FAQs

  • Because of its nature as a water soluble material, AquaSys™ 120 does have the tendency to absorb moisture. So you should always store the material in the resealable metallic foil bags. Double-check to ensure the bags are sealed after each use.
  • If the material does absorb moisture while in storage you will notice the color of the printed filament will be cloudy instead of translucent gold. If this happens you will want to dry the material per the guidelines below.
  • Do not store the material on the back or side of the printer.
  • If material comes into contact with moisture, dry at 70° C for 3-4 hours.
  • Pathway temp— 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 temp—230-245° C
  • Build plate requirements—the material will adhere to a wide range of build plate materials. If poor adhesion is persistent, increase the temperature of the build plate. The maximum build plate temperature is 120° C.
  • Glue is not necessary if you use a raft made out of AquaSys 120. Follow your printer model’s material guidelines if printing a raft with another material.
  • Be sure you are using the correct filament size. Aquasys 120 is available in 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm sizes.
  • Print profiles are available on the Ultimaker Marketplace
  • If you print on a closed system and no print profile for AquaSys 120 is available, you cannot print reliably with AquaSys 120.
  • Bed temp— 80° C – 120° C
  • Chamber temp— room temp – 120° C
  • The material will adhere to a wide range of build plate materials. If poor adhesion is persistent, increase the temperature of the build plate. The maximum build plate temperature is 120° C.
  • AquaSys 120 is compatible with a wide range of build materials such as ABS, PC/ABS, PC, ASA, nylon, CPE, CPE+, PET/G, TPU, composite materials, PP.
  • As with all new materials there may be a need to optimize print parameters if the initial prints are not successful. AquaSys 120 has been tested on various 3D printer models and with the materials listed above.
  • All 3D printers and material grades behave differently and may require optimization of process parameters within the guidelines listed above. AquaSys 120 best performs at the upper limits of the temperature range.
  • When material begins printing it should appear as a golden extrusion with no bubbles or burnt spots, good layer adhesion to itself, to the build material and the build material to AquaSys 120 and no warping. If there are bubbles or charring, see troubleshooting tips.
  • Monitor the print process periodically to make sure there are no visible issues.
  • Make sure your print nozzle is off if it does not turn off automatically.
  • Ensure that the AquaSys material is not left in a sustained high temperature.
  • Fix your set back temperature to 180° C. This is the temperature the nozzle should be set to when not printing a layer. This increases the residence time before degradation occurs in the nozzle due to the lower temperature.
  • Consider your environment to determine if humidity is a factor. To prevent exposure to moisture, we recommend using a PrintDry or Ultimaker drying system.
  • Because AquaSys 120 typically releases well at room temperature, we recommend allowing the build plate to fully cool down.
  • Assess your part and performance, ensuring it meets expectations. Depending on your print complexity you should inspect for:
    • Quality of support and build
    • Quality of surface finish
    • No warping
    • Material to material adhesion
    • Support material color and consistency
  • Use a wash tank or bucket with warm water. For best results, do not use room-temperature water. 35° C (95° F) is the minimum water temperature where full dissolution starts to take place.
  • Increased temperature and water agitation leads to faster dissolution.
  • Always store the material in the resealable metalized bag that is provided upon shipment.
  • The metal bag should contain a desiccant. Consider replacing/adding a desiccant if available. Do not expose the desiccant to moisture. If this happens, replace the desiccant.
  • The material has a manufacturer’s warranty of 1 year if properly stored. If properly stored, the material should be acceptable well beyond the warranty.

Troubleshooting

  • The material has up taken moisture. Follow the drying procedure described in the How do I properly store and handle this material?” section.
  • Be sure you are using the correct filament size. Aquasys 120 is available in 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm sizes.
  • Print profiles are available on the Ultimaker Marketplace.
  • If you print on a closed system and no print profile for AquaSys 120 is available, you cannot print reliably with AquaSys 120
  • Check the extrusion temperatures. Typically at temperatures above 245° C charring may be noticed. It is possible to successfully print at higher nozzle temperatures, however, this is a balance with how long the material is exposed to the higher temperature
  • The AquaSys 120 material could be dragged or caught in the system. Check the feed path to make sure drag on the material is minimized.
  • Make sure your tip is clean. Nozzle could be dirty or clogged
  • Make sure nozzle is at the proper temperature. Extrusion temperature that is too low could lead to under extrusion.
  • Avoid Bowden tube paths in heated chambers above 80° C. Bowden tube paths may cause material to soften and not be able to extrude well above 80° C. The material can still work in a heated build chamber up to 120° C because the material is semi-crystalline. Once it is extruded at the melting point it will crystalize and become rigid. However, prior to that it will become soft if not fully crystallized.
  • Foaming is causing material drag. Dry the material because it could have absorbed moisture.
  • Clean your nozzle, this could be printer hygiene. We recommend using a brass brush.
  • Inspect the extrusion temperatures; usually at temperatures exceeding 245° C, charring may be observed.
  • Your first few layers are very important so check early and often to ensure the material sticking to the build plate and materials are sticking to each other.
    • Reduce printer speeds
    • Increase temperatures
    • Check printer software for specific recommendations
  • The material will adhere to a wide range of build plate materials. If poor adhesion is persistent, increase the temperature of the build plate. The maximum build plate temperature is 120° C.
  • Make sure that the extrudate is clear and not opaque. Wet or opaque when printed filament may lose adhesion properties.
  • Make sure to be in the appropriate temperature range for settings:
    • Nozzle temp— 230° C – 245° C
    • Bed temp— 80° C – 120° C
    • Chamber temp— room temp to 120° C
  • Printed part
    • Increase fan speed
    • Decrease nozzle temperature
    • Retract filament when not printing to reduce “tails” or “wisps” (Please note that retraction settings are machine specific)
  • Filament
    • Do not preheat the material above 80° C for an extended period of time prior to extrusion
    • Avoid Bowden extruders in a heated build chamber or a filament path through a heated build chamber
  • Machine modifications— many modifications can be made to shorten the filament pathway or to keep the filament cooled prior to extrusion.
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