Formfutura EasyFil™ HIPS Dark Blue is a beautiful deep ultramarine blue coloured and 100% opaque filament. 3D printed objects in EasyFil™ HIPS Dark Blue will definitely have a royal, fresh and classy matt coloured appearance.
EasyFil™ HIPS will be a true competitor for mass mainstream 3D printing materials, such as PLA and ABS. With EasyFil™ HIPS being positioned as a new mainstream 3D printer filament, it will now bring a special 3D print material to the ordinary. You will now be able to print PolyStyrene objects just as easy as PLA, or ABS objects!
EasyFil™ HIPS is a is thermoplastic polymer filament known as High Impact PolyStyrene, which is especially designed for 3D printing PolyStyrene objects. EasyFil™ HIPS distinguishes itself from “normal” HIPS filaments by being slightly softer and more flexible – in combination with very limited warping, having an excellent thermal stability and 3D print flowing behaviour – resulting in a truly “easy to print” HIPS 3D printer filament and a true asset to our EasyFil™ filament range. With EasyFil™ HIPS you will be able to 3D print PolyStyrene objects with fine detail in a beautiful matt coloured finish.
EasyFil™ HIPS 3D printed parts are very lightweight and can very easily be glued together with a variety of adhesives, such as HIPS styrene glues, epoxy based adhesives, superglues and also with contact adhesives. These specific characteristics of EasyFil™ HIPS, make our EasyFil™ HIPS an ideal filament for applications like model building, or for gluing modular prints.
PolyStyrene is a thermoplastic which is very chemically inert, being resistant to acids and bases. Because of its resilience and inertness, PolyStyrene is one of the most widely used thermoplastic polymers in the world. PolyStyrene is for instance extensively being used in the food packaging industry, but also for the production of e.g. disposable plastic cutlery/dinnerware and CD/DVD jewel cases.
EasyFil™ HIPS has outstanding characteristics with respect to hygiene, strength and heat resistance and it prints really smoothly. 3D printed objects with EasyFil™ HIPS can be sanded, primed and if needed painted with acrylic afterwards. By giving your EasyFil™ HIPS printed object an acetone vapor smoothing treatment you will be able to create a really smooth and shiny surface. Your FFF/FDM 3D printed object will almost look like an injection moulded model.
EasyFil™ HIPS is available in various vivid colours and prints best at approximately 235°C. It is recommended to set your heated print bed temperature at approximately 90-110°C. EasyFil™ HIPS has an excellent roundness and very tight diameter tolerances, which makes this filament a perfect match with all common desktop 3D printers. Printing with EasyFil™ HIPS 3D printer filament will go very smoothly with basically all FFF/FDM technology based desktop 3D printers, such as:
• Ultimaker • RepRap (Mendel, Huxley, Prusa) • Solidoodle • MakerBot (Replicator, Replicator 2, Replicator 2X) • Leapfrog • UP! Plus, Up! Mini • AND MANY MORE....!
Our EasyFil™ HIPS does not contain any hazourdas, or chemical substances. In fact, all our EasyFil™ HIPS filaments are RoHS certified and REACH compliant.
Product details Our EasyFil™ HIPS 3D printer filament is wrapped on a transparent ABS plastic spool which contains approximately 0.75Kg of filament. Our spool-wrapped EasyFil™ HIPS filaments are packed in a silica sealed bag and come in a full colour printed cardboard box, which in turn is also sealed in plastic. Please see below for more details with respect to the weight and packaging of our spool-wrapped EasyFil™ HIPS 3D printer filaments:
Filament Net Weight:
± 0.75 Kg
Spool Size (D x h):
200 mm x 55 mm
Spool Hub Diameter:
Carton Box Size (L x W x H):
200 mm x 200 mm x 60 mm
For more technical specifications about our EasyFil™ HIPS 3D printer filament, please have a look at the 'SPECIFICATIONS' tab.
