Imagine using only one support material for every type of filament you print with. Then imagine that material also being soluble in water, allowing it to be washed away easier and safer, without hazardous caustic baths.
You don't have to imagine any longer. EVOLV3D™ USM from Dow is here. No more having to stock multiple support materials or guessing about which material is right for your project.
Universal – Works with a broad array of popular build materials
Cost-efficient – No need to stock multiple support materials
Easy to remove – Dissolves in tap water at room temperature
Safe to handle – No harsh chemicals needed for cleanup
Sustainable – Can be washed down the drain
EVOLV3D USM represents a leap forward in technology, providing the ability to use a single support for a broad range of popular build material filaments. This highly effective, water-soluble support material maintains its structural integrity during the printing process, enabling production of parts with large overhangs, intricate inner geometries and deep cavities.
Print Head Temperature: 200°C to 250 °C
Bed Temperature: 20 °C to 70 °C
Storage and Handling
EVOLV3D™ Universal Support Material (USM) has a high affinity to water, allowing it to easily dissolve in tap water after printing. However, this also means the filament is susceptible to moisture when stored. Below are some best practices to help maintain the product’s performance over its lifetime.
Store EVOLV3D USM Filament in Moisture-Free Containers.
In high-humidity environments, EVOLV3D USM may pick up moisture from the air, which can cause issues during the printing process. The filament comes with moisture-barrier packaging to prevent this during transportation. Once the package is opened, store EVOLV3D USM spools in air-tight containers with multiple desiccant packets to maintain a low-humidity environment.
Drying EVOLV3D USM Filament Before Printing
When EVOLV3D USM has been exposed to high humidity, drying it before printing is recommended. The filament can be dried at room temperature in approximately six (6) hours.
This is done by placing it in an airtight container along with multiple desiccant packets. For faster drying, place the EVOLV3D USM in an airtight container with multiple desiccant packets and place the container in an oven. Heat the filament to 50°C. This reduces drying time to approximately two (2) hours.
Continuous Feed-Dry Devices
For best results, a continuous feed-dry device is recommended when using EVOLV3D USM to help keep the filament dry during the printing process.