TOP SEARCH TERMS
CANCEL
TOP SEARCH TERMS

MakerBot Filament | It’s Melting, It’s Melting!

MBDissolvableFilament

Made specifically for the MakerBot® Replicator® 2X Experimental 3D Printer, new MakerBot® Dissolvable Filament works beautifully with MakerBot® ABS Filament and dual extrusion prints, giving you solid infill for delicate overhangs and objects with internal moving parts.

Our crazy-in-a-good-way advanced-materials scientist, Polymer Bill, says, “I’m really excited about MakerBot Dissolvable Filament. It opens up possibilities. You can get to 3D prints that were simply unobtainable before. It just makes you think differently about how to 3D print.”

Polymer Bill is right: there’s something a little different about MakerBot Dissolvable Filament. You can use it to print as a solid block of infill inside an object, allowing you to create detailed and delicate internal structures like the inside of this ball bearing.

MakerBot Dissolvable Filament dissolves in limonene, a common, colorless, citrus-scented solvent available online and in grocery and home stores. Just immerse your print in a limonene bath and, depending on the size and geometry of your object, MakerBot Dissolvable Filament will melt away in just 8-24 hours.

Bonus: Your print holds a refreshing citrus scent for a few days after its bath.

Buy your spool of MakerBot Dissolvable Filament now.

Tagged with 23 comments
 

23 Comments so far

  • CornGolem
    September 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm
     

    I guess that it isn’t PVA, what is it ?
    Too bad it takes so long to dissolve.

     
  • bonooobong
    October 1, 2013 at 7:07 am
     

    is this one an alternative for the water-soluble PVA filament which is too expensive? which polymer is it made from? btw it looks awesome, cannot wait to give it a try!

     
  • propellerscience
    October 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm
     

    Limonene smells like a thousand fresh oranges at once. Somehow.

     
  • Jon
    October 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm
     

    This a great development in 3D printing technology.

     
  • T
    October 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm
     

    Its just HIPS

     
  • Jeremy
    October 9, 2013 at 4:54 am
     

    Will this also work in the standard replicator 2 machine or only the 2X? If it works with the 2, I have a bunch of fun dissolving tricks planned!

     
  • Bence
    October 11, 2013 at 2:06 am
     

    Would this work with a Replicator 1 Dual?

     
  • Rex Brodie
    October 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm
     

    Used the Hilbert cube for my first HIPS test . Limonene works remarkably well … Raft and supports completely dissolved in 5 ½ hrs.

     
  • Trev
    October 16, 2013 at 6:00 am
     

    Limonene is absolutely not friendly to your heath, especially in concentrated form. You should not be breathing its vapors. Vent the solvent outside your home. You should wash the printed product so that no traces of residue or vapors remain after the solvent has done its job.

     
  • Jay
    October 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm
     

    @ Trev – Excerp from from WebMD
    “Limonene is a chemical found in the peels of citrus fruits and in other plants. It is used to make medicine.

    Limonene is used to promote weight loss, prevent cancer, treat cancer, and treat bronchitis.

    In foods, beverages, and chewing gum, limonene is used as a flavoring.

    In pharmaceuticals, limonene is added to help medicinal ointments and creams penetrate the skin.

    In manufacturing, limonene is used as a fragrance, cleaner (solvent), and as an ingredient in water-free hand cleansers.”

     
  • Elliot Nesterman
    December 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm
     

    Here’s a limonene MSDS. It’s an irritant. Don’t get it in your eyes. Don’t soak your hands in it. Don’t breathe the concentrated vapors.
    But it’s only toxic if ingested, nor is it carcinogenic, and it’s far less dangerous to one’s health than petroleum solvents.
    http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9924495

     
  • Manifester
    December 17, 2013 at 3:51 am
     

    You’re both half right.
    Limonene is used in many products, particularly cosmetics and luxury soaps.

    However, in the concentration you will likely be using, Limonene can be a potent skin irritant.
    You must always wear gloves when working with it. Nitrile gloves are recommended as many “rubber gloves” that you normally get will actually also dissolve in Limonene.
    You must wash the prints well after the process or else they’ll make your hands very itchy.

    The fumes can be irritating too, affecting some people worse than others. I always go outside to work with it and it tends to be fine at room temperature. Generally you want to put whatever you’re dissolving in a seal-able container or pot.

