How do you clean resin vat and FEP?

Oh, the intricacies of Resin 3D printing! The level of detail it provides is second to none. But wait what’s this about the challenge of cleaning? I’ve noticed so many tech enthusiasts, like me, stumble upon the proper ways to cleanse the resin vat in their 3D printers. But hey, Carolina’s got you covered!


Always prioritize safety: slide on those gloves before anything else. To embark on this cleaning spree, unplug your resin container from the 3D printer. Then, gently pour the residual resin back into its container, using a filter to catch any rogue particles. Make sure to scrape off any stubborn, solidified resin bits. To give the vat a pristine finish, trust in the power of isopropyl alcohol. This guide? Just a sneak peek. Dive further for those juicy details!

Mastering the Resin Vat Clean-Up: Carolina’s Take

If Resin 3D printing feels alien to you, you’ve probably been swayed by whispers of its messiness and challenges. But trust me, with the right approach, it’s as smooth as your typical filament printing.

It’s evident that you’ve got to be cautious when handling resin due to its reactive nature. Especially since, let’s be honest, no one wants irritated skin.

Essential Tools for Your Cleaning Endeavour:
– Safety gloves (Always number one!)
– Filter or funnel
– Absorbent paper towels
– Plastic scraper
– Good ol’ Isopropyl alcohol

To achieve a flawless vat cleanup, just follow the rhythm. First and foremost: safety! Those gloves aren’t just for show. Once you’re safe and sound, detach the vat from the printer. No need to struggle; it’s usually held by two thumb screws. Gently remove the vat, ensuring no scratches or dents.

If you’re like me and love watching tech in action, you’d notice the residue of both liquid and potentially hardened resin from your past prints. Pour this resin through a filter into your storage bottle, ready for future magic. To prevent spills, a funnel will be your best friend. Grab a paper towel and softly absorb any leftover liquid resin. Be gentle, especially with the FEP film – treat it like a precious gadget screen!

Spot some solid resin deposits? Use your gloved fingers underneath the FEP to nudge them loose. As a tech lover, I cherish my tools. So, I avoid using a scraper directly on the FEP film. Instead, gently scoop any lingering hardened resin with the scraper.

Isopropyl Alcohol to the Rescue: This wonder liquid is a lifesaver for cleaning remnants and stubborn marks. Regardless if you’re team Elegoo Mars or Anycubic Photon, this method ensures your resin vat shines!

Rescue Mission: Freeing a Resin Print from the FEP Sheet:
Start by filtering out the resin. Then, wearing those trusty gloves, apply gentle pressure from beneath the stuck print until it comes free. Resist the temptation to use tools; your fingers are the perfect tool here. Even when faced with challenging prints, like those from the Anycubic Photon Mono X, this technique won’t let you down.

Battle Against Resin on the LCD Screen:
Spotted uncured resin on your LCD screen? Wipe it with paper towels. For any resin that’s being extra stubborn, let isopropyl alcohol work its magic. Spritz it over the area, let it soften the resin, and then gently scrape it away using a plastic scraper. Some tech gurus even suggest curing the resin further so it’s easier to get underneath. If the sun’s out, use its UV rays to your advantage. If resin’s giving you a tough time, an acetone-soaked paper towel can be a game-changer. But remember, patience and gentleness are key. Use a scraper slowly and in one direction, ensuring it’s lubricated with something like alcohol or acetone.