Thanks again rp-ml!
I've summarized the responses I've received for everybody's benefit.
ThermoJet Wax removal tip summary:
1. I assume you are referring to removal of the rough surface left by the
supports. Have you tried a little bit of Johnson's paste wax on a
2. Johnson's Paste Wax smoothes out the surface.
3. 3DSystems recommends Orange Clean Supper Concentrate
http://www.greatcleaners.com> to clean parts up after supports have been
knocked off. We use a similar product called Citrol from National Chemical
Laboratories, Inc. (1-800-Nat-Chem) It seems to be a little stronger and
works well on parts and floors that have had support material ground into
Note: this seems like a good lead to follow - also there's that cleaner
called "Orange-Glo" which has been on a lot of infomercials lately.
4. I am a reseller for The Thermojet. Recently I worked on waxes to be cast
as samples for several jewelry trade shows. I found that "Wax Kleen,"a Vigor
Product, made by B.Jadow and Sons, Inc., works very well. It is 100%
I also used xylene solvent also worked very well but, was a little more
aggressive and it is a solvent of questionable carcinogenic properties. I
also used a rotary file from Matt Wax (Adolfo Mattiello) that did not
clog, as most wax paddles or rotary files do. I found not only can a
Thermojet do parts a Sanders MM2 can't do, it can do them 40 to 50 times
a 10 minute clean up (352 jets as apposed to 2). A part could be in
production (built, cast the master, finished, rubber mold, cast for
production) before a Sanders could build one part. I had to experience it
myself, before I would comment on this. I admit some parts are better
executed on the Sanders, but I saw parts that a Sanders could not build.
This was with up facing surfaces,and lettering and thin parts (usually
dissolved in the support layer
removal on the Sanders). I have used both and as performs in my industry, I
feel it's a outstanding output device. I am partial to CNC Mills, but thats
hope that this helps, beside Wax Kleen smells of Oranges, cool stuff
(available through jewelry tool suppliers). Have Fun!!
5. 3D Systems has desribed a "citrus" degreaser, often sold by bike stores
to remove chain residue. I have never tried it, we use unfriendly
6. Have you tried the "All Citrus" Cleaner/Degreaser from Stoner? I used
before I came to work for 3D and continue to this day.
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