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How to Add Visijet PXL Core to Your Projet x60 Series 3D Printer

At this point you should have gone through a few full builds on your Projet x60 series 3D printer and the feeder will need to be refilled with the Visijet PXL Core material. This is normal and should be a part of your routine maintenance and pre-printing check list. How often you will need to fill the feeder with Core will depend on your usage and the amount of materials you are using per print. There are many ways to save cost and reduce the amount of Core and binder used for each print but that is a blog post on its own.

Safely Handling Visijet PXL Core

Before we start talking about adding Core to the printer we should talk about taking the proper safety precautions while handling the Core material. The Visijet PXL Core is a powder type material similar to plaster and is non-toxic so coming in contact with the Core shouldn’t be a big concern compared to other printing technologies but it is best to follow the safety guidelines while handling the material during model removal and maintenance. You should wear nitrile gloves to minimize skin contact, safety goggles to protect your eyes, a face mask to avoid inhaling the Core material and a lab coat to protect your clothes from the Core material during handling.

The Visijet PXL Core material can be an irritant if large quantities of it are inhaled, causing your throat to become scratchy, so it is best to avoid blowing the powder into the air while de-powdering and handling. If you come into skin contact with the Core, washing with soap and water will easily remove the material. For more information on the Visijet PXL Core material you should review the Material Safety Data Sheet found on 3D Systems’ Info Center. 

Before Adding Visijet PXL Core

Now that we have gotten the safety procedures out of the way, we can move on to adding the Visijet PXL Core material into your CJP 3D Printer. It is best to start by making sure the debris separator is cleaned and emptied then make sure the excess powder around the build chamber, on the build platform, deck and de-powdering station have been vacuumed using the user hose.

Adding Visijet PXL Core - Build Chamber
Excess Core From Build Chamber Should Be Vacuumed
Adding Visijet PXL Core - De-Powdering
Vacuum The Excess Powder on the De-powdering Station

Run the “Clean Parts” menu option until the debris separator stops pulling material through it. This will make sure the de-powdering station overflow and hoses are clear of any powder that may have been left from previous usage. Next you will need to check the front overflows, by looking inside the grill and making sure it is empty. If it is not empty you can run the “Empty Front Overflow” command and the “Empty Rear Overflow” command found in the Service Menu or by rebooting the printer. Once you have checked the overflows and recovered all the excess Core material around the printer we can start to add the Core material from the Visijet PXL Core eco-drum.

Adding Visijet PXL Core

To add the Core material, first place the eco-drum on the build tray or inside the de-powdering station and then select the “Vacuum” option on the LCD menu.

Adding Visijet PXL Core - Vacuum Command
Running the Vacuum Command On The Projet x60 Series 3D Printer

Once the vacuum is running take the user hose and begin to vacuum the Core from the eco-drum.

Adding Visijet PXL Core - Eco-Drum
Adding The Visijet PXL Core From The Eco-Drum

While vacuuming, make sure you keep an eye on the debris separator and the feeder level displayed on the LCD screen.

Adding Visijet PXL Core - Feeder Level
While Vacuuming The Visijet PXL Core Into The Projet x60 Series Printer It Will Display The Feeder Level

You can fill the printer up to 8 inches but once it gets passed 8 inches, you will get the below feeder is full message with an option to keep the vacuum on.

Adding Visijet PXL Core - Feeder Full
Feeder Will Display A Warning When Full

Remove the user hose from the eco-drum and turn off the vacuum.  If you were to continue to add powder the feeder will display a “Feeder Limit” alert message and shut the vacuum off.

Adding Visijet PXL Core - Feeder Limit
When You Keep Adding Powder After the Feeder Displays The Feeder Full Message

When the feeder reaches its limit, it will shut off and you will not be able to run the vacuum again until room is made by running the “Fill Bed” command. If the feeder is filled to the top and you try to print a model, it will fail at the empty overflow operation it performs before each print job. Also, failing to empty the overflows may cause the overflows to jam and the PXL Core material will start to spill all over the deck and around the fast axis causing a mess which will damage your print heads or printed model. This is why it is best to add the powder cautiously around the 7.5-inch mark and wait to let the debris separator empty completely before adding more powder, only vacuuming in small spurts until you reach the 8-inch limit.

Once the printer is filled up to 8 inches you are ready to send your print job and continue the production of your 3D models. Optionally, you can run the “Fill Bed” command to speed up the start of your next print job.

As always if you are running into any issues or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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About the author

Arun is an IT & 3D Printing Specialist focused on servicing & maintaining clients' 3D printers. He started working at Microsol in 2012, during the start of the 3D printing revolution & making sure everyone is 3D printing with ease ever since.