ActiveLab™
MULTI-MATERIAL 3D PRINTER
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Safety Guidelines

PLEASE READ GUIDELINES BEFORE OPERATING PRINTER.

Safety Guidelines

Before operating the Voxel8 ActiveLab printer you should always keep in mind your safety and the safety of those around you.

Below are some basic guidelines and procedures you should adhere to when using your printer.

 

MECHANICAL

  • DO NOT LOOK INTO THE LASER ON THE VOXEL8 ACTIVELAB PRINTER.

 

  • THE VOXEL8 PRINTER HAS MANY MOVING PARTS THAT MAY CAUSE INJURY. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR WHILE MACHINE IS IN OPERATION. DO NOT TOUCH THE PRINT HEAD CARRIAGE WHILE IT IS IN MOTION. 



 

  • THE PRINTER OPERATES AT HIGH TEMPERATURES. ALWAYS BE CAREFUL AROUND THE NOZZLE, FRESHLY EXTRUDED MATERIAL, AND THE BUILD PLATE DURING AND AFTER THE PRINTER OPERATION. ALWAYS WAIT FOR THESE ITEMS TO COOL BEFORE TOUCHING THEM.

  • THE PRINTER OPERATES WITH AIR PRESSURE DURING PRINTS. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK THAT PRINT AND PURGE MATERIAL CAPS ARE CORRECTLY SECURED PRIOR TO PRINTING.

 

ELECTRICAL

  • CONSULT WITH VOXEL8 SUPPORT BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY ELECTRICAL WORK ON THE MACHINE. 
  • YOU MUST BE ELECTRICALLY GROUNDED WHENEVER PERFORMING MACHINE MAINTENANCE; ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE IN A HIGH STATIC AREA. WHENEVER WORKING WITH ANYTHING INTERNAL TO THE MACHINE, TECHNICIANS MUST BE WEARING AN ANTI-STATIC WRIST STRAP.



  • POWER OFF THE MACHINE AND UNPLUG THE PRINTER BEFORE PERFORMING MAINTENANCE TASKS REQUIRING ELECTRICAL WORK. CONTACT VOXEL8 SUPPORT IF A PROBLEM EXISTS THAT REQUIRES YOU TO PERFORM ANY MAINTENANCE NOT EXPLICITLY DESCRIBED IN THE USER SERVICE MANUAL.
  • USE THE POWER CABLE THAT WAS SUPPLIED WITH YOUR VOXEL8 MACHINE. NEVER USE A DIFFERENT AC POWER CORD.

  • BEFORE POWERING ON THE ACTIVELAB PRINTER, ENSURE THAT IT IS PROPERLY GROUNDED.

  • NEVER UNPLUG THE MACHINE BY PULLING ON THE END OF THE POWER CORD. ALWAYS GRASP AND REMOVE THE POWER CORD FROM CONNECTOR.

  • DO NOT ALLOW THE POWER CORD TO BE CRIMPED, PINCHED, STEPPED ON, ETC. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR VOXEL8 POWER CABLE IS NOT A TRIPPING HAZARD IN THE AREA WHERE IT IS SET UP.

 

CHEMICAL

  • THE SDS (SAFETY DATA SHEETS) FOR THE VOXEL8 PRINTING AND PURGE MATERIALS COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR ACTIVELAB ARE LOCATED HERE. WE RECOMMEND YOU READ BOTH ENTIRELY, BEFORE PRINTING OR HANDLING MATERIALS.
  • APPROPRIATE PPE SHOULD BE WORN WHEN WORKING IN THE AREA AROUND THE ACTIVELAB SYSTEM. CERTIFIED SAFETY GLASSES AND NEOPRENE OR LATEX GLOVES ARE REQUIRED WHILE PERFORMING THE FOLLOWING TASKS:

