Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts
HamzaShogan

Can you print in PVA with an Ultimaker2+?

Recommended Posts

Hi @HamzaShogan,

Welcome to our forums! :)

PVA is water dissolvable material, so it is usually used to support a different type of material (like Nylon or PLA). In theory you could use it as a building material, but the applications are pretty limited I think. Keep in mind that PVA doesn't like retractions that much and works better with thicker layers. With a normal nozzle (due to the internal geometry) there is also a higher chance of a clogged nozzle, due to some PVA residue remaining in the nozzle. That is why we have a separate and dedicated printcore for PVA in the Ultimaker 3.

So tl;dr, it can be used but not without its quirks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have difficulties with PVA when the environment changes. Make sure your area is fairly dehumidified.

The first link was from 2013 and the materials have changed quite a bit since then. This link mentioned as the second one is the type of things I had to learn by reading a lot of posts. It is pretty much my experience with temps and such. But, when I started, it was Cura 2.3 and that had pretty much been incorporated.

For the record, I have no issues with PLA and PVA working together in any brand tried so far.

The only issues, as I stated are with humidity. It can really FUBAR the filament in the nozzle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Our picks

    • Ultimaker Cura | a new interface
      We're not only trying to always make Ultimaker Cura better with the usual new features and improvements we build, but we're also trying to make it more pleasant to operate. The interface was the focus for the upcoming release, from which we would already like to present you the first glance. 
        • Like
      • 19 replies
    • "Back To The Future" using Generative Design & Investment Casting
      Designing for light-weight parts is becoming more important, and I’m a firm believer in the need to produce lighter weight, less over-engineered parts for the future. This is for sustainability reasons because we need to be using less raw materials and, in things like transportation, it impacts the energy usage of the product during it’s service life.
        • Like
      • 12 replies
×

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!