Perfect 3D Printer Cleaning Solvent

3D printers employ unique techniques to turn digital files containing three-dimensional data into physical objects. It consists of several built-in parts and printer bed. 3D printer bed serves as a platform to make objects. It is made up of glass, metal or plastic. Deposits of resins and inks on the printing bed or built in parts of the 3D printer can affect both the quality of the prints as well as damage the printer. To avoid such problems and to prolong the life of 3D printers cleaning with high purity 3D printing cleaning chemicals is mandatory.

Isopropyl alcohol is used as a 3D printer cleaning solvent for its ability to clean without leaving any trace. It is a powerful cleaning agent with quick evaporation rate. IPA is also used for cleaning resin prints. It removes and dissolves uncured resin from DLP and SLA prints. Isopropyl alcohol can clean 3D printer finished parts as well. 

The left-over resin or plastic on the printer bed can be removed with 3D resin cleaning solution such as acetone and IPA. Acetone helps to clean 3D printer bed by dissolving the residues. Acetone is also used for smoothening 3D prints.

3D printing cleaning chemicals

Product Description

Isopropyl Alcohol and Acetone are effective in cleaning the 3D printer building board, built in parts and printed objects. Isopropyl alcohol and acetone are powerful cleaning agent, which dissolves the residue deposits on 3D printers. They are easy to use and leave no traces or residues behind. Isopropyl alcohol cleans 3d printer perfectly and also have rapid evaporation rate & they dry quickly. Using IPA or Acetone to clean 3D printers not only helps to get rid of the residue deposits from the printer, they also help to ensure high quality results and also prolong the life span of the printer.

The 3D printer bed is one of the many important components to be taken care of for smooth and perfect end results. Before we get into cleaning it lets check the different type of beds. As far as 3D printer beds are concerned there are different kinds,of which, the most popular ones are

  • Glass
  • PEI (Polyetherimide)
  • Adhesive Tape

The glass bed is very popular as the distribution of heat is even and maintenance is much easier. The effective chemical is IPA for cleaning resin prints.All you have to do to maintain the surface without resin prints is damp a cloth with IPA and clean the bed before each print.

PEI (Polyetherimide) is used for its chemical stability & heat resistance. The cost of PEI sheets is much less and can be attached to built plate which also do a favour by lasting long. Use acetone for removing 3D print gunk once a month or more frequently depending upon the usage to keep it clean. Another handy cleaner is isopropyl alcohol for 3d printing, this can be used alternatively. Also clean hard resin spills on 3D printer using isopropyl alcohol in higher concentration like 90% or more.

Adhesive Tapes are used for beds which do not have heated bed, though there are second thoughts about the appearance of the tape; it works well. Use IPA or acetone to clean the 3D printer bed underneath as glue residue builds up hindering perfection.

There is also this constant doubt if cleaning with acetone for 3D prints PLA works? but actually it works well for ABS. Using acetone leaves a rubbery finish which is not desirable.


Yes! IPA can be used to clean the resin residue on the surface of the bed as well as to remove excessive deposits on the pieces made. Its one of the most commonly used cleaner in SLA, LCD & DLP.