. Assuming normal filling levels, the most you can get is the sides of the platform covered so probably not caused by that.
We have spare platforms so fortunately not disrupting anything. Fill levels are normal, never submerged in IPA/TPM, just usual splashes through clean up etc. Always wiped down and cleaned prior to going back in the form3.
Strange one, it could just be a defect in the moulding process of the part, or maybe unknowingly has been subject to some stress which hasn’t agreed with it.
Maybe not let The Hulk be the employee who’s installing and removing build platforms?
That’s really weird. I agree, it looks like the plastic was degraded by exposure to some chemical process. It doesn’t look like a mechanical failure from overstress given how shattered it is (unless it was dropped on to a hard surface), and that some pieces probably weren’t seeing all that much stress anyway.
Plastic can get “crumbly” when exposed to the right (wrong) environmental conditions. But you are the first I can remember ever having this problem.
Don’t suppose it’s possible someone dropped that platform on to a hard surface a few prints ago and never mentioned it to anyone?
Follow up post, second platform to do this now. I’ll get this over to the support team as suggested. Our platforms only come into contact with the resin and the TPM wash, instinct tells me the TPM can cause issues.
While I don’t know for sure what would cause this damage, I should also clarify that both IPA and TPM are compatible solvents for the Wash, and aren’t expected to cause any build platform damage. With that said, it’s very likely that our Support team will be able to get a replacement sent out.