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Printing with Peel-Away PolySupport™ Material

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PolySupport™ has become a popular peel-away support material for 3D-printed parts thanks to its combination of . It is typically used in combination with PLA, and can also be used with some copolyesters and nylons on an experimental basis. In this article, you’ll learn about the features, benefits, and best practices of printing with Polysupport and PLA using the MakerGear M3 Independent Dual (M3-ID).

According to the manufacturer, PolySupport “can be used either as a dedicated support material (dual-extrusion), or as both the modelling and support material (single-extrusion). In both cases the support structure can be easily removed”(www.polymaker.com/shop/polysupport/).

 

Basics:

PLA Temp: 200 - 215 °C

Polysupport Temps: 210 - 225  °C

HBP Temp: 60-70 °C

Cooling fan: 100%

 

Polysupport-specific settings:

  • Dense support layers to ensure high-resolution overhang features.
  • Gluestick OR PLA raft on glass build surface recommended for maximum reliability.
  • Retract in ending script to prevent clogs.
  • Prime pillar required, ooze shield recommended for maximum reliability.

 

Troubleshooting:

*Proper T0-T1 Nozzle calibration along all three axes is critical

* Because PolySupport has a tendency to expand and contract rapidly when printed directly onto the glass build plate, PolySupport requires some additional adhesion measures — in such cases, be sure to either a) coat the glass build plate with glue, or b) enable the raft setting (under the “additions” tab in Simplify3d) for the PLA extruder so that the PolySupport interfaces with the PLA raft rather than the glass build surface.


*To reduce the risk of clogs, be sure to always retract Polysupport filament from the extruder immediately after a print has finished and do not extrude Polysupport above the recommended temperature range. If you experience a clogged extruder, you can resolve this issue by following the cold-pull method.

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