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Verbatim Launches Water Soluble BVOH Filament for Extrusion 3D Printing

Verbatim, part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group, has launched a high performance water soluble support material, Butenediol Vinyl Alcohol Co-polymer (BVOH), for quick and successful printing of complex objects with overhangs using dual extrusion 3D printers.

Verbatim’s BVOH is an easy to print material with reliable extrusion properties and a quick dissolve time, much faster than current PVA / PVOH materials in the market, allowing designers to realize their 3D models far quicker than before.

BVOH extrudes at up to 30mm/s and adheres well to a variety of materials, especially Verbatim´s  PLA, PET and ABS, allowing users to benefit from the properties that these different materials provide. Conveniently the waste can be disposed with household effluent, at a dilution rate of greater than 20 parts water to one part BVOH, which is very easy to achieve.

“Verbatim BVOH is very reliable and prints like regular 3D printing material, meaning that more complex objects can be designed and printed at high quality,” said Shigeyuki Furomoto, Manager, Global CEO office, Mitsubishi Chemical Media.  “This printing performance, together with its fast dissolving speed will help push desktop material extrusion printer usage much more into both industry and professional maker applications.”

A number of new dual extrusion printers have recently been introduced to the market and with greater use of soluble material support structures such as BVOH, designers can now break free from some of the compromises involved with printing support structures on single extrusion printers.

Verbatim’s 1.75mm diameter BVOH filament is available now (part number 55901), with the 2.85mm diameter version available from September.

About Verbatim

Verbatim is a leading global company in data storage and LED lighting with a broad product portfolio spanning consumer and professional applications. Verbatim has been shaping the development of data storage devices since 1969 and is the world’s No. 1 supplier of optical media (Blu-ray, DVD and CD). The company also markets flash memory, external hard-drive storage solutions, a wide range of computer accessories, plastic filaments for the 3D printing industry and water filters under the Cleansui brand name. Verbatim is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Media owned by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, which invests heavily in R&D across many diverse sectors. The company’s operating principles are founded on helping people to live in a healthy, comfortable and sustainable way. Verbatim’s regional organisations are EMEA, APAC and Americas, with offices in most countries in the world. The company’s European headquarters are based in Germany.

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