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Desiccant? Des you Can!

by funkshin, published

Desiccant? Des you Can! by funkshin Jan 24, 2013

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Need to keep this PLA dry. If I see another silica gel pack I'm gonna have shoe room flashbacks from selling shoes. This must end.

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re-usable indicating silica-gel is the ticket.

The Taulman 618 Nylon adsorbs water from the air as well... Steams a bit, makes the occasional "pop" while printing if not dry. (It's shipped in a bag w/ dessicant, but unless you go through it QUICKLY, it get moist during use.) Joann fabrics sells a large 1.5lb jar of silica gel for $6.99 (http://www.joann.com/panacea-p... I'm going to try the Taulman Nylon coffee filter (http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... with a lid on it... or perhaps just print a replacement lid for the jar w/ holes in it... or maybe just drill some holes in it :) Said jar-o-dessicant will live in a gasketed tool box with my spools.

What's been your experience so-far with the salt pellets vs the evil silca gel packs?

Lucky im in a closed space with a guitar collection and the tutorial has instructions for canisters for sealed PLA storage.

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Ok.. Lowes yet again. Where I live many people must treat the water w/ rock salt in order to "soften" it. It makes a decent dessicant, so I went to the plumbing section picked some up, turned around and found some cool containers, got some screen and went to town. I'm not much for posting BOM it was all in plumbing, with the exception of the screen and a sealed black container. They were 3" parts.

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3maxon on May 11, 2013 said:

The Taulman 618 Nylon adsorbs water from the air as well... Steams a bit, makes the occasional "pop" while printing if not dry. (It's shipped in a bag w/ dessicant, but unless you go through it QUICKLY, it get moist during use.) Joann fabrics sells a large 1.5lb jar of silica gel for $6.99 (http://www.joann.com/panacea-p... I'm going to try the Taulman Nylon coffee filter (http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... with a lid on it... or perhaps just print a replacement lid for the jar w/ holes in it... or maybe just drill some holes in it :) Said jar-o-dessicant will live in a gasketed tool box with my spools.

What's been your experience so-far with the salt pellets vs the evil silca gel packs?

funkshin on May 11, 2013 said:

re-usable indicating silica-gel is the ticket.

sciencemike on Jan 25, 2013 said:

Water in the air is almost impossible to keep out of closed spaces. Im not "raining" on your parade but if your room isnt sealed you will fail at keeping the filament dry.

funkshin on Jan 25, 2013 said:

Lucky im in a closed space with a guitar collection and the tutorial has instructions for canisters for sealed PLA storage.

funkshin on Jan 25, 2013 said:

The ones in the sealed PLA box work well. The default pic just looks neat. And I do control the humidity of my room due to my guitar collection. My parade continues on.

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