For most printed objects, all the PVA material will have dissolved between 1 – 8 hours (depending on the size and density of the support structure). When no more PVA is visible, remove the object(s) from the PVA Removal Station.
Tip: Speed up the process by removing the printed part from the PVA Removal Station after approximately 10 minutes and removing most of the support structures with the scratch tool. Place the object back into the container to finish the process until all of the PVA material has dissolved.
Inspect the print
- Turn off the PVA Removal Station by pressing the power button, or press the rotor button to activate the Pause mode (press twice when in Normal mode, press once when in Low mode).
- Lift the top cover off the PVA Removal Station and place it next to the device.
Note: Some condensation may have formed on the underside of the top cover. This is normal. However, remove the cover carefully to prevent dripping water on the working station.
- Lift the rinsing basket out of the container, rotate it 90°, and lower the basket back in the container. It will rest on the internal edges of the container above the waterline. The rinsing basket is now in the parking position.
- Unhook the lock and open the two lids of the rinsing basket.
- Closely inspect the printed object(s) and determine if all PVA material has successfully been dissolved.
|All PVA appears to be dissolved||The rinsing basket is in the parking position|
If there is still PVA residue on the printed object, place it back in the rinsing basket, close the lids, and rotate the basket 90º to lower it back into the container. Continue the process by pressing the rotor button.
If no more PVA is visible, proceed with rinsing the object to complete the process.
Rinse with fresh water
After the support material has dissolved completely, quickly rinse the printed part with fresh water. This ensures the object is completely clean and prevents a thin film of PVA from forming on the object as it dries.
Only use cold water to rinse your printed objects. Water above 35º C can damage or deform the printed object (when using PLA or similar material). Do not use other liquids to rinse the product.
Tip: The top cover turned upside down can be used as a dripping tray to transport the rinsing basket with wet models.
Leave to dry
After rinsing, let the printed part air-dry. The use of a (paper) towel can speed up the drying progress, but note that fibers may stick to the printed object.
Place the object in a suitable location for drying. Note that printed parts can contain more water than they appear to. Do not place the objects on moisture-sensitive surfaces or near other objects, such as paper or electrical appliances.
Tip: Place the basket in the parking position above the container and leave the object to drain and dry in the rinsing basket.
All done! You can now place a new printed part into the PVA Removal Station if the water is still in good condition, or refresh the water first.