Dimension has approved Ecoworks for use with P400 in the current Dimension clean station. Now you can have all the benefits of Ecoworks without purchasing a new clean station. Ecoworks is a more environmentally friendly solution to dissolve support material. It no longer requires a hazmat label to ship, no special PPE is required, and most companies will be able to safely dispose of it down the drain.
Ecoworks cleaning agent is designed to remove support materials from models built using the FDM process with SR-10 (P400-SR), SR-20, or SR-30 soluble support materials. The cleaning agent is both user- and eco-friendly. No personal protection equipment is required when handling the cleaning agent and disposal of the used solution requires only dilution with clean water to meet generally acceptable world-wide disposal standards*.
Several factors impact support removal effectiveness and time:
* Agitation/Circulation (varies by tank type and manufacturer)
* Part Geometry and Amount of Support Material
* PH Level
Results will vary based on the above factors. Below are recommended guidelines for using Ecoworks.
Water temperatures between 70°C and 75°C are most effective for dissolving support materials. Temperatures above 75°C may cause models to distort. Dissolve times with temperatures below 70°C will take longer.
To optimize support removal and meet generally acceptable pH levels for waste water disposal, the following amount (number of packages) of Ecoworks should be used:
One package (foil bag) for every 2 gallons (7.5 liters) of water. The entire contents of the package (both sides A and B) should be used.
For each additional two gallons (7.5 liters) of water, add an additional package of Ecoworks. For example, an 8 gallon (30 liters) tank requires 4 packages of Ecoworks. With the above ratio of Ecoworks and water, the pH level of clean solution will be approximately 9.8.
How often you change the solution is dependent on the tank you use, how you maintain it, and the complexity of your parts. As support materials are dissolved over time, the pH level will decrease and dissolve times will increase.
For optimal effectiveness, the solution should be changed after 1.5 lbs. (0.68 kg) or approximately 40 cu. in. (655 cu. cm) of support material has been dissolved.
Waste Water Profiles are available for each of the three soluble support materials –
SR-10 (P400-SR), SR-20, and SR-30. These profiles are based on the dilution of used solution with an equal amount of fresh water. For example, when disposing of 4 gallons (15 liters) of used solution, dilute with 4 gallons (15 liters) of fresh water.