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Revolutionizing Resin 3D Printing Post-Processing: Anycubic’s Wash & Cure Max

Resin 3D printing has come a long way in recent years, with advancements in technology making it more accessible and efficient. However, one crucial step in the resin 3D printing process remains consistent – post-processing. Washing and curing the printed objects is essential to remove excess resin and achieve the desired level of hardness. Traditionally, this involved manual steps such as dunking prints in isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and exposing them to sunlight for curing. But Anycubic has revolutionized this process with their Wash & Cure Max, a game-changer in the world of resin 3D printing post-processing.

Unlike its predecessors, the Wash & Cure Max is an all-in-one solution that simplifies the post-processing workflow. Gone are the days of multiple steps and manual conversions. With this new device, all you need to do is place your print inside and press a button. The machine takes care of the rest. Sounds straightforward, right? Well, almost.

At first glance, the Wash & Cure Max stands out with its unique appearance. It looks more like a mini washing machine than a 3D printing accessory. The device features a transparent lid, providing a glimpse of the inner chamber, which boasts an impressive 14.9L capacity. But what sets this machine apart from typical wash and cure units are the three additional accessories that need to be connected.

Curiosity piqued, I was eager to understand how these components would work together. The device itself comes pre-assembled, requiring only a power connection. The real assembly work lies in connecting the mandatory accessories. This is where things get interesting.

To my surprise, one of the accessories is a pail. I couldn’t help but wonder why this unconventional element was necessary. Most other wash and cure systems don’t require a pail, so what role does it play in the process? This question lingered as I dived deeper into the Wash & Cure Max’s manual, hoping to find answers. However, the manual provided little insight, focusing primarily on hose connections and button operations.

The lack of clear explanation left me speculating about the device’s processing sequence. With hazardous materials involved, uncertainty was not an option. Would the mysterious pail be filled with waste IPA? And if so, how should it be properly handled? These questions remained unanswered, leaving me determined to unravel the secrets of the Wash & Cure Max.

As I embarked on my journey to understand this revolutionary machine, I couldn’t help but appreciate its potential for low-volume manufacturing. The ample capacity of the chamber suggests that it can handle multiple print trays in a single run, making it a valuable tool for small-scale production. Additionally, the foam-edged lid serves a practical purpose – preventing splashes and keeping the device clean.

While the Wash & Cure Max may initially appear perplexing, it represents a paradigm shift in resin 3D printing post-processing. Anycubic has challenged conventional norms and presented a new way of achieving efficient and precise results. With my questions still unanswered, I set out to uncover the secrets hidden within this unassuming machine.

Stay tuned for part two of this series, where we delve deeper into the workings of the Wash & Cure Max and uncover the fascinating truth behind its unconventional design. Join us on this journey as we unlock the potential of this revolutionary post-processing system’s capabilities and shed light on the enigmatic pail.

A Unique Way to Bathe Prints: The Unconventional IPA System

When it comes to cleaning our 3D prints, the use of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) has become a common practice. It helps remove excess resin and leaves our prints with a smooth finish. So, when I received the IPA container for my new Anycubic Wash & Cure Max, I was surprised by its size. It seemed rather small for filling up with IPA to bathe the prints. Nevertheless, I proceeded with the assembly, which turned out to be quite straightforward.

At the back of the unit, I noticed four plumbing connections. The water out lead was connected to a pail, while the other hoses were directed towards two sealed containers. Thankfully, Anycubic had properly labeled everything, although I must admit that the numbering on the containers was quite thin, making it a bit difficult to read. Connecting the hoses was a breeze, and the elbows provided by Anycubic were extremely useful. They allowed me to position the unit against a wall without bending the hoses. One thing I should note, though, is that inserting the hoses into the unit requires quite a bit of force. They can be released by pressing the edge of the connector, but removing them can be quite challenging. So, it’s vital to ensure they are inserted correctly the first time.

Curiosity got the better of me, and I was eager to see how this system worked. One question that popped into my mind was whether the entire tub would be filled with IPA, following the usual practice in other cleaning systems. Surprisingly, that’s not how the Wash & Cure Max functioned at all. Instead, I discovered tiny sprayers located on the sides of the processing chamber. These sprayers, several in number, were positioned along a black strip. This fascinating revelation meant that the parts were not bathed in IPA, but rather showered with IPA! Oddly enough, this method was not mentioned in the official documentation, but it was indeed how the system operated. For those accustomed to “bath” systems, this was certainly a significant change.

On the bottom of the chamber, I found a drain designed to recapture the fluids, along with a small filter. Anycubic even provided two filters, presumably to account for the likelihood of them getting clogged over time. Notably, during shipping, one filter is placed on top of the other, so it’s crucial to remove it before use. Additionally, inside the chamber, there was a UV light strip that played a crucial role in the curing process.

Moving on to the sealed containers, I noticed that they had screw-on lids that also served as mounts for the plumbing. The containers were designed to collect fluid from the bottom during operation. However, I did encounter a small issue with the stiff hoses causing the containers to tip over when empty. Fortunately, I came up with a simple solution by designing a bracket using 3D printing. This bracket successfully held the containers in place, saving the day once again with the magic of 3D printing.

Finally, after completing the plumbing and securing the containers with the bracket, my Wash & Cure Max was ready for action. But this is only part one of my two-part series. Make sure to stay tuned for part two, where I will share my experience using the Wash & Cure Max and its impressive cleaning and curing capabilities.

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