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Huge variety of 3D-print objects now possible with new support material

08 August 2015

The boundaries of what is possible with entry-level 3D printing have now been removed by HK3D, as it introduces the new Infinity Rinse Away technology from 3D Systems.

The complexity of designs were previously constrained by the likelihood of damage to intricate parts due to the hazardous processes involved in removing support material.

This new support material enables PlasticJet Printing (PJP) users to break beyond historical limitations as it permits the possibility of elaborate patterns with degrees of freedom and suspension in space that were previously thought impossible.

Available on the 3D Systems Cube series of 3D Printing machines (top picture), the new Infinity Rinse-Away support material is a water soluble filament that enables end users to print parts with rinse-away supports. The rinse-away supports are easy and fast to remove for great looking finished parts. Designers and component developers no longer have to deal with 'support stubble' that is often left behind with the old break away support materials.

Parts produced using the new support material

Compatible with PLA plastics, the Infinity Rinse-Away support material can be washed away by either holding the part under running water or by placing the part in a tub of warm water to soak for a few minutes. Environmentally friendly, the Infinity Rinse-Away is a biodegradable, corn-based plastic material that dissolves completely in water and is not toxic to use. In fact, the new material is as safe to use as children's crafting glue.

Only designated as a printing support material, the Infinity Rinse-Away prints in standard resolution and does not impact upon the resolution of the primary part being printed. The Infinity Rinse-Away print cartridges are no different from current PLA and ABS cartridges and the standard shelf life of 12 months holds true for these cartridges as well.

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