When preparing to receive the Form Wash, plan an appropriate area and know what to expect out of the box. For the fastest unboxing and setup experience, purchase 10 liters of isopropyl alcohol in advance and review the Form Wash system overview before starting.
Form Wash has the following dimensions: 26.2 cm x 29.3 cm x 34.0 cm (10.3 in x 11.5 in x 13.4 in). The platform mount and basket raise upward to allow inserting and removing printed parts and for parts to air dry after washing. To fully open, Form Wash requires an additional clearance of 30 cm (12 in) above the unit. Without accounting for isopropyl alcohol or accessories, the Form Wash unit weighs 6.7 kg (14.5 lbs).
Unboxing Form Wash
Form Wash Packaging
Dimensions: 33.0 cm x 35.4 cm x 45.6 cm (14 in x 14 in x 18 in)
Weight: 9.0 kg (20 lbs)
Retain all packaging and inserts for warranty service.
Remove the siphon pump from the wash bucket, and follow the instructions for assembly. Use the siphon pump to add or remove isopropyl alcohol from the wash bucket.
TIP:Remove internal packaging before use. Once Form Wash is connected to power, raise the mount to access and remove any twist ties that secure the bottom of the basket to the basket mount.
All Formlabs machines have a Serial Name instead of a serial number. The Serial Name is a unique identifier used to track the history of manufacturing, sales, and repair, and to distinguish usage when connected to a network. The Serial Name is on the back panel of the machine in the format "AdjectiveAnimal".
For Form Wash and Form Cure, the Serial Name is preceded by "Cure-" or "Wash-". The Serial Name is also available on the display. To access the Serial Name or firmware version on a Form Wash or a Form Cure display:
- Disconnect the power cable.
- Reconnect the power cable.
- When the display shows "Formlabs," press and hold the knob immediately. The display shows the Serial Name and firmware version.
Setting Up Form Wash
To prepare to use Form Wash, follow the steps below to fill the wash bucket with isopropyl alcohol then calibrate the hydrometer. The hydrometer can only be calibrated in fresh IPA with a concentration of 90% or higher.
1. Fill Wash Bucket with IPA
Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is a solvent used to remove uncured resin from SLA 3D prints. Open the outer lid. Pour or siphon to fill the wash bucket with IPA to reach a level between the minimum (7.8 L) and maximum (8.6 L) fill lines. For more information about using a siphon, see Changing the IPA.
For more information on buying, handling, safe storage, and disposal of IPA see: formlabs.com/ipa
2. Connect Power Supply
Connect the power cable to Form Wash and a power source.
Form Wash includes a USB port for the possibility of future firmware updates.
3. Calibrate the Hydrometer
To calibrate the hydrometer, hold the handle and release the tool in the wash bucket’s fresh IPA. Slide the O-ring along the ribbed stem until the O-ring aligns with the short wings at the top of the float. Leave the O-ring in this position. The alignment of the wings and O-ring will be used to check the resin concentration of IPA between washes. Store the hydrometer in the tool storage.
The hydrometer is designed to work with 90% IPA or higher and will not work with IPA less than 90% nor any alternative solvent. After calibrating in fresh IPA, the hydrometer will only be effective for measuring IPA of the same concentration. The hydrometer can also be calibrated in a smaller container of fresh IPA.
Using Form Wash
Form Wash is ready for use once the wash bucket has been filled between the minimum and maximum fill lines and the hydrometer is calibrated. Choose whether to wash the part on the build platform or in the basket.