3D Systems unveils new water soluble filament (VIDEO)


3D printing giant 3D Systems has released the new Infinity Rinse-Away support material – set to make 3D printing complex objects much easier.

Image credit: http://www.3dsystems.com/
Image credit: http://www.3dsystems.com/

In complex 3D objects, it usually takes more time to remove the support material than to print the object itself.

According to 3D Systems’, the problem has now been solved. With the new filament that dissolves in water, support structures on 3D printed objects can be easily removed.

“We are thrilled to expand our desktop printing materials with the introduction of Infinity Rinse-Away soluble support material, enabling never-before-possible results from consumer 3D printers,” said Peter Theran, Vice President, Global Consumer Products, 3DS.

Image credit: http://www.3dsystems.com/
Image credit: http://www.3dsystems.com/

“We are excited to see the amazing things that our growing user base will do with these powerful new capabilities.”

The non-toxic filament is made of biodegradable, corn-based plastic and is compatible with PLA plastic. It costs $49 and works with 3D Systems Cube and CubePro printers. It is even safe to pour the dissolved material down the drain. Larger pieces can be manually removed and discarded in the trash once slightly softened.

Infinity enables complex 3D prints with articulation, suspension and movement. With the Cubify App, or the client software for the CubePro 3D printer, support structures are automatically generated and optimised for very fast dissolving and a “swift breakaway”.

Visit 3D Systems’ website for more information. You can also watch the Infinity material video series to see how artists, engineers and designers are using it at work and at play.