3D Printers and additive manufacturers use resin to create their 3D printed objects, but what will dissolve resin to keep the printer’s surface clean? 3D printing devices require regular cleaning after use to remove leftover resin and keep the device running properly. The most common method of resin removal is with chemical solvents such as IPA (isopropyl alcohol). Degreasing solvents such as IPA and dimethyl adipate will effectively dissolve any hardened resin that is leftover after printing, leaving behind a clean surface, without damaging your machinery. There are many different types of solvents that can be used to dissolve resin, two of the most common are IPA and low VOC dimethyl ester based solvents like dimethyl adipate. When deciding on which solvent best fits your needs, it is important to understand the pros and cons of these different solvents.
What solvents will dissolve resin the best?
- IPA – IPA does a great job of completely dissolving all leftover resin from your 3D printer after use. IPA also has a very high evaporation rate which protects your device from moisture damage as IPA will dry quickly and won’t leave behind any pooling. IPA is not low VOC, meaning it is a harsher, more flammable substance than some IPA alternatives. However, IPA requires minimal safety gear to handle properly.
- Low VOC Solvents – Solvents such as dimethyl adipate are less volatile and flammable than solvents like IPA, making them safer to use and handle. These low VOC solvents have a lower evaporation rate, but this allows for excess solvent to be collected and reused. Dimethyl ester based solvents will clean the surface of your printer, however it is recommended that IPA is used for one final rise after cleaning to remove any left behind resin particles.
Where to buy resin dissolving solvents?
Ecolink is a trusted provider of chemicals and solvents, including resin dissolving agents. If you are looking to purchase IPA or low VOC alternatives, Ecolink has the knowledge and ability to help you find the best solvent for your needs. Contact us today to learn more.