A new water-soluble filament is coming to the market. Spanish company Plasticos Hidrosolubles launched a water-soluble 3D filament at Additive Manufacturing Americas delebrated last week in Pasadena, California.
This new filament, in addition to its excellent adhesion capacity with the PLA material, is very easy to remove, simply by pouring tap water. Furthermore, like all products in the GreenCycles range, it is totally biodegradable, non-toxic and compostable (it becomes a natural fertilizer when the appropriate conditions are met for its composting), generating zero waste in the environment.
The acceptance of this formula, available in diameters 1.75mm and 2.85mm, has been very positive worldwide. That is why the company is already working on a new formula compatible with ABS that is scheduled to be launched at the beginning of next year.
We could see at the trade show other new innovations from leading 3D printing brands as Stratasys, Raise3D or Lulzbot. There are also new low cost printers that are reaching quite nice levels of funcionality, incluing full color or higher precision at details, what announces a fast growing at every level in USA. In other countries, as Spain, 3D printing is moving slower, and mainly at business level, so it will take some time longer to rocket into the mass market.