High impact polystyrene (HIPS)

High impact polystyrene (HIPS)


  • High impact polystyrene (HIPS)
  • Copolymer that combines the hardness of polystyrene and the elasticity of rubber.
  • Can be used as support material.
  • Soluble in limonene, an easily obtainable solvent that is derived from the skin of lemons.
  • HIPS as a support material limits you to printing your actual part from ABS because other 3D printer filament materials will be damaged by the limonene.
  • But HIPS and ABS print well together in any case
  • Stronger than both PLA and ABS, warps less than ABS, and can easily be glued, sanded, and painted.
  • Will dissolve in approximately 8 to 24 hours when fully submerged in a Limonene bath.
  • HIPS remain pliable (easily bent or flexible) until it’s cool. Do not remove your print until fully cooled or it will bend.


Printing Parameters

  • Nozzle temperature: 230 ± 10⁰C
  • Bed temperature: 100 ⁰C
  • Chamber: open
  • Adhesion: ABS paste
  • Printing Speed: 70 mm/s


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  • Well spread in food industry for packaging
  • Also used to pack CD discs and to produce trays in medicine