Access helpful guidance for buying, using, and making the most of AquaSys®.
AquaSys is easy to use and easy to work into your 3D printing process. But that doesn’t mean you’ll never hit a snag. Make the most of your filament with help from our FAQs. Covering everything from usage tips to troubleshooting—and plenty of other things that are good to know.
Pathway temperature: Keep the filament below 80°C prior to extrusion. Material that sits idle at temperatures of 80°C or above for extended periods of time prior to extrusion will not extrude properly.
Nozzle temperature: 230-245°C
Build plate requirements: AquaSys filaments will adhere to a wide range of build plate materials. If poor adhesion is persistent, increase the temperature of the build plate, but not past the maximum build plate temperature of 120°C.
Adhesives: Glue is not necessary if you use a raft made out of AquaSys 120. Follow your printer model’s material guidelines when printing a raft with another material.
As a water-soluble material, AquaSys tends to absorb moisture. Always store your filament in the resealable bag it arrives in, and double-check that you’ve completely sealed the bags after each use.
The metal bag should contain a desiccant. Don’t throw it out, and consider adding another desiccant if available for additional moisture protection.
Never expose the desiccant to moisture. Otherwise you’ll need to replace it.
If AquaSys absorbs moisture while in storage, you’ll notice the color of the printed filament will be cloudy, instead of translucent gold. If that happens, dry at 70°C for 3-4 hours.
Never store AquaSys on the back or side of the printer.
What is the shelf life of AquaSys?
AquaSys has a manufacturer’s warranty of one (1) year when properly stored. To extend your filament’s shelf life well beyond the one-year warranty period, use these storage techniques:
Always store AquaSys in the resealable metalized bag it arrives in.
Don’t throw away the desiccant provided in the resealable bag.
If the desiccant is exposed to moisture, replace it.
Place additional desiccants in the resealable bag if possible.
There is charring on the printed material.
Charring typically occurs at 245°C—so check your extrusion temperature. It’s possible to successfully print at higher nozzle temperatures, but it depends on how long the material is exposed to the higher temperature. Other things to consider:
Make sure you’re using the correct filament size (1.75mm or 2.85mm).
Utilize the AquaSys print profiles available on the Ultimaker Marketplace.
You can’t print reliably with AquaSys filament if you print on a closed system and with no print profile for it.
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