High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) filament is an economical material used on its own or as a support material with Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) prints. Keene Village Plastics produces HIPS (High-Impact Polystyrene) material for 3D printing of exceptional quality. Our HIPS filaments for 3D printing are for sale in different colors, dimensions, and spool sizes. We can provide purchasing options that will suit your needs, whether as a retail user or a wholesaler.
Features & Benefits
- Heat resistance
- Can be used as support with ABS
- Can be sanded with additional process
- Can be painted
3 mm (Filament diameter measures 2.88 mm)
Individual Packaging Stock
1 kg reels
5 lb reels
0.5 kg reels
10 lb reels (lead time maybe longer)
15 lb reels (lead time maybe longer)
30 lb reels (lead time maybe longer)
Coils in various weights
Full Box Packaging
0.5 kg reels packaged 14 to a box
1 kg reels packaged 12 to a box
5 lb reels packaged 6 to a box
Each box contains the same material, size and color.
All filaments are vacuumed sealed with desiccant.
+ 0.003” / -0.003”
Recommended Printer Specifications
Optimal Print Temp: 230ºC – 250ºC
Optimal Bed Temp: 110ºC (PEI film recommended)
All Keene Village Plastics 3D printer filaments are manufactured in Barberton, Ohio, USA with top quality raw materials and 3-Axis laser-controlled precision providing the highest class of products for the 3D printing industry. More Information
WARNING: This product can expose you to Styrene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
What is a HIPS 3D Filament?
HIPS filaments (Bextrene, commercially), are strong, durable, recyclable, and non-toxic. Its chemical composition is made of pure polystyrene (hardness) and polybutadiene rubber (elasticity). The result is a strong thermoplastic with minimal brittleness.
A HIPS 3D printer filament shares a lot of characteristics and printing properties with ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) filaments, making it the logical support material for ABS prints. It props up overhangs or bridges (areas of the print without support) to avoid deformation and warping, and prevent losing the structural integrity of the object. Dipping the object in a limonene bath will dissolve the HIPS support, and will leave you with only the main structure.
Where can you use HIPS 3D Filaments?
As a primary material, people use HIPS plastic in 3D-printing costumes, models, figurines, and prototypes. It is stronger than ABS or PLA (Polylactic Acid) filaments. As such, it is suitable as a standalone print material in its own right.
In large-scale productions, the material is often used to make food packaging, medical trays, toys, and signs.
Using it as a Printing Material
One of HIPS filaments’ strongest properties is its printability. The possibilities are endless, especially if you have a dual-extrusion printer, but it is important to set up the machine properly.
You need to reach a temperature range between 230°C to 250°C to print using HIPS filaments. Heating the bedplate is necessary; 90°C to 110°C should suffice in rendering complicated objects, such as engineering models and moving parts.
- Wipe off any moisture from the filament before attaching the spool for printing. HIPS with moisture will usually make a popping sound when being rendered, leading to a print problem.
- For individual printers, rest assured that the material is safe to use for humans and pets.
Buy HIPS filaments for 3D printing at KVP. We have an extensive selection of colors, dimensions, and spool sizes. Call us today, or send an email our way.