IN THE WORLD OF ENGINEERED PLASTICS THE NUMBER ONE ENEMY IS MOISTURE
All plastics absorb moisture. Moisture can create porosity (bubbles) caused by water expanding within the plastic as steam when it’s heated. Once the plastic is extruded and rapidly cooled, porosity remains as unsightly pockmarks, or worse, structural deficiencies within a print. Anyone that has been frustrated after doing a 10+ hour print, only to have it riddled with pockmarks and/or weak layers, knows what we’re talking about.
In industrial level injection molding, pressure forming, thermo-forming, and 3D printing, the quality of the end product is only as good as the material preparation regardless of the machine being used. These industries use ACTIVE heating methods in the form of giant material dryers, industrial ovens, and environmentally controlled rooms. Methods that are simply not affordable or economical for home based or small office desktop 3D printing. UNTIL NOW!!
Current “passive” desktop filament drying methods for the home and small
IFD-175 FILAMENT DRYER
The IFD-175 is an ACTIVE filament drying system that equalizes and removes moisture from ANY printable material as it feeds directly into your 3D printers hot end. It is compact, easy to use and affordable for ANY home or office desktop printing applications. Whether you’re using a $200 printer or a $5000 printer, or your filament is fresh out the box or has been sitting on a bench for days, the IFD-175 removes moisture evenly throughout the print cycle resulting in high end industrial quality parts. More importantly, you have the peace of mind that your 10+ hour print job will be consistent from start to finish.
Below are baseline temp vs best temp comparisons of the most popular filament types. Baseline represents current room conditions at the time of testing. Click on a thumbnail to see larger images. To see detailed analysis CLICK HERE. More will be added as we continue testing.
The two models of the IFD-175 are adaptable to virtually ANY desktop 3D printer on the market that uses 1.75mm filament. Setup is easy and operation is as simple as setting the desired drying temperature for the material being used, feed your material through to your printer, AND GO!!
IFD-175S (short distance): This model is designed for use with 3D printers that have the feeding mechanism mounted directly onto the print head. The drying element is built into the control unit and connected to your print head via a 40” (1000mm) Bowden tube provided with the kit.
IFD-175R (remote): This model is designed for use with 3D printers with a feeding mechanism that is separated from the print head. The drying element is attached to the control unit via a 36” (920mm) long umbilical that can be placed anywhere between the feeding mechanism and print head.
We have designed some handy printable accessories that enhance the usability and versatility of the IFD-175, but may not fit your specific needs. CLICK HERE. We strongly encourage makers to customize our designs or create their own for their specific machine(s) and share them on our social media outlets.