The Science Lab
Additive manufacturing is rapidly becoming a growing and prominent sector in the manufacturing world. Over the course of the past 40 years, we have seen additive manufacturing become increasingly common, easier to use, and more affordable to implement. These technological advances have allowed 3D printing to move from prototyping to production in many industries, especially the dental aligner industry.
With the advancements in printing technology, new challenges and questions have arisen. In particular post-process cleaning has not scaled in the same way that the printer technology has. Many companies still use IPA to clean uncured resins. This method works well in the prototyping phase, but IPA is a very flammable solvent. While easy to use on a small scale, large amounts of flammable liquid on your factory floor present a health and safety hazard. Luckily, KYZEN can offer you a safe and effective solution (water-based or solvent-based) to remove resins and contaminants without harming sensitive 3D-printed parts and molds.
KYZEN 3D5420 is an aqueous post-process resin cleaner that has proven effective in removing a variety of uncured resins and contaminants from stereolithography (SLA) 3D printed parts. This cleaning solution is an excellent alternative to IPA and TPM solvent cleaning processes. Another option to replace IPA is KYZEN 3D5701, which is a solvent post-process resin cleaner. We pride ourselves on creating safe and effective solutions that do not compromise on clean.
If you have any questions about how these solutions could work for you, click here to learn more!
Why You Should Care About Maintenance
Maintenance is an important part of everyday life, your car, your lawn, and your body just to name a few. When referring to manufacturing, maintenance is crucial. Taking the time to keep your machines and facility clean and running smoothly saves time and money but will ensure a safe and efficient working environment. As the summer months approaching, we wanted to go over some of the reasons maintenance is so important.
The first reason is your ability to maintaining quality control. Complying with industry standards and meeting customer expectations, you don’t want to find a quality issue on your hands. Regular maintenance of equipment, such as pH meters, conductivity meters, and other analytical instruments is necessary to ensure accurate readings in your washer and provide consistent product quality.
The second reason is equipment reliability. The machines that we use are complex and typically expensive. Keeping a regular maintenance program on schedule ensures that your equipment is operating efficiently, it minimizes the risk of failure, avoids downtime, and helps evade costly repairs.
The next reason is environmental compliance. While most cleaning solutions are very safe to use, when combined with your soils they often can require thoughtful handling or processing prior to disposal. Proper maintenance of equipment, such as wastewater treatment systems, ensures that these chemicals are effectively treated before being released into the environment.
To sum it all up, by regularly maintaining your production equipment (including your parts washer), you will avoid costly repairs, minimize downtime, and extend their lifespan. Basically, a regular maintenance schedule will save you, your company, and your employees – time, money, and energy. Taking these preventative steps today can save you from issues tomorrow.
For more in-depth information about maintenance take a look at our Tech2Tech series – here!