In the commercial world, high impact polystyrene (HIPS) โ€“ a copolymer that combines the hardness of polystyrene and the elasticity of rubber โ€“ is commonly found in protective packaging and containers, like CD cases. In the world of 3D printing, HIPS typically plays a different role. 3D printers canโ€™t print onto thin air. Overhangs require some underlying structure, and this is where HIPS really shines. When paired with ABS in a dual extrusion printer, HIPS is an excellent support material. Sharing many characteristics with ABS, HIPS 3D printing filament is a good all rounder for parts that need to stand up to wear and tear or for projects that require a finishing-friendly material to achieve the end look.
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