July 27, 2022
PRESCOTT, Wis.— Infinite Materials Solutions, LLC (Infinite™) has developed a new water-soluble support material for additive manufacturing that can be used as a direct replacement for polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), the company said in a release.
The material, AquaSys® General Purpose (GP), is compatible with most polyesters and is reported to provide excellent performance and print fidelity with standard polylactic acid (PLA)-type build materials. Its creators describe AquaSys GP as a reliable, high-performance material that “saves time and money and is accessible to a wide range of users,” according to the release.
AquaSys GP is specifically designed for use in fused filament fabrication (FFF) and direct pellet extrusion systems. It is said to dissolve 20 percent faster than PVA in room-temperature tap water. The material can be easily removed without any harsh chemicals and can be printed with a wide variety of machines, including lower-cost dual extruder printers, Infinite said in the release.
AquaSys GP’s dissolvable, hands-off support removal allows for complex design features, enabling new possibilities that are said to range from flightworthy aircraft parts to highly specific surgical molds. The material’s moisture mitigation properties enable it to print under challenging humidity conditions. AquaSys GP is compatible with PET, PETG, PLA, and other common materials, the company said.
Infinite expects AquaSys GP to appeal to a wide range of consumers, from hobbyists to seasoned professionals.
“We’ve been listening to our customers for years and have heard their frustrations with the drawbacks of PVA materials,” said Jeff Feddersen, senior sales manager at Infinite, in the release. “We’re happy to finally bring them AquaSys GP. PLA comprises 70 percent of all build materials used in the fused deposition modeling (FDM) market—we really think this is going to change everything and become the standard by which all other support materials are judged.”
The material was first shown at this spring’s RAPID + TCT additive manufacturing conference. Jason Tzintzun, marketing and operations manager for Source Graphics, was in attendance to beta test the support material.
“We love AquaSys GP,” Tzintzun said in the release. “As a 3D solutions provider, it’s great to have AquaSys GP to recommend to our customers. We have a lot of customers using PLA and Tough PLA, and this is the perfect support material.”
Infinite Material Solutions was founded as a joint venture between Nagase America, a multinational manufacturer-distributor of raw materials and specialty chemicals, and Interfacial Solutions, a Wisconsin-based firm focused on creating highly differentiated technology platforms.