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How to Use a 3-D Printer: Removing the Item From the Tray

Printed on a 3-D printer, the small model of Kevin's sculpture The Runner is finally finished. Kevin takes the printed sculpture out of the 3-D printer after about 6-1/2 hours. Now that its finished printing, the table has dropped and the printheads are out of the way, he pulls out the print tray and shows each side of the printed sculpture and the webbing that the machine added to help hold up the piece as it was being built. Eventually all the webbing will be ground away - it can be recycled - and the sculpture itself will be revealed. Next, Kevin takes the tray and printed sculpture out to his kitchen where he points out the glue on the print tray. Then he sets the tray and still-attached printed sculpture in his sink and adds enough hot water to cover the base. He learned the hard way (Mistake #3) not to use boiling or nearly boiling water, as it can actually melt the plastic media. After fifteen minutes, he takes the tray and sculpture, which is still attached to the tray, out of the sink and uses a small metal scraper that was supplied with the CubeX 3-D printer to pop the printed sculpture off of the tray. Kevin is then able to show the sculpture from the bottom, making it easier to see the webbing that will next be removed with scissors and perhaps a Dremel. With a lot of cleanup to do, Kevin will print a 2-D image of the sculpture to consult as he works. You'll see the cleanup in the next video about 3-D printing.

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