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D’Limonene 3D Printing Solvent - HIPS Dissolver

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Dual Extrusion is made easy with D’Limonene 3D Printing Solvent, which effectively dissolves HIPS Filament while leaving ABS perfectly safe.

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3D Printing with a dual-extrusion machine is certainly a novel experience, and allows you to create very unique and advanced prints, which utilise multiple 3D Filaments simultaneously either for extra contrasting or complimentary effects, or for creating “Impossible Structures” with the help of support materials to keep the main materials in place before getting dissolved away. However, dissolving away the support materials is not always easy, and Makers often require specialised chemicals to ensure that the support material disappears without damaging the base material of the print you want to keep.

This is precisely why we stock items like these 1L bottles of D’Limonene 3D Printing Solvent, which acts as a HIPS Dissolver to slowly decompose HIPS Filament support materials in order to leave you with perfect, blemish-free ABS prints that have no signs of support remains or blotchy colours where support the material and the ABS Filament were in close contact during the printing process. This is vital for any Makers who love to create perfect pieces of art, and is particularly important for prints in which size, scale and tolerances need to be exact, such as in Prototyping, architecture, fashion design and creative prints for Cosplay and other fun hobbies.

This d’Limonene is surprisingly easy to use, but must be used with a fair amount of caution since it is a relatively harsh chemical. As such, it’s a good idea to always wear the appropriate skin and inhalation protection like gloves and a face mask. Additionally, it’s very important to note that this chemical does have a relatively low flash point of only 48°C, so be sure to keep it out of reach of direct sunlight, fire and, of course, children. And finally, although it may smell pretty darn good, like the smell of citrus and orange peels, it must never be ingested, so be sure to mark any bottles that you are decanting this to, and keep it out of reach of anyone who may mistake it for tasty juice.

For more information on how to use d’Limonene to dissolve supports, be sure to read the final paragraph of this description.

 

D’Limonene HIPS Dissolving 3D Printing Solvent  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Chemical Colour (Pre-Dissolve)

– Water-White / Slight Yellow                                     

  • Chemical Colour (Post-Dissolve)

– Opaque Yellow / White

  • Odour

– Citrus / Oranges

  • Chemical Formula

– C10H16

  • Chemical Type

– Solvent

  • Volume

– 1 Litre

 

Tips for Effectively Utilising D’Limonene HIPS Dissolving Solvent:

Using d’Limonene 3D Printing Solvent to dissolve HIPS Filament is surprisingly easy, and simply requires that the user fills a small container deep enough to fit the entire print, and then wait for the HIPS to fall off. However, we also have some fantastic tips to help speed up this process, as well as how to avoid wasting any – so you get more value out of each and every drop.

Tip 1: Try to find a container that matches the size of your print, so you can use as little d’limonene as possible to submerge the entire print for an extended period of time.

Tip 2: Agitating and warming the chemical can speed up the process, so some users like to utilise aquarium bubblers and low heat to increase the speed at which the HIPS dissolves. However, it’s important to remember the flashpoint of 49°C, and ensure that it never goes anywhere near that temperature.

Tip 3: After dissolving some HIPS, if the d’limonene is not entirely opaque, you may be able to re-use it for more prints. Over time, and with some trial and error, you will be able to identify when d’limonene is “maxxed out”, or when you might be able to get just one more print dissolved in the solution.

Tip 4: There may be times in which you don’t have to leave the print in for extended periods of time, and sometimes you might just want to use d’limonene to soften the supports to make them easier to break off manually. This will save some time and cost compared to letting the entire amount of HIPs dissolve, but may not work for prints that have supports in difficult to reach places.

Tip 5: This is something that everyone forgets about until they experience it themselves, but it’s important to consider the fact prints are not always watertight, and leaving a non-watertight print submerged can lead to d’limonene being soaked into the infill. This is not a major problem, but it can be annoying to have a print “weep” the chemical for a few days after processing. For such prints, it might be best to dip the print and let it drip-dry a few times until the supports are soft enough to pull off manually.

 

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