First and foremost: Thank you SO VERY much for rewarding your customers with the ability to try out new products. It feels good to know you respect our dollar, as well as our end products and satisfaction.
Introduction: I am a newer dentist (about 5 years out of school) and have a lengthy background in computer science and engineering. In fact, that is what I got my undergraduate degree in, but decided to sidestep into healthcare. As it turns out, that was a fantastic move because the two disciplines are rapidly converging, and it seems rare to find an expert in both fields.
Plans for use: I will be doing my initial tests on FormLabs Dental LT resin (and NextDent Ortho Clear with MoonRay), but I can't see a scenario where I wouldn't use it for my other standard resin prints as well.
Initial Impressions: Damn you guys. Your boxing is, for lack of a better term, wicked as heck. Beautiful packaging, which just indicates the level of detail your company runs at. The VERY FIRST thing I did was immediately look for the ingredients in this CureGel, because my thought would be "it's just Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly". The ingredients are up to 98% Glycerin, 1% water and 1% proprietary thickener. My next thought is, why don't I just go buy a tub of glycerin and see if does the same thing. A quick google search revealed that the difference between Petroleum Jelly and Glycerin is their solubility in water. Glycerin is hydrophilic, while PJ is hydrophobic. I assume that would mean it would be difficult to rinse off our models completely with just water if we used PJ, but maybe with soap and water it would come off cleanly.
Initial Questions: What is the main purpose of the CureGel in lay terms? Is it accurate to say it removes the stickiness that sometimes occurs on post cured models (because these days with all the neat auto wash solutions, my models aren't really that tacky or sticky anymore post-cure)? For some reason, I had been thinking it would also give the final cured product a more glossy, see-through type appearance. This was not your intention for the CureGel, correct? Also, does the CureGel increase or decrease curing speeds due to the way it refracts/reflects the UV?
Initial Results: Running tests now. Will report back