3D Printing Support Materials
There are a variety of options for 3D printing support materials for each deposition method. Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA) and High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) are two of the most commonly used support materials for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). They can be deposited like any other thermoplastic filament in a dual extruding 3D printer. After the print is complete, the support material can be washed away leaving a smooth finish. Stereolithography (SLA) uses UV curable resin to build the 3D printed part as well as the support material. Once the print is complete, the support material easily snaps off of the print. Below you can see an example of the 3D printing support material from a FormLabs Form1+ Stereolithography (SLA) print post processing.
The table below lists some currently available 3D printing support materials.
|Product name||Manufacturer||Material||Form||Melting Point||Price/kg||Certification||Min Printing Temp||Max Printing Temp ©|
|EasyFil HIPS White||form futura||HIPS||Filament||42.67||fda||220||260|
|White||All Professional 3D||HIPS||Filament||23.95||200||250|
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