For 3D printing machine filament, moisture isn’t a friend. Humidity may make lead to weakened material. This may result in fragile print, poor adhesion and surface finish as well as degradation. The filament may break in the printing machine or pieces may warp or get extremely brittle.
Try leaving a PLA filament on the printer and it will degrade in a few days. For nylon will just do so in hours. That is the reason it is vital to maintain the material dry prior to you using it. Kodak’s additive manufacturing licensee, Smart International has declared the unveiling of a modern system. They say this system will assist to dry 3D materials and filaments up to 10 minutes as compared to other mechanisms, Smart3D Multimaterial Dryer.
“While typical drying cycles take between 8 – 48 hours and use heat which does not remove moisture completely, the Smart 3D MultiMaterial Dryer uses hybrid technology to dry filament in as little as an hour,” says the Marketing Manager for KODAK 3D Printing’s Global Brand Licensee Smart International, Helen Blesky.
The machine features 892 x 500 x 825 mm and it is created for the FFF additive manufacturing market. It provides efficient 3D filament drying via the usage of hybrid technology. Also, it incorporates commercial drying at the end-user level as said by the press statement by Smart International. It makes sure of a humidity-free filament. Through this, the Smart3D Multimaterial Dryer may attain constant and repeatable additive manufacturing outcomes.
Many recent solutions that function to fight moisture and dampness will dry thread via the usage of heat. However, this actually is not a good solution to the issue. For beginners, heat will not even necessarily take away 100 percent of the moisture from the thread. Also, it does not let materials to dry concurrently.
Furthermore, it may affect the physical and chemical characteristics of the material utilized to treat. This is by around many degrees. It might also take about eight to forty-eight hours to operate a complete sequence.
The recent Smart3D Multimaterial Dryer makes use of a hybrid technology which can guarantee dry thread even in an hour. This is up to 10X quicker than the present drying techniques. It has an inside storage capacity of 733 x 250 x 506 mm. This is equal to thirty coils that can be dried and kept inside. The system can match any additive manufacturing thread with a reel diameter of around 500 mm.
CCO of Smart International, Demian Gawanski stated the following;
“This product is the natural result of our customers’ requests to complete the low moisture chain and guarantee repeatable prints. When we launched the Kodak filament line featuring low moisture and vacuum-sealed packaging, and the enclosed KODAK Portrait 3D Printer with its filament protection cases, the humidity was not widely perceived as FFF 3D printing’s silent enemy as it begins to be understood now.
Since then, with chemical giants strongly stepping onto our industry and broadening its range of applications, it hurts our eyes to see high-performance filament go to waste, bake in ovens or centrifugate in salad spinners. We feel this completes the most comprehensive professional ecosystem on the market and inaugurates our new year of exciting Industry 4.0 compliant releases targeted at exacting customers.”