    • LOADING OR UNLOADING MATERIAL CARTRIDGES
    • PLACING OR REMOVING MEDIA ON/OFF THE PRINT BED
    • ADDING CLEANING SOLVENT TO SPONGE
    • REPLACING SPONGS
    • TOUCHING SURFACES INSIDE THE ACTIVELAB ENCLOSURE
    • PLACING IN OR REMOVING ITEMS FROM OVEN
    • CLEANING THE PRINTER
    • HANDLING HAZARDOUS WASTE BUCKET
  • A LAB COAT IS RECOMMENDED WHEN DOING MAINTENANCE WORK (PRINTHEAD DISASSEMBLY AND CLEANING, WASTE CONTAINER REMOVAL, ETC.)

  • ACTIVELAB SURFACES SHOULD PERIODICALLY BE SPRAYED WITH ISOCYANATE DECONTAMINATION SOLUTION TO PREVENT SURFACE EXPOSURE.

  • OBSERVE ALL SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HANDLING ISOCYANATES AND UNDERSTAND THE RISKS INVOLVED. IF A USER EXPERIENCES ALLERGIC RESPONSES AFTER COMING IN CONTACT WITH VOXEL8 MATERIALS, CONSULT A MEDICAL PROVIDER. 

  • RUN THE VOXEL8 PRINTER IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA.

  • WHEN OPERATING IN SPRAY MODE, THE ACTIVELAB PRINTER MUST BE CONNECTED TO A FILTERED EXHAUST SYSTEM AS SPECIFIED IN THE USER'S MANUAL.

  • WHEN HANDLING UNCURED PRINT MATERIAL OR PURGE MATERIAL, WEAR DISPOSABLE NEOPRENE OR THICK LATEX GLOVES (04.MM).

  • USERS SHOULD WASH THEIR HANDS IMMEDIATELY AFTER COMING IN CONTACT WITH ANY UNCURED MATERIAL. 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

  • DO NOT PLACE THE PRINTER NEXT TO A HEAT SOURCE SUCH AS A HEATING VENT OR OTHER ITEM THAT GENERATES SIGNIFICANT THERMAL ENERGY.



  • DO NOT EXPOSE THE PRINTER TO WATER OR MOISTURE.

  • DO NOT PLACE DRINKS OR OTHER LIQUIDS ON OR NEAR THE PRINTER.

  • IN THE CASE OF SPILLS, IMMEDIATELY UNPLUG FROM THE POWER OUTLET AND THEN COMPLETELY DRY IT BEFORE POWERING IT BACK ON.

 

OPERATIONAL

  • THE VOXEL8 PRINTER SHOULD BE OPERATED BY TRAINED PERSONNEL ONLY.

  • SAFETY GLASSES MUST BE WORN ANYTIME THE DOORS OF THE MACHINE ARE OPEN.

  • PRIOR TO OPENING THE DOOR OR SIDE WINDOW OF THE PRINTER, ENSURE NOTHING AND NO ONE IS IN THE PATH OF THE DOOR MOTION.

  • AN OPERATION SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRESENT DURING MACHINE OPERATION. THIS IS ESSENTIAL FOR PROTOTYPE AND SMALL RUN PRINTS. 

  • DO NOT EXPOSE THE PRINTER TO EXCESSIVE VIBRATIONS; ESPECIALLY DURING THE BUILD PLATE SCANNING PROCEDURE WHICH REQUIRE SENSITIVE LASER READINGS.

  • IN THE EVENT OF A SERIOUS OPERATING ISSUE, PRESS THE EMERGENCY STOP IMMEDIATELY AND UNPLUG THE PRINTER. CONTACT VOXEL8 SUPPORT FOR NEXT STEPS.

  • BE SURE TO AVOID SKIN CONTACT WITH UNCURED MATERIAL WHEN REMOVING PRINTED PARTS FROM THE PRINT FRAME.


Refer to the Maintenance page, later, for more information about how to take care of your Voxel8 ActiveLab printer.

 

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