BCN3D tackles filament degradation with a revolutionary new solution
Storing 3D printing filaments has never been easier, thanks to the new Smart Cabinet from BCN3D – a world leading developer and manufacturer of integrated 3D desktop solutions.
A revolutionary new solution that has been developed to preserve the printability of the filament, extend its shelf life, reduce cosmetic defects and avoid costly reprints, the BCN3D smart cabinet maintains a constant dry environment around stored filament spools to protect them from sudden external changes. Bringing a radical change in 3D printing, the Smart Cabinet overcomes the common problem of filament degradation due to moisture, while its uninterrupted power supply protects the job and minimizes the risk of losing a print job due to from power outages – all in one easy-to-use, portable unit.
With an increasing number of manufacturers and engineers in many industries now using 3D printing to manufacture parts or create prototypes, this revolutionary new development will help them save time and money and improve the quality of the product. final product.
The first machine of its kind to combine a drying unit and workbench to easily store the printer, the Smart Cabinet is a unique alternative to other drying methods that can often damage and degrade 3D printing filaments, such as PA, TPU , PVA, PLA, BVOH, PET-G and ABS. It protects the filaments by keeping them fully closed and at an optimum humidity level to greatly reduce the chance of print failure due to excessive water content. With PA, for example, some mechanical properties improve by 20% with the use of the Smart Cabinet.
Smart, reliable and versatile, the BCN3D Smart Cabinet uses intelligent drying technology to ensure that the filaments are constantly maintained at optimum humidity levels, ensuring the best results in every print job and protecting against print failures. and clogging of nozzles.
With the launch of new products, in addition to recent investments in the company, BCN3D opens a new era in its growth and demonstrates its commitment to provide an innovative and expansive product portfolio, consolidating its position as a major player in printing. 3d.
The BCN3D smart cabinet operates using the absorption dryer method, alternating between drying cycles and regeneration cycles to maintain a constant dry environment around stored coils and protect them from sudden external changes. It controls the relative humidity inside the airtight container through a desiccant – in this case, alumina-based pellets – which are open to the dehumidifying environment.
By isolating the absorption material from the heating chamber and increasing its temperature, the absorbed moisture is released outside the chamber and the material is regenerated. After purging, the desiccant has been refreshed and is ready to collect more moisture. The airtight container and cyclic internal ventilation through the fan, heater and valves mean no user interaction is required.
This process effectively keeps the filament dry and in optimal condition for its use and means there is never a need to change the desiccant.
Eric Pallarés, technical director of BCN3D, declares: “To obtain fine and reproducible parts, we must control the entire printing process, the materials must therefore be in optimal conditions. All materials are sensitive to moisture to some extent, but some of them, like PA, TPU or BVOH, are particularly affected. For example, in a few hours in wet weather, a PA coil can absorb an amount of water that will affect the final print.
“When customers waste time and money on failed or faulty PA print jobs, it’s not because of the printer or the profiles, it’s because of material degradation. So to really unlock the potential of additive manufacturing, with technical materials beyond PLA, we needed a solution just like the Smart Cabinet.
“In addition, an increase in the use of 3D printers means that printing times are also getting longer. In industrial or laboratory settings, where power outages or micro-cuts are common, the smart cabinet can help reduce waste and improve efficiency. “
The Smart Cabinet is compatible with Epsilon W50, Epsilon W27 and Sigma D25 3D printers.
Developed to increase efficiency and minimize the impact of downtime, the smart cabinet features an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to protect against power outages that could ruin hours of printing and cost money.
The smart cabinet is available in the UK through the UK distributor of BCN3D – 3DGBIRE from today.