Compatible Dual Material Combinations for 3D Printing
The following Is a list of compatible HD2x material combinations and the uses that would be associated with the combination. Incompatible material combinations are also detailed with the reasons behind the incompatibility. Also, we have listed experimental material combinations that have been printed with limited success. The material settings for these experimental combinations are still in the development stages.
- ABS + HIPS: ABS is our go-to recommend material at Airwolf 3D with good strength and temperature properties, ABS is what is used to make many components on the HD2x 3D Printer, HIPS is used as a soluble support material with ABS, It can be dissolved using a chemical called Limonene; Utilizing HIPS as a soluble support material allows the creation of more intricate parts with less effort necessary for support removal and cleanup; ABS + HIPS Settings
- ABS + ABS: ABS is our go-to recommend material at Airwolf 3D with good strength and temperature properties, ABS is what is used to make many components on the HD2x 3D Printer; ABS + ABS is used when more than one color in the same print is desired; ABS + ABS Settings
- PLA + PLA: PLA is a great material for large prints as it does not have a very high shrink rate, PLA can produce parts with very smooth surface finishes, PLA + PLA is used when more than one color in the same print is desired; PLA + PLA Settings
- ABS + PVA: PVA is a water soluble material with a very low printing temperature, the low print temperature makes this material incompatible with ABS (and many other materials) because the ABS material would melt through the PVA when printed.
- PolyCarb + ALL: The extrusion temperature of PolyCarb is much higher than all other materials the HD2x can print with, this temperature variation prevents PolyCarb from being able to print with other materials.
- Nylon + ALL: The self lubricating and chemical resistance properties make nylon a very difficult material to print as a dual material combination, currently, we do not have settings nor have we had any success with any variation of nylon (bridge, 618, 645) combined with another material in a dual material print.
- PLA + PVA: Using PVA as a support material is a possibility in the future, the current difficulties involve cleanly printing PVA, The water-solubility of PVA is a good quality for any potential support material.
- ABS + PET: ABS printed alongside PET would allow the use of Acetone as a support solvent, In this use, ABS would be the support and PET would be the model material.
- PC-ABS + HIPS: Similar to ABS + HIBS but the end result material has a higher temperature tolerance, currently the temperatures are slightly too high for HIPS and it can cause issues during printing due to nozzle jamming, printing a wipe tower is a possible remedy to this issue.