I have a question. I have a dual extruder printer and I want to try using HIPS for printing. Can I use PLA as my main material and HIPS for supports?

Searching online I found combinations of ABS + HIPS mentioned. No where is it mentioned that It can be used.


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You can as PLA is not affected by Limonene (the chemical used to dissolve the HIPS) but it is not recommended as the print temperatures for each material (~180C for PLA and ~230C for HIPS) are quite far apart and the PLA may not stick to the HIPS.

A better choice would be PVA which prints ~185C and dissolves in water but this material has its own set of fun issues.

*Temperatures are estimates, different vendors may have different temperatures.

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