HydroSupport dissolves completely in water and is much easier to print with than PVA filament. Because it dissolves in water, HydroSupport only needs to be soaked a few hours to easily work supports off by hand, or 2 – 12 hours to dissolve completely. The process can be sped up further by using warm water and agitation. For example, by using a heated ultrasonic tank.
HydroSupport is non-toxic, meaning it can be rinsed down the drain without harming the environment or wildlife.
HydroSupport has a high tensile strength and feels like PLA when printing is complete. Use it as a support material to print large overhangs, intricate inner geometry, and deep cavities.
NOTE: Because HydroSupport breaks down in water, it is sensitive to high levels of humidity in the air. For best results store unused HydroSupport filament in a sealed container with desiccant.
Extruder: 215 – 230 C
Buildplate: 45 – 60 C
Speeds: Start with your favorite PLA settings
Retraction Distance: 1 – 10 mm
Retraction Speed: 20 mm/s
Every 3D printer is a little different, so please experiment a bit to dial in your ideal settings before starting a large project.
We find that reducing the gap between supports and model to 0.00 mm helps with adhesion and surface finish.
HydroSupport will commonly ooze more than PLA. If you have the option of using an ooze shield and purge tower, please do.