Customs: cleaning stuff from shapeways

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  1. Computer5

    Computer5 Well-Known Member

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    I've had a hard time searching for this answer.

    I ordered a pair of transformers guns from shapeways in black detail. However, they have this wierd residue (I am assuming it's some release chemical to get it out of the mold), I tried using dishwashing fluid, but there's still traces of it. Does anyone have any recommendation on how to clean it further? Thanks in advance for any help.
     
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    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    Water and a toothbrush.
     
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    I think I'm right in saying it's not release agent as shapeways don't use Molds.

    They rapid print the material? So I think it's flashing from the plastics and as TA1 just said a bit of water and a brush cleans it up well.
     
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    It's the support material around the part that's been left behind (which is how they print models which have floating parts/sections). Just use a blade to scrape away the excess plastic, and then take to it with water.

    It's technically not flashing, as flashing is the plastic of the part itself being in excess. It's the residue of the support material. If worse comes to worse, send an email to service@Shapeways.com
     

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