Every 3D-printer owner knows that filament storage is crucial for achieving high-quality prints. You do know this, don’t you? Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pro, correctly storing your Nylon Glass filament can save you from frustrating printing failures and wasted material. These material storage tips can teach you how to keep your Nylon Glass filaments in optimal condition.
The Importance of Proper Filament Storage
Nylon Glass filament is popular for functional prototypes and mechanical parts because of its strength and durability. Its unique hygroscopic nature, however, requires special care and attention during printing.
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Improper storage can lead to various issues, such as moisture absorption, degradation in print quality, nozzle clogging, and even a reduction in mechanical properties. It’s imperative to properly store Nylon Glass filament to avoid these problems. So, what are the essential tips? Let’s find out.
Tip #1: Store in a Sealed Moisture-Free Container
Invest in some airtight containers. These do not have to be expensive, just well made. Here at Filamatrix we use snap-lock lids on clear tubs, and we ship in vacuum-sealed bags. These same tools can be used at your site, be it home or business.
Dry the filament entirely before storing it in containers or bags. Putting wet filament in a sealed container creates a soup pot in which it can stew. Nylon Glass bisque, anyone?
Tip #2: Control the Humidity Level
Maintaining a low-humidity environment is essential for filament storage. Use desiccant packets in all your storage containers (bags and boxes). And make sure your filament is in a location with mild temperatures where no sunlight can enter. You can use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity level in your storage boxes.
Tip #3: Avoid Extreme Temperatures
High temperatures warp and deform Nylon Glass fibers, while low temperatures can make them brittle. It’s not a tough balance to strike, and you can find a manageable middle ground by maintaining temperatures between 20–25°C (68–77°F). In other words, if you’re comfortable your Nylon Glass is too.
Tip #4: Handle Filament With Clean Hands
Before loading your filament into the printer, wash your hands to avoid transferring oils, dirt, or contaminants to the filament. Failing to wash your hands can have adverse effects on the final print. Taking this precaution delivers the best results for your prints.
By following these tips for storing Nylon Glass 3D printer filaments, you create an environment that is most suitable for Nylon Glass fiber.
If you’re searching for top-notch Nylon Glass fiber filament, consider exploring the range of high-quality products Filamatrix offers. Don’t compromise on your 3D printing project; choose Filamatrix for a superior filament that delivers every time. Visit our website today to learn more about our selection. Let’s get printing!
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