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Here at Perception Engineering we have been running 3D printers for over 6 months. During that time we noticed that the storage of filament material was an area where consumer printing was lacking.
We started by leaving our material on the printer or on the desk while not in use. However, over time we noticed reduced print quality as a result of moisture being absorbed into the material before printing. Next, we began placing all material in a plastic bag, this proved inadequate and we were continually ripping the plastic bags as we removed the material to be used, while still struggling with inconsistent prints. The second issue that we were confronted with during a material change on our printer was the time and frustration accompanied it.
Looking to solve both of these problems with the current state of consumer 3D printing we designed and built The Filament Safe.
The Filament Safe is built with high quality materials that are both functional in this application and also eye appealing. The clear Acrylic case helps you determine what color and how much material you have remaining without opening the safe. This not only is quick and easy, but also reduces the need to unnecessarily expose your material to a high moisture environment. A large amount of testing has gone into this enclosure to ensure each Filament Safe manufactured meets quality requirements.
The Filament Safe is an airtight container that not only ensures that excessive moisture does not enter your material between prints but can also shorten the material change over time required. 3D printing materials such as ABS, PLA and Nylon are greatly affected by moisture from the environment by which they are stored. Simply leaving a spool of material out overnight in an unsealed container causes the material to absorb moisture and increase the potential for delamination or bubbles in your material. These issues cause inconsistent extrusion widths reducing the finish quality of your prints. Some people have found a solution for this problem by drying their material in an oven or clothes dryer for hours before use, but this is a time consuming process that if not done correctly can cause more harm than good.
We have designed The Filament Safe to have a capacity of up to three filament spools. These are shown below:
For your appreciated support we have set up the rewards that are located to the right. These include one, two and three stall Filament Safes, as well Perception Engineering filament in your choice of color. There are also other rewards including a 3D printed moving gear cube designed by Emmett on www.thingivers.com, pictured below. Each of the reward levels include packaging and shipping.
The manufacturing of all of the components that go into The Filament Safe are lined up and prepared for the work load that will be present. Each reward level is set with enough time for our team to line up all logistics with purchased parts to ensure that we meet or beat the estimated delivery date on each reward. We will also be providing updates on the status of each reward through email, where we will also be available for questions or concerns regarding when you will be receiving your product. We are excited to get this rolling and start shipping out the production Filament Safe's!
Why We Need Your Help
We have tested and verified this concept by prototyping our one stall safe (dim. 9"x9"x4"). With your help we will be able to purchase bulk quantities of the materials required to make The Filament Safe at a competitive price. As well as set up the necessary assembly fixtures and team to ensure a top quality product. Thank you in advance for all of your help!
The design team of this project consisted of Stephen Wierenga and Dan Koster, both are degreed engineers with years of product design and manufacturing experience in both plastics and sheet metal. The complimentary engineering skills that each of these members bring to the table are further emphasized by their interests in 3D printing, business, and ensuring all projects that leave their desk beat customer expectations. Check us out at www.perceptioneng.com.
Risks and challenges
The largest project challenges that we were confronted with in the design of the Filament Safe was not only ensuring that the container was air tight and reduced humidity atmosphere but also that it was a convenient storage solution that increased material change efficiency.
The way that we solved these design challenges was by building a prototype and completely validation testing on that prototype.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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