Accessories and Tools

We are often asked what additional tools and accessories are needed to get started with 3D printing. The answer is, like so many things in life, it depends.

Below we will have a growing list of tools, accessories and devices that we use in our production facility or recommend to our customers. Let’s start with the most critical items first, safety. (Please note that these are our Amazon affiliate links. It’s how we buy our coffee. ;))

Safety Items

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile Gloves

Required if you are doing any resin DLP / LCD / SLA printing. Recommended if you routinely use any adhesives, paints, coatings or liquids. Despite the safety sheets of most resins it is still not wise to let chemicals sit on your skin or let your hands take a bath in a vat of resin. Wear your gloves.

Safety Glasses

Safety Glasses

Not just for splash protection or dust. Even the simplest support removal job can suddenly generate a flying shard of ABS or hardened resin into your eyeball! Trust us. This is not a fun event. Get yourself some safety glasses and wear them!

Respirators & Masks

Masks will protect your lungs. Your lungs will thank you. If you are working with caustic adhesives, solvents, finishing projects, using paints, or sensitive to resin fumes we highly recommend using a respirator. Our go to is the 3M respirator, each member of our staff has their own and they come in small, medium and larger sizes. We also use particulate masks for sanding jobs. Stock up in case there’s another rush!

There are additional safety items that can make life easier such as a well stocked first aid kit and if you’re dealing with resin and solvents we HIGHLY recommend an eye wash station such as this faucet mounted model!

Workspace & Cleaning – Resin

Mini Coffee Tamper

Coffee Tamper

One of the tricks to resin printing is being able to quickly and cleanly remove failed prints stuck to the FEP / membrane. A clever and easy way to do this is to use a coffee tamper with a lemon wedge wrapper (or in a pinch a paper towel). Trust us. It works. (If you’re curious on how to use this there’s some good YouTube videos demonstrating.

Metal Funnel

Metal Funnel

A more sustainable method for filtering resin is to use a metal funnel with fine mesh inserts. This kit comes with a brush. Trust us when we say “Clean as you go!” with this tool. Do not let it sit around covered in resin, especially where sun or strong lights will cure the resin over time.

Large Silicone Mat

Silicone mat

Resin can be messy. That’s the reality. We find that these wide silicone mats are perfect workspace covers to deal with drips or spills. Easy to clean and wipe down with IPA, most resins will not stick to them.

Lemon Wedge Wrappers

Stretch wraps

These lemon wedge wrappers are a lifesaver when used with the coffee tamper. Prevents scraping the FEP / membrane and allows for the clean cycle layer to adhere to a disposable bit of fabric. This gives you the ability to peal up the clean cycle layer and the failed print mess, together and cleanly.

Pointed Cotton Swabs

Cotton Swabs

These pointed cotton swabs have multiple uses. 1) To get into nooks and crannies of your resin prints, especially blind holes where resin tends to stay even after a wash cycle. 2) To get into the nooks and crannies of your vat or machine. Some machines have 90 degree angles and odd nooks due to pour spouts or cartridge holders. These help clean those out.

IPA Pump Bottle

IPA Pump Bottle

The most accessible solvent for resin printing is IPA (99% ideally). While you will need a washing station like the Nexa3D Wash+Cure station. We have found it handy to have a pump bottle at each workspace for tool cleaning, wiping down surfaces, cleaning build plates, and wiping the FEP / membrane during a material switch over.

Disposable Cone Filters

Cone filters

When reusing resin and switching between resins you will want to pour out what’s in your vat. Filtering is key to extending resin life and the life of your FEP / membrane. These disposable cone filters sit perfectly in a solo cup, wide mouth bottle, small funnel.

Amber HDPE Bottles

HDPE Bottle

Once you start experimenting with resin printing you will find yourself reusing material. Best practices is to keep used material and fresh material in separate containers in case of contamination or particulate build up. These dark wide mouth HDPE bottles are perfect. These are the 1000ml but they do come in smaller sizes as well.

Delicate Task Wipers

KimWipes Delicate Task Wipers

Lint is a pain. These KimWipe task wipers are perfect for wiping down an LCD / Light Engine, glass, FEP / membrane or any other surface you want to keep lint free.

We will keep adding tools and accessories as time permits. If you would like advise and guidance in setting up your own maker space and work shop, give us a call. Happy (and safe) printing!

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