Essential Hobby Tools for Cleaning Up 3D Printed Resin Model Kits

3D printed resin figure model kits offer a unique and rewarding challenge for hobbyists. Their intricate details and superior quality make them a favorite among serious model builders. However, working with 3D printed resin figures can be more demanding compared to traditional plastic models. Properly cleaning up these figures is crucial to achieving a professional finish. In this blog post, Crimson Raven Minis will explore the essential tools you need to ensure your 3D printed resin figure models are clean, precise, and ready for painting.

1. Safety Gear

At Crimson Raven Minis, we emphasize that safety should always come first when working with 3D printed resin models. Resin dust and uncured resin can be harmful if inhaled or if they come into contact with skin. Therefore, a good-quality dust mask or respirator is essential to protect your lungs. Additionally, wearing safety glasses will protect your eyes from any flying debris. Nitrile gloves are recommended to keep your hands safe from resin and the chemicals used during the cleanup process. These basic safety items are the foundation of any modeler’s toolkit when working with resin.

2. Cutting Tools

Cutting and trimming are integral parts of cleaning up 3D printed resin models. A sharp hobby knife, such as an X-Acto knife, is indispensable for removing supports and cleaning up any stray bits of resin. A set of precision cutters is also useful for snipping off supports close to the model's surface without damaging it. For more detailed work, micro saws can help with clean cuts in hard-to-reach areas. At Crimson Raven Minis, we always ensure our cutting tools are sharp to avoid slipping and damaging your model.

3. Sanding Tools

Sanding is another critical step in preparing 3D printed resin models. Various grits of sandpaper, ranging from coarse to fine, are necessary for smoothing out surfaces and removing any remaining imperfections. Flexible sanding sticks are particularly useful for getting into tight spaces and ensuring even sanding. For larger, flat surfaces, sanding blocks provide stability and help maintain flatness. Additionally, a set of needle files can be invaluable for precision sanding in small areas, allowing you to reach and smooth out fine details. Crimson Raven Minis recommends investing in quality sanding tools for the best results.

4. Cleaning Solutions

After cutting and sanding, 3D printed resin models need to be thoroughly cleaned to remove dust and any uncured resin. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is commonly used for this purpose, as it effectively dissolves and removes uncured resin. Submerging the parts in IPA and gently scrubbing with a soft brush will ensure all residues are removed. Rinsing thoroughly with clean water and allowing the parts to dry completely is essential before moving on to priming and painting. Some hobbyists use ultrasonic cleaners with IPA for an even more thorough clean. At Crimson Raven Minis, we understand the importance of a clean model for a professional finish.

5. Assembly Tools

Finally, once your 3D printed resin parts are clean, smooth, and dry, you’ll need tools for assembly. Cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, often referred to as super glue, is commonly used for resin models due to its strong bonding capabilities. Additionally, having a set of clamps and tweezers can help hold pieces in place while the glue sets. Pin vices and small drill bits are useful for creating holes for metal pins, which can reinforce joints and ensure a more durable model. For large or intricate assemblies, epoxy adhesives might be more suitable due to their strong bond and gap-filling properties. At Crimson Raven Minis, we trust these tools to provide the best assembly results.

By equipping yourself with these essential tools, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle the unique challenges of 3D printed resin model kits. With patience and the right equipment from Crimson Raven Minis, you can achieve a level of detail and finish that truly showcases the artistry of resin modeling. Happy building!
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