Dehumidifying Cabinet for 3D Printing Filament
Eureka Dry Tech manufactures humidity & moisture control dry cabinet products suitable for storage of various types of 3D printing filament materials. With cabinets in a range of sizes and shapes and storage capacity from 20 liters to 1300 liters and relative humidity control in a variety of ranges.
With 30 years experience in providing humidity & moisture control solutions we are proud to introduce our newest :
3D Printing Series Filament Dry Cabinet
Eureka Dry Tech's Filament Storage Dry Cabinet features:
- Low humidity environment
- Four filament feed ports allows direct printing from the cabinet while in dry storage.
- Adjustable hanging rod hanging up to 33 cm diameter spools.
- Air tight cabinet prevents moisture and dust.
- Low energy consumption (13 W Avg., 100 W Max).
- No consumable parts, desiccants to replace, no water tanks to empty.
- Dries your filament without heat to weaken filament tensile strength.
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Most may not realize, moisture absorption in filaments could be a significant cause of failure in 3D printing.
Makers often have multiple spools of filament made with various type of material and in different colors which lasts for long periods of time. Soon filament collections begin to grow and storage could become an issue as moisture absorbs in different types of material.
Water molecule’s boiling point is approximately 100 °C. Depending on the type of filament material, the extrusion temperature ranges from 160 °C to 250 °C. So any presence of moisture in the filaments will contribute to print failure when the moisture becomes steam and bubbles, causing interference with the flow of plastic out of the hot end while creating unwanted pockets within the finished object.
Some filament materials are more hygroscopic than others, which means it has an inherent quality to attract ambient moisture. If filament spools are exposed to ambient humidity for long periods of time without any storage solution in place, moisture related problems will soon appear during printing. A complicated project could take hours or even days to complete. When a project has been set to run on its own, discovery of problems are often too late. Moisture absorbed in the filament could cause obstructions to the printer’s hot end and may require it to be replaced. Furthermore, moisture absorption can also affect the tensile strength of the filaments and the output objects.
Moisture Sensitivity of Filament Material
Sensitivity to moisture and the rate of absorption could vary depending on the type of filament material. For example, nylons exposed to moisture in the ambient environment will absorb its maximal capacity of water molecules in only 18 hours. PVAs are extremely hygroscopic and needs to be stored in a sealed box or a special container. Conductive graphene is a new filament material on the market and is also moisture sensitive. PLA and ABS also attract water from the air, even if it is to a lesser degree. Proper storage for these various types of filament is important when not in use and Eureka Dry Tech offers various storage solutions for this.
Effects of Water Absorption by 3D Printing filament material may result in the following problems:
- Brittleness and breakage of filament,
- Diameter inconsistency
- Hissing steam or bubbling when filament reaches the hot-end,
- Filament degradation,
- Higher extruding temperature
Some makers has come up with creative ways to address these problems, all of which has its own setbacks.
Containers with light bulb or other heat source: A constant draw of power is required to maintain drying without control for a set humidity level.
Vacuum bags and silica gel desiccants: Moisture can enter the bag if not sealed properly. Silica gel desiccants are able to absorb so much before requiring replacement and can create too dry of condition initially. If not monitored constantly, silica desiccants can actually maintain moisture inside the bag with the filament.
Baking filaments in ovens: There are no specific recommendations for best temperature for curing filaments in an oven. Filaments are made of thermoplastic, any heat source could present changes to the filament material's properties.
Eureka Dry Tech’s Auto Dry Box is the perfect moisture control solution for filament storage. Our automatic humidity control cabinets will provide a quick and simple way to store filament without hassle. Simply set the desired humidity level, store the filaments and our dehumidifier will take care of the rest. Your filament will stay completely dry, easily accessible, perfectly identifiable (i.e. no need to open every box to find the right kind of filament you are looking for) and ready to be used anytime you need them for a print.