General Tips & Tricks for printing with EasyFil™ HIPS filament
It is recommended to have your print bed temperature set to approximately 90-110°C when printing with EasyFil™ HIPS. You may have to adjust the temperature settings of your print bed slightly based on your type of printer.
Do not remove the print from the build platform until the object is cooled/hardened (as HIPS remains pliable when heat bed is still hot).
Fabsterdam.com Posted on 10 December 2014 at 14:21
High-Impact PolyStyrene (HIPS) is one of the less known 3d-printing materials. Most people that have heard of it know it as a dissolvable support material used in combination with ABS, because it dissolves in d-limonene (and ABS does not). It is not frequently used as a printing material in itself.
The guys from Formfutura want to change that because they believe that EasyFil™ HIPS could be a very nice primary printing material. They are bringing out a line of EasyFil™ HIPS filaments in 1.75mm and 2.85 mm diameters, at the moment only in white but black, red and gray are planned. They asked us to test a spool of their 2.85mm EasyFil™ HIPS White and see how it compares to ABS and PLA. We wanted to look at a number of characteristics: extruder temperature, print bed, warping, quality and ‘smoothability’ (i.e., can EasyFil™ HIPS be vapor-smoothed like ABS with Acetone).
EasyFil™ HIPS requires a fairly high extruder temperature. We tried 210ºC, 225ºC and 235ºC. At 210ºC, extrusion was uneven and clotty, typical signs of too low a temperature. At 225ºC extrusion was better but inter-layer adhesion was poor: one of our test prints broke in two during printing. Both of these problems disappeared at 235ºC: the filament extruded smoothly and the layers held together strongly. Bridging worked very well at this temperature as well.
While the relatively high minimum extruder temperature may be a problem for some hot-ends, it is still in the safe range for most (e.g., our Budaschnozzle can be used up to 240ºC). An advantage of the higher melting temperature of EasyFil™ HIPS vs. PLA could be that the printed part can be used close to a heat source, for instance as extruder parts.
EasyFil™ HIPS sticks perfectly to the BuildTak sheets at a heated bed temperature of 110ºC. This is the setup we use for ABS so we expected it to work for EasyFil™ HIPS as well. But we were happy to discover that EasyFil™ HIPS also sticks very well to bare Kapton tape at a bed temperature of 90ºC (unlike ABS, which we’ve only gotten to stick reliably on BuidTak or ABS-juice). Furthermore, after cooling down to room temperature, the prints pop off very easily, almost by themselves. The possibility to print on untreated Kapton tape is definitely a plus of EasyFil™ HIPS over ABS.
One of the problems we (and many with us) have seen with ABS is thermal cracks: the layers contract while cooling too quickly and break apart. With EasyFil™ HIPS, we did not have any cracking whatsoever, it appears to not shrink much at all. This is a clear win of EasyFil™ HIPS over ABS. In another print, we saw some light corner lifting with EasyFil™ HIPS but that was likely due to poor bed levelling.
One of the things that immediately stood out is the whiteness of the EasyFil™ HIPS filament. It is a much brighter white than we have seen in ABS or PLA. This makes it perfect for printing… snowmen. EasyFil™ HIPS prints are much lighter than the same object in PLA (about ⅔ of the weight). Although we didn’t do any testing, the prints seem mechanically similar to ABS: more flexible and less rigid/brittle than PLA.
One of the properties that makes ABS our favorite over PLA is the possibility to use acetone vapor to smooth and strengthen the object. We have done this a number of times in the past; all of our printers’ ABS parts are smoothed and they are much more durable than untreated ones. EasyFil™ HIPS is dissolvable in d-limonene but since it is ‘related‘ to ABS we thought that perhaps we could acetone-vapor smooth EasyFil™ HIPS as well. As it turns out, EasyFil™ HIPS can be acetone-smoothed like ABS! The piece does not only look better but it is a lot stronger as well because the printing layers have fused together. We were very happy with this result because (combined with the much lower shrinkage) it means that ABS just got a serious competitor for use as a material for 3d-printed mechanical parts.