At Argyle we are committed to helping customers save money. Click to see a comprehensive Cost Savings page! Our product line is a substantial price savings over OEM, but we have also compiled Educational Resources that will extend the life of your consumables, namely tips, brushes and flickers. Click on our articles below to find additional cost savings techniques we have learned in our production environment.
Best Practice - Drying 3D Printer filament for use on Stratasys Fortus® machines
Many companies use vacuum drying ovens, the vacuum speeds up the process. Some companies use the Fortus build chamber set to run Ultem or they use a regular kitchen oven. Many of our customers dry every spool prior to use.
A full spool takes two days to consume on the Fortus machine so you can dry the pending spool(s) for two days. Drying isn’t an admission of poor quality it is a Best Practice ie. the smart thing to do. There is a reason there are dryers on the machine themselves. Just as a injection molder always drys pellets prior to molding a Fortus 3d printer operator should dry the filament. Filament is nothing more than pellets in filament form.
For generic spools set your oven to 70C. Argyle Materials is about to carry a high temperature spool that can be dried at elevated temperatures of 130C for drying highly hydroscopic materials like Ultem 9085 and Ultem 1010 and Ultem Support. At 70C a 48 hour dry time is preferred, however, usually 12 hours overnight is sufficient. At 130C for high temperature materials the same durations apply. For new Stratasys canisters simply remove the foil tape, take the lid off and place the entire canister and spool without the lid in the oven. When ready to use the Stratasys canister afix the lid with electrical tape no need for the same metal tape. For Argyle Materials refills of ABS, ASA, PCABS, PC, Ultem 9085 Ultem 1010 and Breakaway Support (HIPS) simply remove the spool from the vacuum sealed bag, place the spool in the oven and load into a canister when ready for use. For partial spools, both OEM and after market, remove the lid form the canister, dry the spool and replace lid.
Now your 3d printer is ready to perform better than ever by running dry material just like an injection molder runs dried materials and just like filament manufacturers dry the material both prior to extrusion and again post production when the spool is fully wound. The desiccant and foil bags prevent moisture but if you dry partial spools anyway so implement a best practice of drying every spool.
Fortus® Tip Maintenance
A. Using a Tip Purge Filament
B. Refurbishing the Tip Cover
Fortus® Brush Assembly Maintenance
A. Proper Brush and Flicker Setup