Stratasys Tutorial - How to Properly Power Down a PolyJet 3D Printer

We have had several questions in the past about the best way to shut down Stratasys 3D Printers. Well, we hope this video will answer some of these questions. Most of the time you don’t need to turn off your system and it’s actually not beneficial to shut a Polyjet system down. However, when you do need to – cases include not using it for a while, moving the printer, or deep maintenance – here is the proper process and reasons for it. If you power down the printer for up to two weeks, you can simply run the Shutdown Wizard under the Options tab, Wizards, Shutdown menu. This removes the material from the print block and heads. If you are shutting the printer down for more than two weeks, you really need to run the cleaning fluid through the printer first. Different models/generations have slightly different methods for this, sometimes it’s an option in the shutdown wizard and on older models, you’ll need to run it manually with the material replacement wizard. Just follow the prompts on the screen and if you don’t see the option to fill the printer with cleaning fluid, cancel the shutdown wizard and load the cleaning fluid first, then return to the shutdown wizard. This process prevents the residue from the materials to harden on the heads, in the block, or in the material tubes, potentially ruining them. This can be a very expensive repair, so we want to help you prevent this from becoming a problem. Especially since it is a rather simple task to prevent it.

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