Filament that hasn’t been properly stored absorbs moisture from the air, which over (not very much) time degrades its quality, causing failed prints, sputtering (as the stored moisture is heated going through the machine), and nozzle blockages (the WORST!).
Count on using 2~5 silica gel packs per roll of filament
Provide maximum absorption of humidity and can prevent mold, mildew, rust, fungus, and corrosion.
The gel is highly absorbent and capable of drawing water molecules without any chemical reaction, structural change or side effects. Even when saturated with water, silica gel keeps its dry surface.
Packaged desiccants are low-cost, efficient desiccants that protect the contents of a properly sealed package or container during storage or shipping.
Here are a few places where we have found silica gel desiccants to be useful…
To save your cellphone from water damage
To help keep photos safe and free from moisture
To keep important documents safe
To prevent tarnish on gold or silver
To prevent your valuable camera from moisture
To keep your leather items stay away from mold and moisture
To use in each container in your basement, garage, or storage unit to absorb excess moisture
To help preserve your ornaments and Christmas decorations