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There appear to be several plastic additive 3D printing materials that may be suitable for 150 degrees F potable water use. Information about some of these materials is given below. For one suitable material, HIPS, further research into specific manufacturers of the filament has provided more detailed information about the varieties available and corresponding costs.

Plastic additive 3D printing materials that are suitable for 150 degrees F potable water use were chosen for high thermal resistance properties as well as being biocompatible, with current use for products in contact with food. Some materials that seemed to be suitable were PA 12, PA-GF, ABS-M30i and PLA. Below are a few key features about each material as well as manufacturers and costs if these were available.

1. PA 12

2. PA-GF

3. ABS-M30i

4. PLA

Manufacturers of HIPS

Zortrax, Monoprice, Fillamentum, and MatterHackers were all found to manufacture HIPS plastic additive 3D printing materials. Below are more details about the HIPS product or products, including exact pricing, varieties sold and recommended 3D printers or settings where these were available.

1. Zortrax

  • Zortrax manufacturers Z-HIPS filament.
  • The Z-HIPS filament is sold in 6 different colors: black, gray, natural white, green, red and yellow. It also has a glass transition temperature of 210 degrees F.
  • Applications of the Z-HIPS filament include functional prototyping, low volume end-use parts production, casings, and consumer product prototypes.
  • This filament is compatible with the Zortrax M200, Zortrax M200 Plus, Zortrax M300 and Zortrax M300 Plus printers.
  • Zortrax sells its filament for $49 for the 800g spool, which is designed for the Zortrax M200 and Zortrax M200 Plus printers.

2. Monoprice

3. Fillamentum

  • Fillamentum sells spools of HIPS Extrafill.
  • The filament is sold in five different colors: metallic gray, natural, signal red, sky blue, and traffic black.
  • HIPS Extrafill is described as “the perfect material for prototyping or functional objects”. It is dissolvable in Lemonesol, as well as excellent mechanical properties such as strength and toughness and great dielectric strength and resistivity properties.
  • HIPS Extrafill is certified for food contact. It is also resistant to heat and water, so it can withstand long-term contact with hot water.
  • The filament has a working temperature of 446 to 482 degrees F and uses a heated pad of 194 to 221 degrees F.
  • 750g of HIPS Extrafill costs €23.95 for the natural color and €26 for the colored varieties.

4. MatterHackers

Research Strategy

When searching for 3D printing materials suitable for 150 degrees F potable water use, we looked for materials that were advertised as having high-temperature resistance and heat deflection and glass transition temperatures above 150 F. Additionally, we searched for plastics that were considered biocompatible and food-safe and already had applications within the food or medical industries, as these would be suitable for potable water use.


After identifying manufacturers of suitable materials, we searched on their websites and product information for prices, but often these were only available when asking for a quote. For some plastics, we were able to find material sold elsewhere and used this to form an estimated cost.
For each manufacturer, we identified which products contained HIPS, which allowed us to find which variants were offered, pricing for their products and other information about the 3D printing materials.

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