The HIPS or High Impact Polystyrene, is quite similar to ABS material. They share similar characteristics and features. HIPS is also commonly used as support material taking into account its versatility and impact resistant qualities.
- Material: HIPS Filament
- Size: 343 meters
- Form: Solid
- Size: 1.75mm diameter
- Filament Diameter: +/- 0.05mm
- Filament Roundness: +/- 0.07mm
- Recommended Print Temperature: 210 – 230°C, depending on printer model
- Compatible with standard spool based 3D printer
- Package Weight: 1.2kg (2.65lb.)
- Package Size: 21cm x 21cm x 8cm (8.27in x 8.27in x 3.15in
- Manufactured for standard 3D printers
- High dimensional stability for better accuracy
- Good melt and adhesion properties
- Full range of colors to choose
- Wide spool diameter for straighter filament.
- HIPS Filament 1.75mm for printing
HIPS filaments run with tight tolerances, with no air bubbles or any oily residues. Each filament comes on a hard, durable, loaded plastic spool. HIPS is also known as High Impact Polystyrene, and it’s quite similar to ABS and shares some qualities.
Their printing temperatures are nearly identical, and they’re less risky to deform from changes in temperatures. They also have similar physical properties, in terms of tensile strength, density, hardness. If you need a soluble product that is easily sanded, machined, glued, painted – HIPS is a good filament option.
HIPS is often used as supporting material in 3d printing. HIPS comes in different bright, vibrant colors to choose for wide variety of projects. Compatible with most standard 3D printers with 1.75mm extruder and a heated print bed.
The HIPS filament can also be used for majority of 3D stencil printing or projects that need a dissolvable support.
If you’re using HIPS as printing support, you need to submerge the print in limonene for 24 hours; then gently shake the container every few minutes to help speed up dissolution.
High Impact Polystyrene is a graft copolymer with combination of polybutadiene and polystyrene. This results to an affordable 3D printing plastic that combines rigidity, toughness, flexibility and impact absorption.
The resulting polymer is resilient which a standard polystyrene don’t have. It’s stronger, doesn’t brittle, and can take stronger impacts without any breaking. The HIPS filament is a pretty inexpensive 3D plastic material with machinability and good impact resistance. This is a moldable material that comes with good dimension stability.
HIPS ideally prints at temperature that range from 230 to 240 °C. Avoid letting the nozzle temperature go too low as the HIPS filament will not liquefy and this often results to under extrusion. Be sure to keep the printing bed temperature between 90 to 110 °C. To make sure the HIPS has adhesion to the printing bed, you can use Kapton Spray or Kapton Tape.
HIPS can be extruded in high printing speeds up to 70 mm/s, though the best results can be achieved in low speeds less than 40mm/s. This is especially true if you have printing designs that has complex and intricate details.
After every print job, please allow the print to fully cool off for better molding. The 3D print that’s done with HIPS can be prone to warping if it’s not cooled off completely. It’s recommended that you keep the cooling fan at low speed only, or just turn it off. The gradual cool off can reduce warping risks.
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