It’s not a secret that 3d printer’s quality depends on filament’s quality and how well you preserve it. In this article, I will discuss some of the popular ways of taking care of your filament to serve longer. In order to do so, you need to keep your filament far away from humid surfaces as the word humidity alone sends shivers down the filament’s spine. Many users unaware of this fact ruined their new filaments as they left them unprotected. People believe that as they are made of plastic, moisture from air won’t cause any harm without considering that 3D printer UK contain thermoplastics which are, unfortunately, hygroscopic. Hence, when you stop working, you should immediately cover your filaments, or else you will no longer have high-quality prints. The ideal humidity level shouldn’t exceed 10-15%, as in these conditions, the filament will be safe from damage. There is no need to buy an expensive industrial dehumidifier and other protection systems. 

There are several types of filaments; thus, you need to know whether yours is composed of minerals, as in that case, it will absorb more water than regular filaments. Filaments that include corn or rice, like PLA plastic, won’t damage the environment. On the other hand, they won’t benefit you as humidity and UV light will make plastic collapse into three parts: water, carbon dioxide, and methane. 

Vacuum Bags 

The first suggestion is to use vacuum bags instead of buying costly packages for every instrument or creating a perfect anti-humidity ceiling. You can either buy regular vacuum-sealed bags or just use those whose primary purpose was to save space in your wardrobe for winter clothes. Vacuum-sealed bags will have different advantages, such as protecting filament from moisture, bugs, and molding.   

Silica Gel 

The next best thing that can be useful for protecting your PLA or any other filament from moisture is desiccant. Silica gel’s come in handy in this situation. Stores may even give you some when you buy filament directly from them. If not, you can find them in shoe boxes and vitamin bottles. Some types of filaments like ABS absorb less water. However, you can still use silica gels for both PLA and ABS. 

Instructions: Put silica gels in the sealable bags such as Ziploc bags or any other options to prevent air from getting inside. Silica beads will help you identify the temperature of your filament by changing their colors. It would be best if you put them in the over for two or three hours for reusing purposes, and you will notice that they turned back into their original colors.

 

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