DIY Filament Dryer / Dehydrator #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Shared by Thingismith on Thingiverse:

Shortly after creating my first filament dehydrator https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2520281, I found CreativeTools’ Filament Spool Holder. My first version worked fine, but I found some shavings on the spool holder when changing filaments, caused by the friction between the holder and the spool. Also, my original holder was only sized for certain spools, not as universal as I had expected. Not a big deal, but I’m a big fan of maximum efficiency…so here you go, a slightly better version than the first.

Here are the links I had in my first version: Dehydrator: https://www.amazon.com/Flexzion-Dehydrator-Food-Fruit-Dehydration/dp/B01J51JLCC/ref=sr_1_23?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1499306986&sr=1-23&keywords=dehydrator+machine
and Wilton’s cake caddy, which I got from Joann http://www.joann.com/cake-caddy/5717806.html#q=cake%2Bcaddy&start=1, for about $10 (don’t forget to use your coupons!)

The only other thing you need is 2 #4 x 5/8″ pan head screws. You could use another dehydrator and top, there are suggestions on Tinkerman’s original dehydrator page: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1618037

I didn’t mess with CreativeTools’ duster, the filament is in an enclosed space, not likely to gather dust. My snoot is intended for a PC4-M6 Male Straight Pneumatic Connector. The PTFE tube keeps the air from reaching the filament before it reaches the printer and keeps the filament from crimping.

Special thanks goes to CreativeTools and Tinkerman for sharing their original ideas!

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