High Impact Polystyrene is a plastic that is strong, durable, non-toxic (in its natural colour) and recyclable. HIPS has excellent dimensional stability and is easily dissolved using Limonene solution. Due to these properties, HIPS is commonly used as a support material for dual nozzle printing. HIPS is not only useful as a support material though, it can be easily painted and glued making it great for printing prototypes.
HIPS is printed at almost exactly the same temperature as ABS (Around 230°C) making it the ideal support structure for complex ABS 3D prints. The similar printing temperature prevents either of the filament types warping during printing. A heated bed at around 90°C is usually recommended for printing with HIPS.
Overall, printing with HIPS is relatively easy and gives a strong, durable product that is useful on its own or as a support structure for other prints, particularly ABS. Much like ABS and PLA, it is a good idea to start with the print settings recommended on the Technical Data Sheet and incrementally adjust them until you get the best result.
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