Why you should consider turning off the touch screen on your 3D printer dryer box during long prints
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3D printing is a great way to save money, but it also comes with some risks. If you aren't careful, you could end up with a bunch of unusable parts, or worse — a fire in your house.
I'll explain why you should consider turning off the touch screen on your 3D printer dryer box during long prints and offer some tips to help protect yourself from fire hazards.
Why You Should Turn Off Your Touch Screen During Long Prints
If you're a 3D printer owner, you know that there are some things you can't do without. Among them is a heated build platform for your printer.
As an essential part of your 3D printing process, the heated build platform helps you to produce high-quality prints by ensuring that the print bed is always at the correct temperature. However, there are some things that you can do to make sure that your heating element lasts as long as possible, and one of these is to turn off the touch screen on your 3D printer dryer box during long prints.
Why should I turn off my touch screen on my 3d printer dryer box during long prints?
There are many reasons why it's important to turn off your touch screen on your 3d printer dryer box during long prints:
1) It saves energy
2) It prevents overheating
3) It prolongs the life of your heating element
3D printing is a great technology, but it does have some quirks. One of them is that the print bed on your 3D printer can get very hot. If you leave it on for long periods of time, you might find that your 3D printed part has warped or even melted onto the bed.
If you're using a heated bed (the most common type), then this isn't really an issue; just turn off the heated bed and leave it off while you're printing. However, if you're using a heated chamber (aka dryer box), then there's no way to turn off the heat during printing.
This can be quite frustrating when you want to print something that takes several hours because you'll probably want to let your print cool before removing it from the chamber. The only way around this is by turning off all of the electronics on your printer dryer box for long prints (not a good idea).
When it comes to 3D printer drying, we're all about speed. We want to get our parts off the bed and into the oven as quickly as possible. That's why we recommend using a heated build plate when printing with PLA or ABS. But after you've printed your part, there's another step you should take before loading your parts into the oven: turning off the touch screen on your 3D printer dryer box during long prints.
The reason for this is simple: When using a heated build plate, you'll notice that there are still some small areas of uncured plastic where your model was sitting on the bed that didn't have enough time to fully cure. These tiny patches of uncured plastic will stick to your part when it exits the printer and they can be quite hard to remove without damaging your print. This can happen even if you have a heated bed because not all heaters are created equal!
The first time I used a heated dryer box on my 3D printer, I was blown away by the difference it made in my prints. The parts came out perfectly clean, a task that often required multiple post-print baths in IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol).
I couldn't wait to use it again. And then again and again.
Unfortunately, after about 30 minutes of continual printing, I noticed that the temperature inside the dryer would climb to over 100 degrees Celsius and stay there for some time before finally dropping back down to normal — and this was with the fan running at full speed.
Although this wasn't an issue with PLA filament or other materials, it could cause problems with PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified) or ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) filaments which are more sensitive to heat than others.