Many of us have experienced that a new filament prints great in the beginning, but regularly fails after few months in storage, especially materials like nylon that tend to absorb allot of moisture form the air. When printing in a heated nozzle the moisture will turn into steam and try to evaporate. When this happens, the filament will make a popping/cracking/hissing sound and the 3D prints will have rough/grainy surface finish with much reduced physical properties (less tensile and impact strength).
Most 3D printing filaments (ABS, PLA, PETT, PC and Nylon) are hygroscopic materials, which have a strong affinity for moisture. When being exposed, these filaments readily absorb moisture from the air. The migration of moisture into the filament occurs over time and will eventually slow and stop when the moisture content reaches a state of equilibrium with that of the surrounding air. At the equilibrium point, the moisture content in the filament will be evenly distributed throughout the entire filament's interior. Actually the water molecules inside the filament are attached to the polymer molecule chains, forming a strong inter-molecular bond, as shown in figures below. This bond is what makes drying the filament difficult.
New and improved model for 2019 includes:
Shatterproof Polypropylene (PP) chamber and lid.
Includes 2 "D-Spools" - an open concept filament spools to make drying more thorough and efficient.
Includes 1 extra filament feeder that can be used for the upper deck/chamber; this means that a single PrintDry unit can feed two different filaments into a dual extruder printer or into two single extruder printers.
Pack of 10 reusable desiccants.
Expandable (extra drying levels/chambers can be added - sold separately)
The PrintDry filament dryer offers an easy and effective way to "pull" the moisture out of filaments.
In addition, with a special turn-table design it can feed the filament into a 3D printer for printing while drying. This makes it an in-line filament dryer.
The desiccant packs coming inside a filament package cannot reduce the water content inside filaments since they are not strong enough to break the inter-molecular bond and "pull" the moisture out of the filament. Instead, the desiccant packs are used mainly to prevent water content in a filament from going up other than reducing it. On the other hand, if exposed the desiccant itself will become saturated with moisture and lose its much-needed moisture absorbing capacity.
The PrintDry filament dryer is designed to actively reduce the water content in a filament based on the following basic principles:
Drying Temperature: As the temperature is increased, the molecules inside a filament move more vigorously and this weakens/breaks the moisture/polymer inter-molecular bonds to let water molecules travel more freely through the filament towards the filament surface. Different filament needs different drying temperature.
Moisture Concentration Differential: Surrounding a moist filament with dry (low dew point) air, will encourage water molecules inside a filament to migrate more readily to the surface and eventually being carried away by air.
Drying Time: It takes time for moisture to get into the filament and it also take time to pull them out. Filaments do not dry instantly. First, it takes time for the heat to penetrate/distribute throughout the filament interior, especially those deeply buried in the spool. Second, it takes time for the newly freed water molecules to defuse to the surface of the filament.
Air Flow: Airflow carries heat to the filament and also carries water molecules away.
The PrintDry filament dryer has been independently tested by Intertek and TUV to meet applicable product safety standards in both North America and Europe. It is ETL and TUV Rheinland GS listed.
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The PrintDry is a decent-quality product. It does what it's supposed to do, drying my filament. I had received some Nylon filament which I guess was wet because I was getting a lot of bubbles and stringing. After putting it in the PrintDry for a few days, my print quality was significantly improved.
For this price, you know you're not getting a top-of-the-line US or European-made product, but it's reasonably well-built. The cord could be a little longer, and all the parts could fit together a little more securely, but hey, it works, so what is there really to complain about!
Makes printing less problematic. Removes moister from filament with ease and a fair amount less stress. I am very impressed with this unit. Not sure how I managed to print nylon before investing in this unit.
solid product works as advertised sucked the moisture out of old crap filament made it usable
I love this, and it's totally worth the investment, it means I don't have to really worry about making sure to use my open spools up within a certain time or the filament snapping in my machine because it got too wet.
10/10 would definitely buy again!
Bon produit pour enlever l'humidité, très efficace.
The Print dry saved filament I had in storage for over a year! It had gotten so bad the print head was extruding foamy plastic. Now it prints smoothly.
Very nice product. See it in action.
Print a lot of Nylon so this is a must. I want another one. You will need to print a extension tube for bigger spool sizes (PETG works). Given this targets DIY groups it would be nice if we could buy an electronics kit to build a custom setup to expand capacity.
To be honest, I did not expect the quality based on the price but I was pleasantly surprised.
After receiving/using the dryer, I was very impressed with the quality and performance. Add to that, fast shipping made this a win/win purchase.
This is a great product for a great price. Works well and it is great quality. The "instructions" are perhaps not the best, however, I realize this is fairly new off of the press (Kickstarter) and technically doesn't need the instructions! The CF and nylon filaments print much better now that I can properly dry them and love the fact that prints can be done with the filament still in the dryer!
I run my 3D printer in the garage in southern California. Although the atmosphere here is usually dry, rain and high moisture days occur. I can not print ABS in this condition. The PrintDry allowed me to dry the filament and remove the problem. I also dried some PLA for my son, who uses another machine. It help him improve his prints.
However trying to feed the printer directly from the dryer using 1.75 mm filament put too much torque on the filament feed. So I dry the filament and them put it on an external stand for printing.
It is working fantastically for all of my nylon printing, I will probably have to get 2 more