One week into ownership and very limited time to fiddle it with because of Thanksgiving leaves me a bit frustrated. As previously mentioned my first 2 attempts last week were pretty bad. I think I know some of what happened now. Last week a part of material cured in the center of the tank because I ignored the “angle everything” rule which had been very contrary to my 8 years of previous paid for only commercial SLA printing… The cured material came out really easily.
I was having a time figuring out how to angle the item for printing. I was struggling with the advanced settings waiting for it to move, but that is not where to do it. I figured out late this afternoon how to angle the item first then the supports will build to the item. It could have been better explained in the supports area. That was the one step up part.
Now (today) I saw I should have mixed the resin before filling the tank - which is twice now. Probably not a good thing since I dumped the tank once already. I don’t much want to dump it again.
Today after figuring out the item tilt, I got NOTHING. Again a small patch of material cured in the center of the tank then blocking all further building - also twice. It was very loosely in the tank - not attached to the plate and again came out easily.
Is that part of the tank now ruined? I am sure I did not get aggressive in removing the cured material,
My next move to finally get a good item is to switch to a new tank and the castable material.
So what about the tank filled with what is not mixed resin? Is that now trash again? I might be at 1/2 a bottle of gray consumed without a good part to show for it.
Should I “roll” mix the resin bottle or shake it? I would think that would give you air bubbles. If I shake mix the resin do I let the just filled tank sit overnight before printing?
I have cleaned the aluminum build plate off with the alcohol after a build - now hoping that was not a bad move. Did that make the latest build not stick to it?
Sorry - lots of questions, but I really want to make good parts next weekend. The following weekend is our party here. I want to “put on a show” like I know what I am doing! (:->)