When we say to know your surroundings we don’t mean to understand demographics or updates in the 3D printing industry, we mean to know the details and variables of the area where your printer is located.  Ambient temperature, humidity, and available power are all just some of the things you should be aware of before printing.

Thermostat Ambient Temperature

The temperature of the air surrounding your printer can drastically change the quality of your manufactured part. As mentioned in Filament Options, certain materials such as ABS requre a higher ambient temperature to prevent warping and layer delamination. Often the ambient air in our facility can become so low that we are required to enclose racks of printers – even for PLA prints. You will need to notice when there are extreme temperature fluctuations in your environment, especially when not using an air conditioner or heater for stability.costs.

Cloud Humidity

Humidity can effect the polymer you are using to the point of causing a failed print. Humidity effects the shrinkage rates of filaments which can effect the surface quality.

Ambient humdity does not only effect the filament during the print, but where you store it. Most materials want to be stored in a very low humidity area of 40% or below. We have a dehumidifier running 24 hours a day where our filament is stored. Most filaments come in a vaccuum sealed pack which you should not open until ready to use. The type of material will depend on how much it is effected. Nylons will saturate quickly and will likely pose problems when printing if not stored in proper humidity.

Whether you print in a dry hot climate or a cold humid climate will drastically change your setting and quality. Cold winds or a printer directly under an aircondition vent can lead to never ending failed prints. You have to know your surroundings if you ever expect to turn out reliable results.