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Getting Started

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Liquid Crystal Opus at a glance

Figure 1: Liquid Crystal Opus front view

Figure 2: Liquid Crystal Opus back view

Location Requirements

The placement of your Liquid Crystal Opus is important for the safe running and for optimal performance for 3D printing. Liquid Crystal Opus external dimensions are 475(l) x 415(w) x 605(h) mm, it weighs 38kg. Consider enough space when choosing a stable location for Liquid Crystal Opus. Allow a minimum of 500 mm from the top and 150 mm at the side and back of the printer. This allows space for the hood movement (Figure 3), power & network cables, proper ventilation, and access to the power switch.

If more than one Liquid Crystal Opus are being used together make sure there is at least 200 mm space between them. This allows both units to have space for clear ventilation (Figure 4).

All operations involving uncured resin or printed parts in the green state should be performed in a low-light environment to ensure that the components have minimal exposure to daylight. It is highly recommended that red ambient light is used to prevent early curing.
Choose a location where the ambient temperature is in the range of 20-25°C.

Figure 3: Ergonomic diagram with measurements.

Figure 4: Spacing requirements

Power Requirements

Liquid Crystal Opus requires a mains power supply with a voltage of 110-230VAC and a frequency of 50-60Hz. The power consumption is 500W. It will draw a maximum of 3A when connected a 230VAC, or 5A when connected to a 110VAC.

Always make sure that the Liquid Crystal Opus is only powered by the supplied power cable into the power port, and that current draw of the items connected to the mains does not exceed the capacity of the fuse or breaker.

Only connect Liquid Crystal Opus by attaching the cable to the printer first and then plug into the mains. Make sure that the power switch (figure 2.3) is off before connecting or disconnecting this cable.

Unboxing Liquid Crystal Opus

Liquid Crystal Opus weighs 38kg. To move or carry the printer safely two or more people need to be present.

Remove straps, lid, accessories box and inserts.
Remove the outer sleeve and protective packaging.
Move the printer to its designated location.
Make sure the printer is level before use.

Connectivity

Liquid Crystal Opus has a USB port and an RJ45 network port on the back (Figure 5).

• Plug the provided Wi-Fi dongle into the USB port if you would like to access your printer via a Wi-Fi network connection.
• Or, plug a network cable (eg CAT6) into the RJ45 port if you would like to access your printer via a wired network connection.

The USB port on the front of the printer is to manually upload files to the printer.

Figure 5: Rear ports and power cable socket

Installing Photocentric Studio

Minimum System Requirements

– Windows 7, 8 or 10
– Minimum 2.0 Ghz processor speed 2 Cores. Recomended 4 cores.
– GPU capable of running opengl version 3.0 or higher. We recommend that you use GPU with at least NVIDIA GTX1050 specifications.
– .net framework version4.0
– 64bit system: minimum 2Gb of Ram, recommended 4Gb.
– 32bit system: minimum 1Gb or Ram, recommended 2Gb

You can run the software using MacOS by using a virtual workstation with Windows installed on it.

1. Extract the Photocentric Studio zip folder and run the .msi application

Note: If Windows Defender prevents the installation from starting simply click ‘More Info’ then ‘Run Anyway’ to begin the installation process.

2.The set up wizard will then load on your screen. To proceed with the installation simply click Next.

3. Now select the location for your installation to be saved to. If you wish to change the location simply click Browse and select a new location of your choice. Once the location has been selected click Next.

4. Once you have selected the location of the installation click Next to begin the installation of the software.

5. Installation has now completed, click Close and you can now open the software. When opening the software you will see a section to enter your license number which can be found on the USB in the envelope of the ancillary box, click on this section and enter your license number provided into the field as shown.

Note: The software comes with a 30 day trial. If you wish to use the trial before activating your license simply click ‘Continue Evaluation’.

Graphics Card Setup

You can run the software using MacOS by using a virtual workstation with Windows installed on it.

– Your system could operate with an intergrated or a non-intergrated graphics card. Photocentric Studio by default may run with the intergrated graphics card. To check this click ‘File’, ‘Configuration’, ‘General Settings’, ‘Logging’ (figure 1).

– If yes follow these steps to enable Photocentric Studio to run with the non-intergrated graphics card.

