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DarthRevan
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Filament Storage

Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:02 am

I'm in the process of drawing up a system for storing my filament spools. I'd be interested to see what kind of setups the community is using.

I'm not looking to go this in-depth with it as I have several rolls that I'd like to store together and consume as little space was possible but also keep the filament alive for the most time. I'm thinking something more along the lines of wide shallow plastic tub to slide under some shelving units.

Should I line the bottom with absorbent kitty litter?

Pictures and advice are obviously very welcome.

cornelljd
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Re: Filament Storage

Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:39 pm

I use a plastic tub with a lid and a container of moisture absorbent material from Home Depot. This seems to work for me.

KC_703
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Re: Filament Storage

Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:05 pm

Hmm... that's actually a pretty nice setup... seems to be straight from the Taulman3D recommendation:
http://www.taulman3d.com/specifications.html

You could easily substitute with a shallow plastic box... I use the 5gallon paint buckets (with lid) found at the hardware store with some silica packets that come with the filament. Kitty litter seems like a good economical switch. :) I don't bother with the holes to access the filament...

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DarthRevan
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Re: Filament Storage

Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:44 pm

Thanks,

I'll probably end up just throwing a container of moisture absorbent material in with my spools in the tubs I already have.

Wolfie
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Re: Filament Storage

Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:19 pm

I am using orange Home Depot buckets with screw top lids made by gamma. I lasered a hole in the center of the lid and hot glued a hygrometer (off ebay) so I can monitor the humidity in the buckets. For drying, I made pouches of desiccant to put in each made from cat litter and coffee filters.

Here are more details...
https://forum.lulzbot.com/viewtopic.php ... 755#p10587

However I am working on a hanging wall rack that will store my commonly used filaments above the printer with a feed tube down to the printer.

John86045
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Re: Filament Storage

Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:22 am

thanks

greybeard
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Re: Filament Storage

Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:15 pm

I use these with Rice in the bottom.
Can feed directly into machine...

I store excess and partially used filament in them and larger bins without the spool/feed stuff attached the one in photo... But, all have Rice in the bottom.
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SWCNT
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Re: Filament Storage

Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:06 pm

I use Ziploc bags and put in pouches of color indicator desiccant like these. Never had any issues with the filament I use.

greybeard
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Re: Filament Storage

Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:35 pm

Been using Ziplocs for 4 yrs but, PLA always breaks before spool is finished (If leaving it on the machine).

No problem if storing in bin.

No problem with ABS or PETG
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Re: Filament Storage

Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:46 pm

How do you know when the desiccant is saturated? Looks like you are using clear silica. That's also odd because I would expect the PETG to exhibit issues before PLA, unless your bag was leaky. Do you pressurize the bags to test for holes periodically?

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