HIPS

HIPS, or High Impact Polystyrene, is a dissolvable support material that is commonly used with ABS. When being used as a support material, HIPS can be dissolved in d-Limonene, leaving your print free of any markings caused by support removal. HIPS has many of the same printing properties as ABS, making it a logical dual extrusion partner. Not only is HIPS great for supporting your ABS prints, it’s also more dimensionally stable and slightly lighter than ABS, making it a great choice for parts that would end up getting worn out or used in applications that can benefit from the lighter weight.

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Impact and water resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Dissolvable by d-Limonene

Cons

  • Heated bed required
  • Heated chamber recommended
  • High printing temperature
  • Ventilation required