[COMMUNITY] Filament drying container

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[COMMUNITY] Filament drying container

Post by Tizz » 01 Nov 2015, 23:37

Thought I'd share how I'm planning to dry my filament. I have read this from a users blog and decided to make one myself.
This is a work in progress and will update as I go.
So Kudo's to the gentleman who shared his experience, all points go to him.

Bought these materials from a local hardware store
Parts list so far:

- Cereal Container - Air Tight (Wide enough to house the 750g Filament Spool of Nylon 910)
- 5mm Clear Tubing
- Empty Ball Point Pen Casing
- Clear Silicon
- Silicon Gel packets to absorb moisture

To do:
Will place a hole somewhere in the middle of container and use the pen casing to hold the spool so it can freely revolve.
Clean the inside of the tubing wash it out and dry for a day or two. Create a hole at the top for the container and place some tube for the filament to feed through to the printer (length not known yet). Silicon seal around the hole of the tube at the top and pen that holds the spool. Drill some holes around the top of the container.

So far I've had the Nylon Filament in this container with some Silica Gel (moisture absorbing packets I found in some shoe boxes), for the past few days in the sun.
Today, I'll drill some holes and seal the ends.

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Re: Filament drying container

Post by Filipe » 02 Nov 2015, 10:11

Well done :)

Really good idea for controlling the humidity.
Usually, the PLA comes sealed with a silica bag inside for that reason, but once open, never seen anyone keep the filament with such care :)

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Re: Filament drying container

Post by DNeves » 02 Nov 2015, 12:27

Excelent work Tizz! :D :D :D

You should do a box for storing about 10 filament spools ;)

Keep up the good work!

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Re: Filament drying container

Post by Tizz » 02 Nov 2015, 12:31

Thanks Filipe & DNeves,

This container is more for the Nylon 910 only. But I do keep the PLA in it's zip lock bag w/ silica when not in use.
Apparently the nylon absorbs a lot of moisture. When I used it for the first time, I did hear some poping while it was extruding. (Filament had already absorbed some moisture in the air).

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Re: Filament drying container

Post by Tizz » 02 Nov 2015, 12:33

Finished container.

Used a soldering iron to create the holes, so there was really no need for the silicon.

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Re: Filament drying container

Post by DNeves » 02 Nov 2015, 12:35

In fact I have already experienced some "poping" while extruding my PLA. I didn't knew that we should take so much care with our filaments. From now on I will pay more attention to this! :D Thanks again for sharing! ;)

Excellent work!

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Re: Filament drying container

Post by Tizz » 03 Nov 2015, 09:52

I've heard the same pop on my Pla too DNeves. When not in use, I place the spool back in its original seal tight bag and put it out in the sun at times to dry out.

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Re: Filament drying container

Post by Filipe » 03 Nov 2015, 09:56

Tizz wrote:I've heard the same pop on my Pla too DNeves. When not in use, I place the spool back in its original seal tight bag and put it out in the sun at times to dry out.
Don't forget to put some sylica bag to absorve the humidity :)

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Re: Filament drying container

Post by Andre_A » 03 Nov 2015, 18:21

Hi :)
If you guys don't have any Silica Gel, you can use salt or uncooked rice too.
They are hygroscopic materials ;)
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Re: [COMMUNITY] Filament drying container

Post by GVeyron » 07 Jun 2017, 10:26

In my opinion a little bit overdone. Only for the storage of your filament I have bought two boxes and insert silica gel.

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