Additive manufacturing is rapidly gaining pace as a commercially viable industrial manufacturing technology following the global trends of on-demand production, customization, and the need for savings in time, money, and materials. Products manufactured with a 3D printer can be significantly lighter and just as strong – or even stronger – than their equivalents produced using conventional methods.
Whether manufacturing plastic or metal parts, some raw materials such as powders, resin, or filaments are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb moisture from the surrounding ambient air. High moisture levels within the raw material can change its chemical properties and may negatively affect final product quality.
Moisture plays an important role in many stages of the manufacturing chain so, to ensure consistent quality, it is also essential to make sure conditions in facilities throughout the production chain are stable.