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Easy-to-print filament, balanced mechanical properties, and smooth and glossy finish.

PolySmooth (PVB) is a filament created by Polymaker to obtain a glossy and smooth finish when exposed to isopropyl alcohol or ethanol, but maintaining balanced mechanical properties and being easy to print.

The focus of the development of this filament has been to find the ideal chemical composition to obtain a post-processing without the typical lines between layers and with a spectacular brightness. This is achieved thanks to Polysher, a machine that creates a homogeneous cloud (drops of 5 to 10 microns) of isopropyl alcohol around the piece printed with PolySmooth.

PolySher and PolySmooth Color Palette

Image 1: PolySher. Source: Polymaker


It eliminates all external marks and offers as a final result a smooth and uniform gloss, as if it were a painted or varnished piece but without the great economic expense or time involved in this treatment, especially in small pieces.

Before and after the PolySher

Image 2: Before and after the PolySher. Source: Polymaker


Another advantage is that PolySmooth (PVB) is suitable for all types of 3D printers (FFF/FDM) on the market since it doesn't need a high temperature in the extruder (220ºC) or hot base, which are the same needs as to use any PLA of the market. Besides, this filament has an almost negligible odor and is very stable even if there're drafts, which favors it to be used in any field, in an office, in a home or in an industry.

Models made with PolySmooth and PolySher

Image 3: PolySmooth Examples. Source: Polymaker


PolyMaker has taken advantage of the knowledge gained with the PolySupport to take this filament to another level, simplifying the removal of the surface supports and facilitating smooth finishing without debris on the visible faces of the part.

Easily removable supports

Gif 1: PolySupport Technology Fuente: Polymaker


Following the line of a quality filament, the PolySmooth has balanced mechanical properties similar to PLA or ABS Premium, quality filaments designed for everyday use of 3D printing of parts of all types and for almost all needs. Something that is also essential in a high quality filament is that it doesn't present deformations in the printing of large pieces, something that the PolySmooth doesn't show thanks to the low internal residual effort that has and the high power of bond between layers.

With all of the above and highlighting the impeccable, smooth and glossy surface finish presented in combination with the Polysher, the PolySmooth filament offers all the qualities desired in certain areas, such as the design and modeling of pieces for decoration or showcases, where it is necessary the best possible finish of all the pieces.

Transparent finish

Gif 2: Transparent glass. Source: Polymaker


Thanks to this powerful combination, printed parts with this filament in FDM/FFF technology 3D printers can compete directly with the pieces obtained in technologies such as SLA, where the main advantage is the great smooth finish of the pieces.

PolySher Smooth Finish

Gif 3: Smooth surface finish. Source: Polymaker


If you are looking for a filament to print on your FDM/FFF technology 3D printer and get the best possible finish, Polysmooth (combined with PolySher) is the filament indicated.

Smooth and glossy finish

Image 4: Perfect finish. Source: Polymaker

Elongation at break (%) 3.4
Tensile strength (MPa) 44
Tensile modulus (MPa) 2092
Flexural strength (MPa) 76
Flexural modulus (MPa) 2062
Softening temperature (ºC) 70
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As can be seen in the following table, the PolySmooth is more complete overall compared to ABS and PLA. This filament has printing parameters very similar to PLA, with a temperature in the extruder of 210-230°C and a recommended bed temperature of 70°C (although not necessary), but with the added quality of being able to perform on it a treatment of smooth, glossy and simple finish thanks to PolySher.

Comparison Chart PLA, ABS and PolySmooth

Image 1: Comparison chart of PLA, ABS and PolySmooth. Source: Polymaker
General information
Manufacturer Polymaker (Europe)
Material PolySmooth
Format Spool of 750g
Density 1.10 g/cm3
Diameter of filament 1.75 or 2.85 mm
Diameter tolerance ±0,05 mm
Filament length ±283 m (Ø 1.75 mm)
±107 m (Ø 2.85 mm)
Color Natural (clear) / transparent
White / White
Black / Black
Red / Coral red
Grey / Slate Grey
Green / Green
Yellow / Yellow
Orange / Orange
Teal / Polymaker Teal
Beige / Beige
Pink / Pink
Blue / Electric Blue
RAL/Pantone  -
Print settings
Printing temperature 190-220ºC
Print bed temperature 25-70ºC
Chamber temperature Not necessary
Cooling fan Recommended
Recommended printing speed 40-60 mm/s
Raft separation 0.10 - 0.14 mm
Retraction 1 - 3 mm
Retraction speed 30-40 mm/s
Maximum cantilever manufacturing angle 60º
Recommended support material PolyDissolve™ S1 or Mowiflex
Mechanical properties (Color/Natural)
Izod impact strength -
Charpy impact strength (ASTM D256) 9.2 kJ/m2/ 5.2 kJ/m
Elongation at break (ASTM D638) 4.5%/3.4%
Tensile strength (ASTM D638) 39.8 / 44.1 MPa 
Tensile Modulus (ASTM D638) 2047 / 2092 MPa
Flexural strength (ASTMD790) 64.9 / 76.2 MPa
Flexural modulus (ASTMD790) 2047 / 2092 MPa
Surface hardness -
Thermal properties (Color/Natural)
Softening temperature (ASTM D1525) 70ºC / 67ºC
Melting temperature 210ºC
Specific properties (Color/Natural)
Transparency  Opaque / Translucent
Additional Information
HS Code 3916.9
Diameter coil (outer) 200 mm
Diameter coil (inner hole) 53 mm
Coil Width 46 mm

* The typical values detailed in this table should be considered as a reference. Actual values may vary depending on the 3D printer model used, part design and printing conditions. We recommend confirming the results and final properties with own tests. For more information you should consult the technical data sheet of the product.


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