Figure 1: Graphic card settings

1. Right click on your desktop and select NVIDIA control panel (figure 2)
2. Select ‘Program Settings’, click ‘Add’ (figure 3).
3. Select ‘Local Disk (C), ‘Program Files’, ‘Photocentric’, ‘Photocentric Studio’ then click ‘Open’ (figure 3).
4. Make sure ‘Preferred Graphics Processor’ is ‘Nvidia Processor’ (figure 4)

Figure 2: Nvidia Control Panel

Figure 3: Photocentric Studio (click to enlarge)

Figure 4: Preferred Graphics Processor (click to enlarge)

Photocentric Wash 15 At a Glance

Figure 1: Wash 15 overivew

1. Bracket

2. Basket

3. Outer lid

4. Wash tank

5. Drain plug

6. Clip

Main Features

• Timer – Can be turned on or off and set anywhere from 1-30 minutes. To increase the process timer by 1 minute press the up-arrow button. Hold the up-arrow button to increase in 10-minute steps. To decrease by 1 minute press the down arrow button. Hold the down arrow button to decrease in 10-minute steps.

• For cleaning of printed parts with Photocentric resin cleaners, using the temperature settings is not recommended.

Suitable Location

The placement of the Photocentric Wash 15 is important for the safe running and for optimal performance of the wash unit. Photocentric Wash 15 external dimensions are 400(l) x 350 (w) x 280 (h) mm.

It weighs 9.5kg. Consider enough space when selecting a stable location for the Photocentric Wash 15 unit. Ensure that there is sufficient room to access the wall outlet and power supply, space for accessories and finally, the proximity to an extraction duct.

All operations involving uncured resin or printed parts in the green state should be performed in a low-light environment so that components have minimal exposure to daylight. It is highly recommended that red ambient lighting is used to prevent early curing.
Choose a location where the ambient temperature is in the range of 18-28°C.

Unboxing 

Photocentric Wash 15 is packed in a cardboard enclosure inclusive of foam inserts above and below the main unit. To unbox the unit, open the box from the top. Remove the foam inserts covering the top of the unit and use the side handles to lift carefully from the box. Use safety gloves with a secure grip surface to prevent slipping. Remove internal packaging to access the accessories.

Power Requirements

• Photocentric Wash 15 requires a mains power supply with a voltage of 100-120VAC- 60Hz or 200-240VAC- 50Hz (depending on the unit).
Wash 15 power consumption (only when Ultrasonic is in use without the heating function) is rated at 360W.
Only connect Photocentric Wash 15 to the mains socket using the power cable supplied into the power port, and that the current draw of the items connected to the mains does not exceed the capacity of the fuse or breaker.
Make sure that the power is off before connectiong or disconnectiong the power cable.

Photocentric Air Wash L At a Glance

Figure 1: Air Wash L overivew

The tank is built in stainless steel and holds 90 l (24 US gallon) chemicals and works with an internal air flow of 40 l/min at a pressure of 160 mbar (2.3 psi)

Suitable Location

When choosing a suitable location for your Photocentric Air Wash L, choose a flat stable location with enough space for the unit (see dimensions in Figure 2) and leave extra room over the unit to allow opening the lid. Consider the ergonomics of operating the wash unit.

The installation location should have an operating temperature in the range 18-28 °C. Moreover, a low-light or red lighted work environment is recommended, as Daylight resins will cure in ambient white light. Always avoid direct sunlight. This is especially recommended when handling unwashed platforms and parts.

Always use Photocentric Air Wash L in a well-ventilated area and consider vicinity to extraction duct.

To connect the Air Wash L to extraction, use a screwdriver to open the vent on the top of the unit and fasten a 4-inch spigot, which can be linked to the extraction duct. The spigot should be purchased separately, (as a reference, please see here.)

Figure 2: Air Wash L dimensions

Figure 3: Air Wash L Recommended Extraction

Unboxing & Placing Air Wash L

Photocentric Air Wash L is packed in a cardboard enclosure. Please do not lift the unit, as it weighs 56 kg (124 lbs). To unbox Air Wash L, remove the plastic packaging and remove the cardboard sleeve covering the unit. Check that the caster brakes are inactive, carefully slide the unit out of the cardboard base, on its casters, and place it on the desired location. Two people are recommended for this operation. Use safety gloves with a secure grip surface to prevent slipping.

Once satisifed with the location, press caster brakes to ensure stability of the unit while operating.

