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Explore 3D printing support structures with HIPS filament from RepRapWorld. In this assortment, you can find HIPS filament in the diameter sizes 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm.

About HIPS filament

HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) is a dissolvable filament material mostly used as support material for 3D models and parts. The filament material is extremely stiff and rigid with a high impact and heat resistance. HIPS is a support material for ABS filament as they share a lot of the same properties and bond well together. If your ABS model has overhangs or bridges, HIPS filament comes in handy by printing structures that will support them. Once your printed part has cooled down, the HIPS supports can be dissolved in a liquid called d'limonene.

HIPS filament can also be used as the main material instead of the support filament. HIPS filament prints easier than ABS filament and in some cases functions better. HIPS filament 3D models will be harder and stronger as well as have a high impact resistance. Furthermore, HIPS filament will warp less. With HIPS filament, you can create objects that have great machinability and flexibility. It is a lightweight material that is also very water-resistant. HIPS is used as a material for many applications in today’s world. Some of the items where HIPS can be found are in bottles, children’s toys, home appliances, and product packaging. Discover premium quality HIPS filament by Real Filament, ensuring reliable and consistent 3D printing experiences.

Printing temperature220°C-260°C
Heated bed100°C-115°C
Heat resistant

Printing HIPS support structures

HIPS filament and ABS filament share many qualities and are therefore a perfect match to bond together. Printing the two materials together is supported by sharing similar printing temperatures. To achieve this you will require a 3D printer with two extruders or a dual feed system. In the table above we have shared the appropriate temperatures for printing, however, this can depend on a number of factors, like the type of 3D printer you have and the kind of nozzle being used. Be sure to run several test prints to find the ideal setting for your 3D printer. Print HIPS filament in a ventilated space with enough air circulation. Having an enclosure will eliminate temperature fluctuations and keep printing odors to a minimum. Avoid warping by wiping the build plate clean with acetone. The first layer of a 3D print determines the overall success of your 3D object. We recommend having good adhesion between the build surface and the model. This can easily be achieved by using a 3D spray, Kapton tape, or PEI sheets

Removing HIPS support structures

The removal of HIPS filament is relatively simple, as long as you have d’limonene. To remove the support structures, place the dried model in a tub of d’limonene for 24 hours. The supports will slide off without leaving any residue. Sanding and polishing of the model is not needed since the supports come out smooth.

About d’limonene

D’limonene is a natural terpene found in oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and multiple other fruits and vegetables. D’limonene is derived from the oils of fresh orange peels. Make sure to store the d’limonene in a dark and cool area, sealed off. Use gloves when you are in contact with d’limonene to avoid any skin irritation. D’limonene is biodegradable, however, be cautious of how you dispose of it because it is a chemical after all. D’limonene can be diluted with water and disposed of down the drain if you are in an area with water networks connected to a waste treatment plant. Another method advised as the best way to dispose of d’limonene is by leaving the liquid to evaporate naturally and then throwing the tub away.

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Frequently asked questions

What is HIPS filament used for?

HIPS is a support filament most commonly used for ABS filament. HIPS filament supports all overhangs and any bridging of a 3D model throughout the printing process. Once the model has cooled down, the HIPS filament support structures can be dissolved in d’limonene.

What filament uses HIPS filament supports?

ABS filament and ASA filament. ABS filament and ASA filament are very compatible with HIPS filament as they share many properties and print at around the same temperatures. Printing two filament materials can only be achieved with a dual extrusion 3D printer. Test different settings to see what works best for your 3D printer.

How do you remove HIPS filament support structures?

HIPS support structures can be removed after soaking in d’limonene for 24 hours. Place your model into a tub filled with d’limonene and make sure the structures are fully submerged. After 24 hours, carefully separate the structures from the model, which will easily slip off. No sanding or filing is required since the support structures will not leave any residue behind.

How do you dissolve HIPS filament?

To dissolve HIPS filament supports, submerge the 3D model or printed object in a container of d’limonene for 24 hours. Shake the tub now and then for faster removal. 

How do you dispose of d’limonene?

The best way to dispose of d’limonene is to let the liquid evaporate and throw away the container. D’limonene can be diluted with water and poured down the drain if you live in a region that supports waste treatment. Check with your local municipality guidelines for the disposing of chemicals as d’limonene is a natural chemical.

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