Laser Cutter/How to clean the honeycomb

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The honeycomb is can get really crusty and need to be cleaned.

[image of build up on the honeycomb]

 

A dirty honeycomb can effect:

  • Air quality
  • Burn-back and overburn
  • Causeflare-ups
  • Blow ash around and foul the lens and degrade the belts

 

This project takes between 2 to 4 hours usually depending on the dry time. It takes about 30 min. or so of actual work. This project should be done outside in an empty parking spot when the loading dock is not being used heavily. 

Before you start it is always nice to take before and after photos t post to this page... it will help the next person know what to expect.

Materials and tools needed

  • Spigot handle
  • Hose
  • High-pressure spray nozzle.
  • Small pipe brushes
  • Shop towels or rags

Cleaners

Best: Carbon off Spray - from Amazon or the hardware store

Okay: Easy-off Fume free oven cleaner. this one will require an additional spray bottle of vinegar and water and you have to be very mindful not to leave it on too long. There are many horror stories. Do Not use Easy-off Heavy duty as it is not safe for aluminum.

Cleaning Steps when using Carbon Off

Make sure during this whole process that you are not bending or twisting the honeycomb. This needs to stay level for good focus.

  1. Take the honeycomb to a shady spot if possible
  2. spray on the carbon off thickly to both sides
  3. Wait about 30 min. for the product to do its thing. Thicker build-up may need longer than 30 min. may take up to 2 hours. (we should test and take pictures)
  4. Take to a nice sunny spot and rinse down really well with the hose using high pressure. 
  5. Make sure to rinse down both sides and be sure to rotate several times to avoid crud settling in the edges.
  6. Next, in a clean area, rotate and gently shake off excess water. It may take some patience to get all the water out of the edges
  7. Let it sit in direct sunlight until it is dry. You may want to put a note on it that it is Drying so nobody takes it as scrap.
    1. If it doesn't dry easily or the weather is shit, you can bring heat gun and out and use it as a dryer. Be careful not to burn yourself on the hot honeycomb if you do this. 
    2. Fans are also a drying option.

 

Cleaning Steps when using Easy Off

Make sure during this whole process that you are not bending or twisting the honeycomb. This needs to stay level for good focus.

  1. Take the honeycomb to a shady spot if possible
  2. spray easy off the product on one side and wait about 10 min.
  3. Rinse down really well with the hose using high pressure. and shake off the excess water
  4. Spray Easy off on the back side and wait 10 min.
  5. Rinse down really well with the hose using high pressure. and shake off the excess water
  6. Make sure to rinse down both sides and be sure to rotate several times to avoid crud settling in the edges.
  7. Next, in a clean area, rotate and gently shake off excess water. It may take some patience to get all the water out of the edges
  8. Let it sit in direct sunlight until it is dry. You may want to put a note on it that it is Drying so nobody takes it as scrap.
    1. If it doesn't dry easily or the weather is shit, you can bring heat gun and out and use it as a dryer. Be careful not to burn yourself on the hot honeycomb if you do this. 
    2. Fans are also a drying option.

Video

Check out this video of a similar laster and honeycomb bed being cleaned. Notice ours is much, much worse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1xZR0CIarM