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Posted · Can you print in PVA with an Ultimaker2+?

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.

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    Posted · Can you print in PVA with an Ultimaker2+?

    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.

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