SOLUBLE

SOLUBLE

As the name implies, water-soluble filaments produce prints that dissolve when soaked or submerged in water. If you have never used them before, you might ask – what will a print that degrades so easily be good for? Water-soluble filaments are primarily used to create support structures. You may be eyeing a design that has several overhanging features or have parts that are more complex than usual. If you do not want your print to fall apart before you are even done printing, then it would be a good idea to incorporate support structures into your design.

The most common compound used for water-soluble filaments is polyvinyl alcohol, or PVA. Being a polar compound, PVA completely dissolves in water, although the process may take a couple of hours. It is non-toxic and biodegradable, making it the material of choice for many industrial applications, such as textile glazing, paper coating, and contact lens solutions.

The best part about using PVA is that it breaks down into harmless and non-toxic alcohols after it dissolves in water. This means that you can safely dispose of the dissolved solution down your drain after using, although we still recommend flushing it down with liberal amounts of water to remove the alcohol-saturated solution from your drain pipes.

Lulzbot PolyDissolve S1 Filament by Polymaker (3mm, 750g Reel) - Project 3D Printers
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Lulzbot PolyDissolve S1 Filament by Polymaker (3mm, 750g Reel)

Lulzbot

PolyDissolve S1 by Polymaker 3mm, 750g Reel Suited for Intermediate Users Printing organic shapes with no flat surface? Complex geometry where...

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BuMat - Elite PVA Filament - Project 3D Printers
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BuMat - Elite PVA Filament

BuMat

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M3D - PVA Filament (250FT PVA 3D Ink) - Project 3D Printers
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M3D - PVA Filament (250FT PVA 3D Ink)

M3D

PVA 3D Ink® is polyvinyl alcohol; a soft, water soluble support material that works well with PLA prints. It can be used as a support material wit...

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Zortrax - Z-SUPPORT Premium (For M300 Dual) - Project 3D Printers
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Zortrax - Z-SUPPORT Premium (For M300 Dual)

Zortrax

Z-SUPPORT Premium Water-soluble BVOH 3D Filament A water-soluble support filament for 3D printing which has a fast dissolution rate and leaves no...

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BuMat - Elite HIPS Filament (Soluble) - Project 3D Printers
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BuMat - Elite HIPS Filament (Soluble)

BuMat

Product Description Batman and Robin, Bonnie and Clyde, your beloved machine and our top of the line filament — an elite team should only have t...

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Zortrax - Z-SUPPORT Premium Filament (For Inventure) - Project 3D Printers
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Zortrax - Z-SUPPORT Premium Filament (For Inventure)

Zortrax

Z-SUPPORT Premium Water-soluble BVOH 3D Filament A water-soluble support filament for 3D printing which has a fast dissolution rate and leaves no...

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Zortrax - Z-SUPPORT Plus Filament (For Inventure) - Project 3D Printers
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Zortrax - Z-SUPPORT Plus Filament (For Inventure)

Zortrax

Z-SUPPORT Plus Hight-temperature Soluble Support Filament Z-SUPPORT Plus is a PVA-based, water-soluble support filament designed to work with hig...

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