Re: Has anyone used orange solvents for cleaning parts?

From: Karsten (
Date: Sun Feb 02 2003 - 02:38:36 EET

I've done SLA for 5 years and have found nothing to work better that
Isopropyl alcohol. If you can vent the fumes and keep your area clean, then
it should work great.
The citrus was just frustrating for me. It did not cut the SL5170 epoxy
resin fast enough.
Also, I found that the alcohol was great for absorbing moisture out of the
parts on hot summer days in my shop with no climate control.
best of luck

----- Original Message -----
From: "Deanda, Jerrold" <>
To: "'Stacey Russell'" <>; <>
Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2003 11:07 AM
Subject: RE: Has anyone used orange solvents for cleaning parts?

> Stacey,
> We tried the limonene based solvents and even got straight limonene
> It didn't cut the resin we were using at the time. I'm not sure which
> it was, but it would be one of the first Ciba Geigy materials used in the
> SLA 250. We haven't tried it since. We're using TPM, followed by isopropyl
> alcohol, then a light spritz with water. We either blow dry the parts or
> just wipe them with a clean white rag. Alcohol by itself actually works
> with Vantico 5410 and 5220. With the 5430 (high temp), it works fair as
> as the resin hasn't thickened from age and QuickCast building. Once it's
> thick, we never did find anything that cut it very well.
> In a pinch, we've used lacquer thinner for cleaning parts. It gets them
> clean, but you'll run into the same environmental troubles as you do with
> alcohol or TPM.
> j.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stacey Russell []
> Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2003 6:47 AM
> To:
> Subject: Has anyone used orange solvents for cleaning parts?
> Importance: High
> We are trying to install an SLA 250 in our R&D lab/shop. We've run into
> problems with using TPM (environmental & costs). Has anyone ever used
> D-Limonene or Citrus Burst solvents to clean SLA parts? We will be using
> either Cibatool or SOMOS photopolymer resin epoxy.
> Stacey Russell

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