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D-Limonene is used for dissolving the HIPS filaments (polystyrene). 

D-limonene is a naturally biodegradable solvent extracted oil of citrus peels. D-Limonene is used for dissolving the HIPS filaments (polystyrene). It is a colorless liquid at room temperature. HIPS is a filament used among other applications as a support material because of its special feature of solution in D-Limonene. HIPS filament dissolves within 12 to 24 hours when immersed in D-Limonene (without requiring any mechanical action).

Great results from the combination of ABS with HIPS (as carrier material) are obtained. HIPS is completely dissolved in D-limonene and yet D-Limonene not interact with the ABS. You must have a printer with double extruder. Because of this great utility of D-Limonene the use of it is consistently growing in the world of 3D printing, as it opens a wide range of opportunities.

Precautions: D-Limonene should be used with caution. Avoid contact with eyes and skin (We recommend the use of latex gloves and a long-term daily use is irritating). Ingestion can be very serious because it can cause lung damage (We recommend using paper mask). It is also harmful to the environment, therefore it is essential to follow the instructions to throw (You have to take a clean point indicating that it is a solvent. In no case should be thrown in the water or sewers.). For more details, please consult the product safety data sheet It should be kept in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place, out of direct sunlight and in original container tightly closed to prevent rusting. It is flammable at a temperature above 48 °C but not toxic.

Directions for use: First take should take precautions previously described. It is advisable to work in a place with good ventilation. Then in a glass jar we pour D-Limonene to cover the part and leave covered container. HIPS is dissolved in 12-24 hours depending on the amount of support used. It is advisable to remove the piece from time to time. Once we see that the part is clean support the retired and clarify with abundant water. We can reuse the limonene if we see that is not too dirty particles HIPS.

  • Chemical name: 1-Methyl-4- (1-methylethenyl) -cyclohexene

  • Molecular formula: C10H16 Density: 0.8411 kg / m3; 0,0008411g / cm3

  • Melting point: -74.35 ° C (199 K)

  • Boiling point: 176 ° C (449 K)

  • Weight / Volume: 0,84Kg / 1L


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