The water content in a filament can cause various 3D printing problems, from the print being partially failed to the filament completely unprintable. Leaving your filament spools unprotected will make it absorb moisture in the air and reduce its printability. This happens to almost all the filaments. Therefore it is very important to store your filaments in a dry environment to ensure a longer shelf life. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016 for our filament dryer (www.printdry.com), now we are glad to introduce the PrintDry Filament Container.
How did we come up with this idea ?
Using zip lock re-sealable plastic bags to protect filaments from moisture is the most common practice. The problem was that small rips/holes developed with regular handling; or the bag was not properly sealed; leaving filaments totally unprotected.
Most times the moisture problem only presents itself half way into the printing process. A lot of time and filaments are wasted. We concluded that zip lock bags are not always reliable. Airtight plastic containers are another alternative and are much more durable.
These containers are usually big and can store multiple filament spools inside. Often we need to open the container either to get one spool out for printing or return one back into storage. Every time the container is opened the outside moist air just rush in and the dry air inside will be totally lost after 2-3 times of openings.
Base on our findings, we designed the PrintDry filament container just for 3D printing with following features:
- Wall thickness: 15 times thicker than a zip-lock bag
- Single spool storage: no more multiple spools in one container
- Clear plastic: no need to open up the container to find out what's inside
- Airtight: special silicone seal with 4 strong clamps
Testing for PrintDry Filament Container:
PrintDry filament container has been tested with a 750g filament spool and 5 desiccant pouches (10g). The graph below shows the changes of the relative humidity (grey line) inside the container and the ambient humidity (red line) as the storage time increases.
To store a filament spool with several desiccant pouches is a very good practice. That's why we supply desiccant pouches with each container. To keep desiccant pouches working at their best, we highly recommend to recharge or regenerate these desiccant pouches once a month by using our PrintDry filament dryer.
Not only will our PrintDry filament containers keep your stored filament dry and reduce moisture-related printing problems, they will also keep your printing area clean and organized. Now it's your turn to help us to bring this filament storage solution to the 3D printing community by supporting our Kickstarter campaign today !
- Container overall size: 265(OD) x 100(H) mm (10.5"OD x 4"H)
- Filament spool size (max): 205(OD) x 72(H) mm (8"OD x 2.9"H)
- Carton (pack of 6) size: 270x270x325 mm (11"x11"x13")
- Carton (pack of 6) weight: 3 Kg (7 lbs)
The PrintDry filament containers will be shipped worldwide! However, please be aware that for some countries VAT/duties may incur upon receipt of your unit. These fees are the responsibility of each international backer. In addition, shipping rates may seem higher than usual due to first class international shipping. We calculate international shipping rates beforehand and are able to pay for some of the shipping costs.
Distributors: If you would like to work with us to distribute PrintDry products around the world, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Kit: Please click the link here for our media kit.
Thanks: Special thanks to everyone who has supported the creation of PrintDry filament containers, especially Dov and Ron of www.filaments.ca, who shared similar concept with us. We also want to extend our thanks to the online 3D printing community of makers for giving us advice, feedback and inspiration!
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Risks and challenges
All the molding needed for PrintDry filament containers has been made and the production prototype has been verified. We don't see any challenge in the manufacturing process. We are ready to go for the 1st production run. The only remaining challenge for us is the international shipping. We pledge to keep our backers updated in a timely manner throughout the entire production and shipping process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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