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Storing your filament

Postby LePaul » March 16th, 2016, 10:44 am

I was impressed at what a good read this was.

The vacuum bags sound good, as are the silica dry packs they talk about

http://3dprintingforbeginners.com/how-t ... -filament/

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby Amedee » March 16th, 2016, 11:07 am

It probably depends on where you live, but I just do nothing, and my 4 year old PLA still prints like a charm...



(Nylon would be another story, but for most of the others...)
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Re: Storing your filament

Postby reibuehl » March 16th, 2016, 11:14 am

Just curious... would a normal size spool fit into one of these 30 cm/11" vacuum sealer rolls?
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Re: Storing your filament

Postby reibuehl » March 19th, 2016, 3:41 pm

To answer my own question: Yes, they do! :-D

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Unfortunately the 26x35cm reusable vacuum zip lock bags that come with my vacuum heat sealer are a little bit too narrow. That would be even better as these bags could be reused over and over again.
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Re: Storing your filament

Postby Meduza » March 19th, 2016, 3:49 pm

I'll guess that those bags is a better way of storing filament, but in practice i have not had any problem with storing all my filament like this :)
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Re: Storing your filament

Postby drayson » March 20th, 2016, 6:36 am

Same at me - I store two of them basically at the reel holder at the back of my UMO and the rest in Lock&Lock boxes with some silica bags. never had problems of too wet filament but too dry when the silica bags are too close to the filament (got brittle). When your workplace is relatively dry you shouldn´t have any issues...

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby LePaul » March 20th, 2016, 1:35 pm

I put the rolls back inside a plastic shopping bag, seal it up, then back inside the ColorFabb cardboard box.

I wonder if anyone has come up with a clever way to protect the spool attached to the printer

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby Anders Olsson » March 20th, 2016, 4:32 pm

I am normally not that picky with how my spools are stored too, except for Polycarbonate, Bridge Nylon and PVA, which I store in sealed bags with silica.
Those three materials are hygroscopic enough that printing quality will be unacceptably low if stored in humid air for too long.
PVA will more or less destroy itself in the end, while PC and Nylon can be fixed by drying in an oven for half a day.

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby Neil Riding » July 25th, 2016, 6:43 am

Hey, new from Nassau and looking for a 3D Printing for my work in designing of bedding and bed linen. Which model do you think best meet my requirements. I already did some shopping but it wasn't cool!
I just buy Harbor House http://www.zuhni.com/harbor-house Bedding Online USA for my friend.

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby reibuehl » July 25th, 2016, 6:51 am

Hello Neil,

welcome to the forum. I think you should open a separate post for this in the "General Discussions" section and provide maybe a little more information on what you plan to do with your printer. That will help people suggest the right one.

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby Amedee » August 1st, 2016, 2:02 pm

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby LePaul » August 1st, 2016, 2:15 pm

Feed it from a bag full of the silica....good idea! Now how to hack that into a mount on the UMO

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby LePaul » August 1st, 2016, 2:20 pm

I'm a bit fascinated by his use of a food dehydrator for removing moisture from filaments....I'm wondering for PLA and how hot/long you'd "cook it"

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby LePaul » August 16th, 2016, 9:03 am

This was in my email today...3DP article about filament storage

http://3dplatform.com/joes-corner-8-summertime-blues/

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Re: Storing your filament

Postby Amedee » August 18th, 2016, 12:54 pm

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