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HIPS Filament

HIPS isa dissolvable support material commonly used with ABS
Overview | Positives & NegativesHardware Requirements

An Overview of HIPS Filament

HIPS, or High Impact Polystyrene, is a dissolvable support material that is commonly used with ABS. When being used as a support material, HIPS can be dissolved in d-Limonene, leaving your print free of any markings caused by support removal. HIPS has many of the same printing properties as ABS, making it a logical dual extrusion partner.

Not only is HIPS great for supporting your ABS prints, it’s also more dimensionally stable and slightly lighter than ABS, making it a great choice for parts that would end up getting worn out or used in applications that can benefit from the lighter weight.

Positives

  • Low cost
  • Impact and water resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Dissolvable by d-Limonene

Negatives

  • Heated bed required
  • Heated chamber recommended
  • High printing temperature
  • Ventilation required

Typical Hardware Requirements

Printer Bed

Temperature: 100-115 °C
Heated Bed Required
Enclosure Reccomended

Build Surface

Glue Stick
Glass Plate
Kapton Tape
PET Sheets

Filament Extruder

Temperature: 230-245 °C
No special hot-end required

Cooling Fan

Cooling Fan Not Required

Getting Started

Common Applications

  • Dissolvable Support Material for ABS
  • Cosplay & Wearables
  • Protective Cases

Popular Brands

  • GizmoDorks HIPS
  • FormFutura EasyFil HIPS
  • Matterhackers HIPS
  • eSun HIPS

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