Try these 3D printing support materials on your next print

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.

3D Printing Support Materials
3D Printing Support Material from a FormLabs Form1+ Stereolithography (SLA) Print

The table below lists some currently available 3D printing support materials.


Product nameManufacturerMaterialFormMelting PointPrice/kgCertificationMin Printing TempMax Printing Temp ©
HIPSSpectrum FilamentsHIPSFilament46200235
NaturPlasty mladecHIPSFilament20200230
EasyFil HIPS Whiteform futuraHIPSFilament42.67fda220260
WhiteAll Professional 3D HIPSFilament23.95200250
PVASpectrum FilamentsPVAFilament110200230
NaturPlasty mladecPVAFilament16378200230
Aquasolveform futuraPVAFilament120180205

We are always revising our site to give you the most up-to-date 3D printing information. If you have anything to add to our support materials list, please contact us HERE! Let us know if there are any 3D printing support materials missing from our list or, if you have any comments, tip, suggestions or edits, please send them our way! We appreciate your input and feedback.