HIPS Filament by Maker Filament - 2.85mm - Pure White 1kg

HIPS Filament by Maker Filament -  2.85mm - Pure White 1kg


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HIPS Filament by Maker Filament -  2.85mm - Pure White 1kg

HIPS is a High Impact Polystyrene filament and has an interesting property that makes it particularly well suited as a support material - it is soluble in_Limonene (easy to find on Amazon.com). If you have a dual extruder, you can print with ABS and HIPS to create structures impossible to make without support. Then, a soak in_Limonene (see above picture, the white portion of that cube in the HIPS and the Black is ABS) dissolves away the HIPS leaving the final part.

Very cool and the possibilities are mind boggling. It only comes in white but since it is going to be dissolved away, that should not be a problem! It extrudes around 230C.

I found this info from a blog at http://www.3dppvd.org about printing with HIPS as a support material; the above picture is from this blog post as he was dissolving away the white HIPS to leave the Black ABS Cube behind.

I made my prints with a Makerbot Replicator 1 with two extruders. My process was simple.

  1. Both extruders set to 235C.
  2. Heated bed set to 115 (HIPS sticks really well at this temp and I did not have any curling issues).
  3. Wait for print to fully cool. HIPS stays very pliable until its cool and will bend when removing from your plate if not fully cooled.
  4. Place in a glass jar with enough limonene to cover for 24 hours, agitating as frequently as possible. Time may vary depending on the amount of material used, so monitor status every couple of hours.
  5. Remove your print and rinse in fresh water.

Your print will maintain a pungent smell of oranges _ but hey, thats not so bad, right?

Maker Filament PLA & ABS

ABS & PLA 3D Printer Filament Extruded, Sourced and Made in the USA
MAKE Magazine comes out to MakerGeeks.com to talk shop...

Press Release: July, 2014 - MakerGeeks.com is very pleased to present our newest 3D printing adventure.... Maker Filament, our very own in-house PLA and ABS filament; MakerGeeks is one of the first companies to solely focus on 3D printing filament manufacturing as it's sole offering in the USA. While there are a few other USA extrusion houses of mono-filament they often operate in small and expensive batches or do so as a side line business in co-junction with their profile or sheet extrusion offerings.

So, MakerGeeks.com now has a brand new shiny large scale, high-speed, high-tolerance extruder right here on US soil and it's our goal to remove the need to order ABS/ PLA filament from China (nearly all 3D printer ABS/PLA filament in the past started its life in China; even the really good stuff!). So that's why we are focusing on becoming a large scale producer of ABS/PLA Filament here in the USA; we'll be able to offer you a 3D printer filament that is far superior to what's out there already for about 50% the price of traditional filament, plus bring jobs and industry to our beautiful city of Springfield, MO!! (Click here to read the MakerGeeks story... "Make Happy"!)

We take the time to dry our raw virgin PLA or ABS pellets to 0% humidity and a dew point of negative 50c before the extrusion process begins as well as keeping the pellets in a closed and sealed system throughout the extrusion process. This allows our Maker Filament to be completely moisture free and thus give superior 3D printing results and keep our dimensional tolerance as tight as possible; which in turn allows us to run faster and make more filament! During the extrusion process we use a real time laser diameter gauge that communicates back to the extruder screw to adjust in real time the diameter of the filament - so what you end up with is a very high tolerance finished product.

The next big concern after quality is afford-ability, by using the best equipment we have the in-house capabilities to produce up to 250 metric tons (that's over 250,000 spools of filament) each year which allows us to get the best prices from our vendors for colorant, raws, spools and supplies. Also, being located in the middle of the USA allows for superior freight rates and fast shipping.

We also take a minimalist approach to packaging, we vacuum seal each spool as it comes off the filament line along with a desiccant however we don't waste money on expensive full color boxes which are just a frivolous and environmental waste in our opinion; since you throw away the box once you open the filament. All these things allow us to keep the focus where it should be: producing the best and highest quality 3D printing filament on the market today!

We are makers just like you and we 3D print A LOT here at the shop, well north of 100,000 printing hours every year... so we know things that work and things that don't work and we can adjust our manufacturing in real time to make sure that our Maker Filament is of the utmost quality, design, color and usability. We test each batch on a variety of 3D printers, hotends and applications (both in-house and through our beta-testers) before that batch is packaged and shipped out to you - so we know it'll work, each time and every-time! At Maker Geeks we know there is a BIG difference between just re-selling something and actually manufacturing and using that part day in and day out, and it's a difference I know you'll come to see and appreciate after just one print with Maker Filament PLA or ABS!! Give us a try and I believe you'll see great results - you have my word on that!

