While we certainly take time to check out actual 3D printed items that are meant to assist in cleaning, from the 3D printed vacuum to window-cleaning devices, it’s not all that often that we discuss the actual cleaning and maintenance of your hardware. Something rather exciting has to come along to catch everybody’s interest–and well, purging and organizing can be quite a satisfying thing, as most of us know. It just so happens to be of great benefit to your 3D printer too.
For those of you 3D printing enthusiasts who are clean freaks–and all-natural ones at that–you may be looking for exactly what 3Dom USA and partner Dyna-Purge are just releasing: Dyna-Purge 3D Clean. With a name that certainly gives it all away, Dyna-Purge 3D Clean is an innovative, professional-grade compound that actually functions as a type of purging filament in itself, forging the way ultimately to more seamless, trouble-free 3D printing–without buildup of material gunk.
“We are very excited to be teaming-up with a leading supplier like Dyna-Purge,” states Jake Clark, CEO of 3Dom USA. “As a full service distributor, we recognize that proper machine maintenance plays a critical role in the longevity of a 3D printer. Purging on a regular basis is a cost-effective method for cleaning and preserving your machine. For 35 years, Dyna-Purge has been a trusted name in commercial purging compounds so we are excited to be offering Dyna-Purge 3D Clean to our customers.”
Loosening fragments as it runs through your 3D printer, Dyna-Purge 3D Clean is meant to clear out all residue that may be left, especially when you are printing with multiple materials. Dyna-Purge 3D Clean performs with a natural flow, softening but not melting, loosening and washing away residue.
The cleaning filament is non-chemical and non-abrasive, with a natural flow that is softening but never melting as it loosens and washes away residue. It will purge all filaments and resins, and 3Dom recommends it especially for composite materials like glass-filled nylons. They also recommend using it as preventative maintenance, before problems begin to occur.
You only need a small amount of this purging filament that retails for only $10.95 a tube, available only through 3Dom USA.
“We are pleased to be working with an industry leader like 3Dom USA to introduce all the advantages of Dyna-Purge to the 3D printing market,” said Tim Cutler, Dyna-Purge Vice President.
Safe not just for you, it’s safe for your 3D printer as well, offering 8-inch segments in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm diameters.
The user just begins by removing all filament currently in the 3D printer and then heating the extruder to 230°C. Once the correct temp is achieved (and you can use a higher temperature if your filament generally requires it), the ‘stick’ of purging filament is inserted into the extruder. 3Dom recommends running 100mm of Dyna-Purge 3D Clean through the machine to make sure that it does a complete job of purging any residue you may have had in your 3D printer. Once finished, you can load that machine back up with filament and get back to 3D printing, without any color bleeding or jams.
Headquartered in North Dakota, 3Dom USA manufactures all their own filaments to “ensure consistent quality for every spool.” At their testing lab, they house numerous 3D printers, to include MakerBot, LulzBot, and FlashForge. They’ve also recently rolled out other materials, including a coffee-scented filament.
What are you currently using to clean your 3D printer? What are your thoughts on this new product and the purging technique? Discuss in the Dyna-Purge 3D forum thread over at 3DPB.com. Check out the purging filament in the video below.