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Definitive Cleanroom Construction FAQ: How much does a cleanroom cost? How does the level of ISO classification impact build and operating costs? How much supporting space will I need for a cleanroom addition or ISO class upgrade? What’s the advantage of a turnkey cleanroom system?
Amidst building rocket ships and pondering whether AI is likely to destroy humans, Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently took over direct control of Tesla’s troubled Model 3 Production. A leaked memo shows the acute nature of Elon’s expectations. Here are Elon Musk’s top 10 brilliant pieces of advice from the company-wide memo.
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
What’s the easiest and fastest way to clean 3D printed parts with soluble support materials or standard support materials like HIPS and PVA? Here’s how to clean the reaches of 3D printed parts including small geometries, internal cavities, and between build layers so that each part achieves the smoothest possible finish with the least risk of damage caused by handling, scrubbing, or brushing.
Safety Glasses Statistics and Effective Safety Precautions for Eyewear According to the U.S. Department of Labor, thousands of employees suffer from eye injuries every year, many of these injuries sustained at work, usually from inadequate eye protection. These injuries can result in blindness and cost over $300 million per year in lost production time, medical … Read moreSafety Glasses Statistics and Effective Safety Precautions for Eyewear
Cleanroom HEPA Vacuum Components and Applications Simply put, every square inch of a cleanroom should be absolutely pristine. Ceiling panels, lighting units, HEPA filtration units, sprinkler heads, walls, glass surfaces, process equipment, piping systems, floors, and manufacturing equipment should all be decontaminated regularly. Even the ambient air must be monitored and maintained at proper levels. … Read moreCleanroom HEPA Vacuum Use and Applications
CleanPro’s turn-key cleanroom solution provided a one-stop, one-contact result for the initial delivery and on-site installation of walls, ceiling grids, electrical systems, flooring, filters, HVAC, and more.
Softwall cleanroom curtains, sometimes referred simply as “plastic strips” yield ISO Class 10,000 level particle control with minimal construction. This customer required a custom softwall installation that integrated into their existing building structure CleanPro to deliver a softwall cleanroom
Industrial workbenches and workstations provide integrated design features such as power bars, application specific surface materials, and custom drawer and cabinet configurations for safe, organized storage. This laboratory enlisted for a complete laboratory outfit, with ergonomic seating and Lista drawer cabinet workstations.
This modular, sterile compounding cleanroom is designed for ISO 797 and ISO 800 compliance, particularly for compounding chemotherapy drugs. Safe handling of sterile compounds requires special considerations: heat-welded floors, anterooms and buffer areas.
Here are some best-in-class cleanroom projects, in which the PAC cleanroom division, CleanPro, provided expertise and turnkey execution for design and installation of cleanroom enclosures, furniture, and components.
Proper cleanroom cleaning procedure and maintenance protocol is an immediate, low-cost measure to enhance overall cleanliness, consistency, and contamination control within manufacturing and aseptic cleanrooms. This guide provides a framework for cleanroom management, protocol standards, specifications, and processes for general manufacturing and bio-medical applications.