All the honor, glory & praise be to the ONE true Maker... our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

"Through Him (God) all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made." - John 1:3

3D Printing Facts, Tips, Tricks & Other Bottom of the Page Nuggets
from MakerGeeks.com

What Temperature to 3D Print your Filament at?

While each 3D Printer is different and you will need to play around with the temps to get the best print here are some starter temps for you; these are all temperature profiles that are verified and confirmed print temps on the MakerGeeks.com 3D Printers (9 different machines from pre-built D3 and D4 to our own DIY custom Reprap printers) with the actual filament we sell to you... so they will get you 99% of the way there!

195c - 210c
210c - 215c
230c - 235c

175c - Smooth
210c - Rough

165c (light colored wood)
210c (very dark colored wood)

How do I get my filament to stick and STAY stuck?

This one is a multi-faceted answer but here are the basics:

  1. Your print bed has to be level!! I mean, spend some time on this one... if it isn't level like a... well... like something that's really level - then your print won't stick and it won't come out looking right.
  2. Next... CLEAN, CLEAN, then RE CLEAN, have a sandwich and a soda-pop and then CLEAN again... use acetone and a lint free towel to make sure your print surface is clean and free from oils and dirt.
  3. If you are having a hard time printing on glass try using some Kapton tape as that will give you a little better stick
  4. If you have a heated print surface... TURN IT ON!! Even when the filament used might not call for it, I always turn on my heat bed (who doesn't like a warm bed!!); even if it's just 40c it will really help. For PLA normally you'll want about 60c and for ABS you'll want 110c
  5. For ABS 3D Printing room temperature really matters... you need to keep your entire build warm; so if you can't print out in a warm room try putting a box over the printer to keep that build area as warm as possible.
  6. Try making "ABS Juice" - just add some scrap ABS filament to a bottle of acetone and let it dissolve and then use that to clean your print surface as normal; the dissolved ABS will give your printer extra STICK OR you can use "Aqua-Net Super Hold" hair spray (must be this brand to work right)... just clean your board as always and then lightly spray the Aqua-Net on the print board and print away (this method is my favorite as it seems to work best for me!)
  7. KEEP trying!! You'll get it and once you do have it dialed in then you have it forever... each printer is different; make sure you make notes of what works and what doesn't for each filament you use and each printer you have. So, in the future when you want to print out that EPIC "Yogi Bear" figurine in MakerGeeks.com Blue you know what to set up your GCODE for.

What is the main differences between PLA and ABS 3D Printer Filament?

The main difference between PLA filament and ABS filament is that ABS is produced from fossil fuels and PLA is derived from biological resources, which makes PLA plastic biodegradable. Check out this 3D Printing Filament Impact Test -- PLA vs ABS vs PETG vs Sledgehammer (click here to watch the videos)!! When it comes to 3D printing the key differences between ABS and PLA are:

  • PLA is a rigid liquid and ABS is a crystallized liquid, meaning that when heated ABS transits slowly from a gel to liquid and PLA transits direct from solid to liquid.
  • ABS is more flexible and PLA is more solid, meaning when stressed PLA will snap sooner.
  • PLA is more glossy looking consumable than ABS (see photos when selecting your material).�

Wow, you have a 1kg spool of filament... SO What! How much actual filament is that??

Big question of the day is... how long is a spool of 3D Printing Filament!? Hummmmm, I think even Blinky the wise old MakerGeeks.com owl might have a hard time with that question but never fear... we have the answer!!

1/kg Spool

PLA 1.75mm

PLA 3mm

ABS 1.75mm

ABS 3mm





... and what does that mean to me and you!! Well, check this out... if you are printing with 3.00mm filament for a iPhone case you need about 2,700mm of filament; for a EPIC Starship Enterprize Model you'll need about 12,000mm of 3D Filament and for a full Kossel 3D Printer Kit we normally use about 50,000mm of filament. Another way to look at it according to MakerBot is that 1 spool of 3D Filament produces about 392 full sized chess pieces. Whoa... that's a lot of chess!!


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