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SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby mongerdesigns » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:51 pm

Here are some helpful tips for the SolusWax resin:

Software and Resin Profile

Download the latest software update in order to access the SolusWax resin profile. Inside Contour, under the HELP menu, check for the latest update, install it and restart Contour. The new resin profile for SolusWax should be selectable. You may need to enable Beta software downloads from inside the Preferences in order to get the latest Beta version of the software.

Resin Handling

Warm up the bottle of SolusWax by submerging into hot water for about 5 minutes, and then shake the bottle really well to mix in any wax that may have settled on the bottom. Shake for 1-2 minutes before pouring some into the resin tank. Repeat this process if the resin bottle has been sitting unshaken for about 5 days or longer. If the bottle was already mixed a few days before, then just shaking well before pouring is enough.
For the resin that’s been sitting in the resin tank, simply mixing it well with the soft spatula is enough. No heating is required. Make sure to mix in the settled wax from the bottom of the tank.

If you're located in a high humidity area, we do not recommend leaving the resin in the tank after you're finished printing, because the resin can pull in moisture from the air and that can affect the printing and casting. Pour it into another container (preferable a dark glass jar or HDPE container) for storage. Then mix and shake really well before pouring back into the vat for printing. https://www.amazon.com/bottles-Lids-Gla ... 077ZRTHPK/

If you you prefer leaving it in the VAT, you can also wrap the vat carefully using plastic wrap and store it somewhere dark. Use fresh plastic wrap every time.

Supports

Use 0.3 and up supports for SolusWax. The wax content makes the resin soft for thin parts like support tips. When anchoring down the models, use thicker supports to hold it in place securely. For finer detail areas, 0.3 can be used. Do not use sphere support tips with SolusWax. They may separate while printing.


Post-cleaning and Curing

Clean the prints using 91% IPA alcohol for not more than 15 seconds. Use two separate containers of alcohol for proper cleaning. Dry the prints using compressed air or hair dryer. Cure the prints for no longer 20-30 minutes under UV lights. Curing is not required for casting, but will make the prints easier to handle and will make the resin stronger if you have very delicate parts that may break during investing.


Casting and Investment Types


We recommend R&R Plasticast or Optima Prestige investments, but others may work well also. Follow the manufacturer recommended mixing instructions and ratios.
No special burnout schedules are required for SolusWax. We do recommend a quick ramp up from 0F to 1450F and to hold for 2-3 hours at 1450F before ramping down to casting temp, hold for 1-2 hours and cast.
For thicker items, it may be necessary to hold longer at the high end or to slow down the ramp speed a little.
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Re: SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby rsaldivar » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:00 pm

so Im in 1.9.38 , don't see a NEW RESIN PROFIL , just the same soluswax profile , Is that it ??
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Re: SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby rsaldivar » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:02 pm

also , what was it you said about the latus , when to use and where it ti is ??
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Re: SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby mongerdesigns » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:50 pm

Yes. There is only one profile. It gets updated.

What I said about the lattice you mean? You can read it here viewtopic.php?f=4&t=793
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Re: SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby exedebee » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:19 pm

thanks you . ;)
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Re: SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby Mikkopee » Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:06 pm

I have 99,8% IPA. Is this too strong? Should I mix some water in it?
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Re: SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby Jewelermdt » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:34 am

No the alcohol will dissipate the water. If you ever get watered down gasoline, pour a pint bottle of Alcohol in it. Water gone.
Should not be a problem using it.
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Re: SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby CADjewelrySchool » Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:41 am

Some of you more visual people may find this short video I made useful in explaining how to upgrade your Solus Contour Software, and use the new Lattice supports :-)
https://youtu.be/qOOLLFZdbGU
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Re: SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby Mikkopee » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:56 am

Jewelermdt wrote:No the alcohol will dissipate the water. If you ever get watered down gasoline, pour a pint bottle of Alcohol in it. Water gone.
Should not be a problem using it.

You are right. Stupid me.
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Re: SolusWax Tips and Tricks

Postby mongerdesigns » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:07 am

If you are having issues with SolusWax adhering to the build plate, even after making the bases larger or using the new lattice base function, we are now selling a special gel that helps with the adhesion. 1 or 2 drops on the build plate, spread it evenly using a small brush and everything will stick really well.

Junction3d customers can purchase it here http://www.junction3d.com/buy/build-plate-adhesion-gel

For international customers, please contact your Solus dealer.
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