Tested: Formlabs Wash and Cure Stations

Sean reviews Formlabs’ Form Wash and Form Cure post-processing accessories for the SLA 3D printer. The wash and cure stations help clean up and cure prints to make them come out cleaner and last longer, and automates some of the cleanup you would have to otherwise do manually. But they also have some hefty costs, starting with their prices.

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6 thoughts on “Tested: Formlabs Wash and Cure Stations

  1. Is there a reason why you couldn’t just go to a hardware, paint, or art supply store and get those $15 two-gallon cans of denatatured or methyl alcohol?

  2. Denatured is more aggressive on the resin and you run the risk of damaging the surface finish or warping.

    I have seen some users using Yellow Magic but I haven’t found a place that has it for less than IPA yet, interested to try it out.

  3. Those cans at the hardware store are also rarely anywhere near 99%. Doesn’t matter too much for cleaning paint, but it can matter quite a bit in these applications.

  4. You need Isopropyl alcohol ( Isopropanol) the chemical formula is C3H8O.

    Methanol, also known as methyl alcohol has the formula CH3OH

    Ethanol (alcohol) has the chemical formula C2H5OH.

  5. Thank you so much for that. I’ve been looking for a good source on 99% IPA and never suspected that Frends would carry it. In retrospect, it makes perfect sense. I live near Frends so I’ll definitely be making a trip there soon.

    Also, for those that live in the Valley, if you do go there, set aside some time to go to Kit Kraft a few blocks away on Laurel Canyon near Ventura Blvd. They are to special effects model making what Frends is to special effects makeup. Both are well known in the industry and great places to get supplies.

    Okay. I can’t stop myself. If you are at Frends, walk a couple blocks north and peek into Carter Sexton, the oldest art supplies store in Los Angeles.

    All three of these stores have been around since at least the 1970’s, when I was an art student living in North Hollywood. They are the last vestiges of the type of specialty stores that creatives relied on before the internet.

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