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Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) blend printing filament

2.85 mm

Synonym: AtlasSupport, PVA blend filament



Related Categories 3D Printing Filaments, 3D Printing Materials for Research and Development, Materials Science, PVA Filaments
description   Filament diameter: 2.85 ± 0.10 mm
  Filament roundness: ≥95%
  Melt flow rate: 2.3 g/10 min
  Melt temperature: ±163 °C
  Print temperature: ±180-205 °C
  Specific gravity: 1.22 g/cc
  Spool Hub Diameter: 52 mm
  Spool Size (D x H): 200 mm x 55 mm
  Vicat softening temperature: ± 60.2 °C
form   solid (filament)
color   natural, Pale orange



AtlasSupportis a trademark of Formfutura VOF

Due to its water-solubility and biocompatibility, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) filaments are most commonly used as a sacrificial material in the formation of tissue engineering constructs with unique and complicated architectures. The use of this material allows for the printing of scaffolds with large overhangs, deep internal cavities, and/or intricate geometries. In addition to their use as sacrificial materials, PVA filaments have also been used to print novel oral drug delivery devices and tablets.

General description

Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) blend printing filament is a water-soluble support material for multi-extrusion 3D printing of complex architectures. This material is a blend of different grades of PVA to improve the thermal stability and printability of polyvinyl alcohol. In addition to these improvements, this blend is also less sensitive to degradation by humidity while retaining its water solubility. This pale orange, odorless, and high-quality filament extrudes between 180 to 205 °C and is suitable with all RepRap technology-based desktop 3D printers, such as MakerBot, Ultimaker, RepRap (Mendel, Huxley, Prusa), UP!, Solidoodle, Leapfrog, etc. This PVA blend filament features good adhesion to a wide variety of materials, such as PLA, ABS, PETG, ASA, HIPS, and nylon, and is biodegradable in water with no hazardous by-products. While PVA is soluble in cold water, the dissolution process can be accelerated by using a continuously heated bath of warm water. When not in use, the filament should be stored at room temperature in dry conditions, such as in a sealed plastic bag or in a closed container with desiccant. Recommended initial printer settings can be found in the ′General Print Settings′ file.

Legal Information

AtlasSupport is a trademark of Formfutura VOF

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport


Certificate of Analysis

Protocols & Articles


3D Printing of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Composites

3D printing is a type of additive manufacturing that can be used to rapidly fabricate components with highly customizable geometries, most typically using a layer-by-layer fabrication process. 3D pri...
Zhenyu Bo* (Ph.D Candidate at Northwestern University) and Jia Choi*, PhD, Product Manager

*Materials Science Product Management Team, MilliporeSigma, Milwaukee, WI.
Keywords: Deposition, Nanomaterials, Nanotubes

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