    DO NOT heat up limonene in an attempt to make the HIPS dissolve faster: This greatly increases the danger of the fumes and often can discolour the model (I’m not sure how its reaction with the dye but heated limonene turned all our prints white).

    A last note: Limonene is a bit expensive and considered hazardous waste because of its low flash point. It’s not a bad idea to recycle it, just make sure that you be careful and put it in a container that won’t dissolve (like glass or PLA. ABS will eventually soften in limonene because it also is Styrene)

    As long as you follow those guide-lines you should be able to operate fairly well.
    At manifester (www.manifester.com.au) we’ve been using HIPS as support structure for the last three months and it’s been working great.

     
  • Marcus Olsson
    February 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm
     

    Should I blend it with water, or shall i use it in the concentrated form?

     
  • Gerald
    February 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm
     

    Does anyone know if you can print an entire object with the dissolvable filament? My plan is to print an object, build up a plaster mold around it, dissolve it and replace with molten bronze. Thoughts?

     
  • Tiffany Diorio
    Tiffany Diorio
    March 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm
     

    @Gerald – You can certainly print an object entirely in dissolvable. If you’re looking to create a lost wax molding though it’s a bit easier to do with PLA filament. If you have any other questions about this please reach out to us at thoughts(at)makerbot(dot)com.

     
  • Charles
    March 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm
     

    We just purchased a MakerBot Replicator 2X, and found it to work great. We currently have a Dimension SST 1200es, which uses soluble support. It dissolves in either EcoWorks (http://www.cimetrixsolutions.com/products/ecoworks) or a Hydroxide solution. We switched from Hydroxide to EcoWorks because it is less caustic and easier to work with and dispose.

    Because of this, we actually have a heated recirculating tank (we heat our Dimension parts to 70°C) in a bath that recirculates the solution. Is there an appropriate solvent that will work well with our existing recirculating tank?

    Manifester suggests not using our heated recirculating tank with limonene.

     
  • Charles
    March 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm
     

    What concentration of limonene is suggested? I can find it in “up to 5%” concentration, and 100% concentration.

    I assume we need to be using it in 5% concentrations?

     
  • Alex
    May 28, 2014 at 2:32 am
     

    @Gerald – Just did a “lost” casting with dissolvable filament in plaster and learned some interesting things that others have mentioned. First, the dissolvable filament floats in liquid plaster, so you need to hold it down mechanically. Second, the d-limonene takes a long time to work. My object took 5 hours to print and it took about 5 days in 100% d-limonene to dissolve. This was without agitation or ultrasonic vibration. The final mold looks great, though!

     
  • Steve
    July 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm
     

    This looks very promising for some parts with overhang I am doing and just put in an order for makerbot replicator 2x (already am very happy with makerbot replicator 2, but am stuck on some parts that have significant overhang in places where supports are hard to remove).

     
    • Tiffany Diorio
      Tiffany Diorio
      July 7, 2014 at 6:20 pm
       

      Hi Steve,
      In general, the saturated solution is non-hazardous waste and can be thrown away, but we recommend checking in with your local waste management corporation on the best way to dispose of it just so you’re sure.
      Also, to answer your second question, MakerWare will automatically generate supports, so you don’t have to create them yourself. To make sure that you’re printing supports with dissolvable filament you can go in MakerWare and select which extruder you want to print supports out.
      If you have any other questions feel free to reach out to us at thoughts(at)makerbot(dot)com.

       
  • steve
    July 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm
     

    I am curious how people dispose of the solution of limonene and polystyrene that results after dissolving the support material. The limonene is biodegradable but the polystyrene support material is not. Do you wait for the polystyrene to evaporate and recycle or throw away what is left?

     
  • steve
    July 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm
     

    Also, will the software automatically create supports and raft using the dissolvable material or do you have to build those in and specify? I have not used a two color 3d printer before.

     
  • Evan
    July 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm
     

    What should I do if this filament has been waterlogged? Can I heat it in the oven at a low temperature?

     
 

Leave your comment

 
 
 

xhtml: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

 
 
Chat
What can we help you with today?
I want to chat with Sales.
I have a question about an existing order.
I have a technical question about my device.
Continue
Existing Orders
For faster service, enter your order number
(found in your confirmation e-mail)
Skip
Submit