For FDM users-Water soluble support material

From: Monica & Glenn Whiteside (
Date: Mon Feb 08 1999 - 00:49:42 EET

Dear rp-ml:

Just read an interesting article in the Advanced Materials & Processes
magazine from ASM (Volume 155, Number 2, February 1999 issue, pp. 12-13) on
the availability of water-soluble supports (WSS) for the FDM process. The
WSS material is supposed to easily dissolve in a room-temperature water
bath, especially handy for models with finely detailed and/or complex
features. The new material is a thermoplastic polymer blend supplied in the
form of a continuous 0.178 cm (0.070 in.) thick filament as a replacement
for the conventional FDM support material. Sounds very interesting (wonder
what the cost is?).

Anybody interested in this new FDM support material should contact the
following person:

Dragan Popovich
Advanced Ceramic Research, Inc.
3292 East Hemisphere Loop
Tucson, AZ 85706-5013
Tel: (520) 573-6300
Fax: (520) 573-2057
or e-mail:

Now if they could only come up with something like this for

Best Regards,

Glenn Whiteside

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