The Voltera V-One is a robust machine, but should be properly maintained to ensure consistently high quality printing.
The golden rule of good quality printing is to protect the dispenser nozzle. If the nozzle tip is bent, broken, covered in debris, or dented, the print quality will be drastically effected.
The probe is essential to good quality circuit printing.
The conductive ink and solder paste must be stored in a refrigerator or a cool place between 4-10°C (40-50°F), with caps on, to preserve their shelf life.
The probe must be stored at room temperature.
Failing to refrigerate your inks will severely impact both the shelf life and print quality! If this occurs by accident, do the following:
Ensure that the limit switches do not have ink build-up. Ink on the switches can lead to improper height calibration, which will cause poor quality printing or, at worst, a broken nozzle!
If ink has built up on the limit switches use a cotton swab with some isopropyl alcohol to gently wipe off the ink.
If you must clean the limit switch, we recommend you do so before starting a Print or Solder Paste workflow. Otherwise, you will need to re-probe the board.
Wet inks can generally be wiped off using a paper towel or tissue. If ink gets on your skin, wash thoroughly with soap and warm water. For safety information, refer to the Voltera Material Safety Data Sheets.
Dried ink that has not been baked can be cleaned by applying a small amount of isopropyl alcohol and rubbing with a paper towel.
Inks that have been baked are much more difficult to remove. Apply acetone to the baked ink, and rub vigorously using a burnishing pad. Repeat until the baked ink has been removed.
Make sure that the printing platform does not have wet ink on it before a curing or reflow step. This will bake the ink, making it very difficult to remove.
When lifting the printer avoid gripping it by the bridge. Lift the printer by the base with two hands.
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