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AquaSys 180, a new water-soluble support material for even higher-temperature thermoplastics

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After two years of development, Infinite Material Solutions is introducing AquaSys 180, a new water-soluble support material for filament extrusion that is compatible with even higher-temperature thermoplastics – such as PEEK, PEKK, PEI, and PPSU – than the previously released AquaSys 120.

Built for exceptional temperature stability, this new product thrives in printing conditions that no existing water-soluble support material can withstand. This makes it uniquely compatible with industry-favored thermoplastics such as Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and Polyetherimide (PEI), and significantly reduces the cost and time of downstream processing.

The step-forward that AquaSys 180 represents will be apparent to any business that uses fused filament fabrication (FFF) to print parts made from these high-temperature thermoplastics. Until now, doing so has required that each part be printed with support structures made from materials that either need to be removed manually, or dissolved with harmful solvents. With AquaSys 180, users can now dissolve support structures with nothing more than warm tap water, leaving behind a finished part with minimal residue—effectively rendering these previous, laborious methods obsolete.

Bringing AquaSys 180 to the market today represents the realization of a unique vision from Infinite Material Solutions and its founder Dr. Jeff Cernohous. “We are extremely excited to launch our AquaSys® 180 product,” said Cernohous. “AquaSys 180 can be printed at chamber temperatures up to 180°C and has been engineered to function with high-temperature engineering thermoplastics like PEEK, PEKK, PEI and PPSU, providing unprecedented design freedom to our customers as a result. I am extremely proud of my team for their efforts to create this disruptive product.”

This is not the first time Infinite Material Solutions has created a disruptive product in the field of 3D printing support materials. The company’s previous endeavor, AquaSys 120, was introduced in 2018 as the first water-soluble support compatible with popular build materials such as ABS. Now, with AquaSys 180, the AquaSys offering is poised to attract a larger audience, especially within industries like aerospace and automotive, in which end-use parts made from PEI or PEEK would be particularly advantageous.

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