Have you been in a situation where you need to print a sophisticated design that requires details? HIPS may be the support filament you need to achieve whatever type of thermoplastic printing you need. Not only is it a supporting material but it is also capable of 3D printing too. HIPS plastic material has several benefits that make it suitable for other 3D printing needs.
Good Support Material for 3D printing
HIPS is mostly used as complementary material to ABS in printing because they have almost the same printing temperature. Both materials do warp or deform. HIPS is also soluble in d-limonene making your prints free of dents and markings when removing support material.
It Can Be an Excellent Printing Material
Considering that it is relatively harder than ABS, stronger than PLA and that it is light to use, then this makes it more suited for 3D printing because it will also not warp like ABS. HIPS can be glued using adhesive, handle sanding well and can be easily painted making it suitable for mockups and prototypes.
Strong and Durable
HIPS is a graft synthetic copolymer that incorporated polystyrene and polybutadiene rubber that makes it durable, non-toxic, elastic and recyclable. The combination of hardness in polystyrene and the elasticity of rubber produce a high impact thermoplastic that is both strong and tough without being fragile.
A Good Extrusion Partner
3D printers print from the bottom upwards making designs that include overhangs to lack underlying support since printers cannot successfully extrude filament through thin air. HIPS provides support for overhanging materials and prevent warping, deformation or collapse of the design.
HIPS 3D printing filament is a notable printing material whose function is underrated. Whether you plan to use it as support material or as the primary material, you are certain that it will not disappoint.