GreenCycles PVA is a water-soluble and biodegradable material that is designed to be used as support material, but due to its versatile features and mechanical properties can also be used as a material for final 3D printed parts.
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Green Cycles PVA is completely biodegradable, non-toxic, harmless, and compostable. In favorable environmental conditions, the dissolved filament will break down into its component parts and fully integrate into the environment and leaving behind no footprint. This ability to completely break down makes Green Cycles PVA the ideal solution for those looking to print with more environmentally friendly material.
PVA filament is easy to print with due to it's low melting temperature of 185°C, which also make it a perfect match with PLA, which has very similar printer settings. The only special characteristic to keep in mind is that PVA is very hygroscopic, meaning it very easily absorbs water from the atmosphere. Best practices for managing this include storing the filament in a sealed container or drying it in an oven before printing.
Check out the video above or read our article on How to Succeed When 3D Printing with PVA Filament
A Lacrosse Stick Head printed using PVA support material
At MatterHackers we pride ourselves on offering friendly service, advice and support. Our prices are always the lowest in the industry when you factor in our free shipping for every item on the MatterHackers site (including 3D printers). Most of all, our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have been 3D printing for several years now and are happy to answer your 3D printing questions. Have a question about the amazing capabilities of your new GreenCycles PVA Filament? No problem. Feel free to give us a call.
In short, buying a 3D printer from MatterHackers is a holistic experience. We are here to partner with you through every step of your 3D printing journey. Additionally, we have all of the PLA, ABS, and Specialty Filament that you could ever need to design anything you can imagine.