Power Requirements

• Photocentric Air Wash L requires a mains power supply with a voltage of 110VAC or 220VAC (depending on the unit).
• Photocentric Air Wash L power consumption is rated at 35-45 watts.
• Only connect Photocentric Air Wash L to the mains socket using the power cable supplied.
• The wash unit power cable is on the right-hand side of the machine.
• Always plug the power cable into the mains socket and into the wash unit before switching on the power at the mains socket.
• Similarly, always switch off the power at the mains socket before unplugging the power cable from either the wash unit or the mains socket.
• The wash unit power cable is on the right-hand side of the machine

Introduction to Cure M+

Recognising the essential parts of the Cure M+ will increase the efficiency of use and aid if the need to troubleshoot ever appears

Figure 1: Cure M+ General layout

1. On/Off switch

2. Temperature adjustment

3. Temperature display

4. Time adjustment

5. Time display

6. Glass platform

7. Platform stands

8. Internal vents

9. UV light

Suitable Location

When choosing a suitable location for your Photocentric Cure M+, allow plenty of space for ventilation and heat dissipation, as the Cure M+ can reach up to 65°C inside, (see Figure 2 and Figure 3). All diagrams have dimensions in millimetres unless otherwise stated. Consider the ergonomics of operating the cure unit.

Figure 2: Cure M +Space requirements Front View

Figure 3: Cure M+ space requirements, plan view.

Unboxing & Placing Cure M+

Remove the outer packaging and recycle.Carefully consider how to lift and move your Photocentric Cure M+. Allow plenty of space to work and remove any potential obstructions. Two people will be required to lift the Photocentric Cure M+ as it weighs 20 kg. Use safety gloves with a secure grip surface to prevent slipping. Ensure everybody involved is comfortable lifting the weight. Follow safe lifting practice. Keep the cure unit stable at all times. Always use Photocentric Cure M+ in a well ventilated area (See – Suitable Location)

Power requirements

• Photocentric Cure M+ requires a mains power supply with a voltage of 220VAC – 240VAC and a frequency of 50 Hz – 60 Hz. It has a power consumption of 1000 W.

• It will draw a current of 4A for 240VAC and 9A for 110VAC.

• Only connect Photocentric Cure M+ to the mains socket using the power cable supplied. 

• Always plug the power cable into the mains socket and the cure unit before switching on the power at the mains socket.

• Similarly, always switch off the power at the mains socket before unplugging the power cable from either the cure unit or the mains socket.

• The cure unit power socket is on the back of the machine on the right side. The power switch is on the front of the machine, at the top left (Figure 1).

• If you need further support, or have any questions please contact our Technical Support Team through e-mail using:
3dsupport@photocentricusa.com

Introduction to Cure L2

Recognising the essential parts of the Cure M+ will increase the efficiency of use and aid if the need to troubleshoot ever appears

Figure 1: Cure L2 General layout

1. On Off switch

2. Internal Fan

3. Temperature unit

4. Temperature adjustment

5. Timer controller

6. Timer adjustment

7. Hanging bracket

8. Heater unit

9. Door seal

10. Rear light

11. Bottom light

12. Glass shelf

Suitable Location

When choosing a suitable location for your Photocentric Cure L2, allow plenty of space (see Figure 2 and Figure 3). All diagrams have dimensions in millimetres unless otherwise stated. Consider the ergonomics of operating the cure unit.

Figure 2: Cure M +Space requirements Front View

Figure 3: Cure M+ space requirements, plan view.

Unboxing & Placing Cure L2

Remove the outer packaging and recycle it.

Photocentric Cure L2 weighs 64 kg. Carefully consider how it will be lifted into position. Allow plenty of space to work and remove any potential obstructions. Four people will be required to lift Photocentric Cure L2, one at each corner. Use safety gloves with a secure grip surface to prevent slipping. Ensure everybody involved is comfortable lifting the weight. Follow safe lifting practice.

Keep the cure unit level and stable at all times. Always use Photocentric Cure L2 in a well ventilated area.

Power requirements

• Photocentric Cure L2 requires a mains power supply with a voltage of 100VAC – 240VAC and a frequency of 50 Hz – 60 Hz. It has a power consumption of 1000 W.
• This machine has been developed to work on either a power supply of 110VAC or 240VAC
• Only connect Photocentric Cure L2 to the mains socket using the power cable supplied.
• Always plug the power cable into the mains socket and the cure unit before switching on the power at the mains socket.
• Similarly, always switch off the power at the mains socket before unplugging the power cable from either the cure unit or the mains socket.
• The cure unit power socket is on the back of the machine on the right side. The power switch is on the front of the machine, at the top left (Figure1-1).

Resources – Installation Guides

LC Opus

Wash 15

Air Wash L

Cure M+

Cure L2