For most DIY enthusiasts the cost and risk associated with flaws in final prints is small, as the final application and end-use is generally limited to trinkets and experiments with minimal consequence. Meanwhile, failed builds pile up, tinkering leads to more tinkering, and the root of the problem, from feeder jams to poor surface finish remains undiagnosed.
If you’re wondering why moisture is so problematic for 3D printer filament, see our previous post and learn more about how quickly moisture saturation impacts filament stored in room conditions.
For commercial applications that require large quantities of filaments spools and project turnover on tight deadlines, temperature and humidity controlled storage is a cost-effective option that eliminates variables and volatility. If a 3D printing filament storage prevents one failed build of 80+ hours with expensive engineering-grade thermoplastics, at $375, an automatic 3D printing dry cabinet has already paid for itself.
Why Is This the Best 3D Printing Filament Storage Cabinet of 2018?
StatPro’s is known for its high-end desiccant dry cabinet technology used for humidity and temperature control in cleanroom and electronics manufacturing.
It’s newest filament dry cabinet is designed specifically for storing 3D printing filament and support materials at a price anyone with a 3D printer can afford. Automatic humidity controlled cabinets provides a quick and simple way to store filament without hassle. Better yet, the feeder ports allow you to feed your 3D printer without ever opening the cabinet. Simply set the desired humidity level, store the filaments and the dehumidifier will take care of the rest. Your filament stays dry, accessible, identifiable, and ready to be used anytime you need them for a print.
Fully Adjustable Spool Hanger
Standalone Hygrometer for Active Monitoring
4-Filament Feed Ports for Direct Printing
Fast 2-Hour Recovery
Benefits of using a Filament Dry Cabinet
<20% RH: Optimal for all filament materials
Convenient: No consumable parts
Low Energy Consumption: 13W Avg. / 100W Max.
4 Filament Feed Ports: Prints while in dry storage
Dries Without Heat: Maintains tensile strength
Traditional Dry Method Disadvantages
Oven Baking: High energy costs, decreases tensile strength, time consuming, melts filament if too hot
Desiccants: No RH control, constant replacement and maintenance
AC & Dehumidifier: High energy cost, unable to reach below 40% RH, ineffective in low temperatures
Other Filament Dryers: Constant heat baking with high energy consumption, unable to dry for extended periods, only able to dry a few spools at a time
Mitch works with manufacturing engineers and product specialists to examine new technology and products. His background includes 3D printing, electronics and cleanroom manufacturing. Stay up to date with new insights on automated production solutions by following on Twitter. @Go_to_PAC