The American company 3D Printlife identifies itself as one of the most ecological producers of materials for additive manufacturing. Their mission is to reduce the negative impact that 3D printing technology has on the environment, while providing customers with the highest quality products. Their assumptions are covered by deeds. Each sold spool involves making a donation to US charity foundations that plant trees (including Plant and Billion Trees)
The company’s ecological policy is also visible in the offer of their products. A few years ago, 3D Printlife, in accordance with its philosophy, developed a biodegradable ABS filament. In the material, the chains forming the ABS copolymer are associated with a special bio-additive, thanks to which Enviro ABS decomposes under composting conditions.
Now the manufacturer’s offer has appeared 3D-SOLVE – a water-soluble support material, made of 100% biodegradable materials. The use of support material in a multi-head 3D printer gives the opportunity to 3D printing complex geometries, without fear that it will be damaged by mechanical removal of supports. As the manufacturer assures, prints can be easily cleaned of support material in just 20 minutes, and the solution resulting from dissolution of supports can be poured into the sewage system.
The material’s packaging was also prepared according to ecological standards. The spools are made of cardboard, 100% recycled cardboard, and their shape is universal enough to fit most 3D printers used around the world.
The price of a 500g spool of material is $79.99. The filament is available in two standard diameters 1.75 and 2.85 mm. It is worth noting that the material is not compatible with PLA, it adheres to materials with a higher 3D printing temperature (205-235°C).