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.
- Make sure your print nozzle is off (if it doesn’t turn off automatically.)
- Remove the AquaSys material from any sustained high temperature.
- Fix your set back temperature to 180°C, the correct nozzle temperature when not printing a layer. This increases the residence time before degradation occurs in the nozzle.
- If you print in a humid environment, use a drying system to prevent moisture-related issues. (We recommend PrintDry or Ultimaker drying systems.)
- Place your printed object in a wash tank or bucket with warm water (minimum temperature of 35°C).
- Use elevated temperatures (70-80°C) or agitation (stir, shake, etc.) to make AquaSys 120 dissolve faster.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The AquaSys material could be dragged or caught in the system. Check the feed path to make sure any drag is minimized.
- Your nozzle could be dirty or clogged. Inspect it and clean it if necessary.
- Check your extrusion temperature. It could be too low, leading to under-extrusion.
- If your extruder has a Bowden tube, the tube path may be causing the material to soften. In general, avoid using bowden tubes when printing material above 80°C.
- Your filament could have absorbed moisture, leading to foaming—which causes material drag. Dry it at 70°C for 3-4 hours.
- Your nozzle could be dirty. We recommend cleaning it with a brass brush.
- Charring typically occurs at 245°C—so check your extrusion temperature.
- Quick fixes: Reduce your printer speed, increase temperatures, or check your printer software for specific recommendations.
- AquaSys 120 should adhere to a wide range of build plate materials. If poor adhesion is persistent, increase the temperature of the build plate, but never exceed 120°C.
- Make sure that the extrudate is clear and not opaque. Wet or opaque filament may lose adhesion properties.
- Make sure your print parameters fit within the following:
- Nozzle temperature: 230-245°C
- Bed temperature: 80°C-120°C
- Chamber temperature: 20-120°C
- Increase your fan speed.
- Decrease the nozzle temperature.
- Retract the filament when not printing to reduce “tails” or “wisps”, using the retraction settings specific to your machine.
TIPS AND TRICKS
- No bubbles or burnt spots
- Good layer adhesion to itself and the build material
- No warping
- Quality of surface finish
- No warping
- Material-to-material adhesion
- Support material color and consistency
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