Material-Details: HIPS Datasheet

High Impact Polystyrene (english, abbreviated HIPS HIPS) is a modified high impact polystyrene by rubber. The thermoplastic plastic is particularly used for cases of, for example, computers, TV sets or telephones. Inside of refrigerators, the first, very cold-resistant layer is often made of HIPS. The plastic is used in plastic toys.

Another application of HIPS is used in 3D printers as washable substrate.
A special feature, in addition to the extreme cold resistance, is the property of the antibacterial effect on the surface.
HIPS prints especially even and in detail and is in feel and look of all FDM materials closest to injection-molded parts.
For very large and flat parts can lead to warping.

Advantages & disadvantages


  • Extremely abrasion and impact resistant
  • Antibacterial
  • Very good mechanically claimable
  • Very good mechanically workable
  • Very solid but not brittle


  • Low resolution by FDM pressure
  • Soluble in Limoneum as well as gasoline
  • Low risk of "warping" (default)
  • Must be manually supported (tracks on the finished product)
  • Not UV Resistant (direct persons exposure over a long period)

Material examples

Part of HIPS 3D printing high impact polystyrene
Gear from HIPS 3D printing
Gear from HIPS close 3D printing

Price calculation

  • 0,57 € / cm³ used material at 0,2 mm Layer (Standart).
  • 1,14 € /cm³ used material at 0,1 mm layer thickness
  • It's just the Material calculated that is actually consumed in the component.

Typical usage

HIPS is always used when a particularly impact-resistant and abrasion-resistant plastic is needed.
By atypical for FDM high optical surface quality of this material is also often used for the production of objects or intuition as a prototype.
A common use is the production of spare parts such as gears or installation pattern.


HIPS is moulded in the so-called FDM.
FDM means literally 'Fused Deposition Modeling ".
FDM is one of the simpler procedures of 3D printing. Manufactured components have
visible Layer (coatings) on. The advantage of this technology is the pressure in a
high variation of materials and the direct use of technical
plastics. The material is genuinely applied and thus differs
most other procedures, with materials having approximate properties
work. Another advantage is the possibility of closed cavities.
FDM is not suitable for small parts, because they overheat.

The procedure:
The model is broken down into layers of 0.1 0.2 mm.
Now, a plastic wire is forced through a hot nozzle and into a viscous
State puts. A CNC-controlled print head now moves from the contour of the component
and while applying the desired layer thickness.
Washable support structures of alcohol prevent hanging of overhangs.

FDM 3D printing from close, technology clarification procedure

Additionnal information

  • HIPS is approved as all FDM plastics not for contact with food.
  • Components from HIPS should not be used outdoor without additional protection.
  • HIPS should not come into contact with gasoline or solvents.

Shipping within
8 Working days

Design specifications:

Minimum wall thickness
1 mm

Smallest Detail
0.3 mm

Maximum dimension
ø 170 mm x 285 mm

Priority service

When ordering before 12 am We will ship within 2 Working days. �

30 % extra charge


The surface of your model is determined by the technology and the chosen material. Therefore, we offer several post-processing steps. This affects the cost but also the quality of your model.

The natural surface of HIPS is perfect if you want your model just as functional or demonstration prototype. So you'll be able to see the material and method using the surface as we do nothing more than to print your part to remove the insulatorss and ship it to you.


Available colors:


Grinding and sandblasting (Polishing)

Polished models in HIPS have no high-gloss surface. They have a slightly rough but very smooth surface.
All parts are sanded by hand and then sandblasted. For this reason, it may be that your part is subsequently rejected if it is not to edit by hand.

What is to be observed on polished models:

  • Models can only be polished from a minimum dimensions of 10x10x10 mm.
  • Only accessible by hand areas are polished.
  • Post processing will take on all surfaces around 0.2 mm materail. Plan something extra wall thickness.
  • Small details can disappear during this process.
  • The polishing service requires 2 extra Working days to the indicated delivery time..
  • Price: Polishing costs 30% of the part price as extra charge..

Painted models

Painted 3D printing


Of course, you can also paint models from 3D HIPS .
Here, the quality and RAL color can be selected. The basic version of the painting is a simple "spray paint".
This means that is your part lightly sanded and then painted. Construction stages and the similar are still easily recognizable.
The highest quality is the quality in premium (car paint). This "Polishing" must be booked with.
Your part is sanded, polished, filled, wet sanded and painted.

  • Need a minimum dimension of 10x10x10mm
  • Price: 30% of the component price in base coating. For additional Premium polishing service (+ 30%).
  • On Painting 2 Design specifications must be set extra.



Coating of 3D printing


HIPS parts can also be wonderfully coated.
To do this, your model is ground and then coated with your desired equipment. Here, also, a coat with gold or silver is possible.

  • We can coat only parts of 10 x 10 x 10 mm bis 600 x 600 x 600 mm. Larger parts on demand.
  • Handling fee 12 € / oder
  • Hand galvanizing.
  • Order thickness from 1 µm
  • Possible coatings:

    Copper 99,99% Cu IMDS Nr.  736943
    Matt nickel, from Sulfamatelektrolyt 99,95% Ni IMDS Nr.  748706
    High-gloss nickel >99,50% Ni IMDS Nr.  749088
    Gold plating 24ct. 24 Karrat Au IMDS Nr.  756617
    Silver plating 99,99% Ag IMDS Nr.  757803
    Chrome plating from the trivalent electrolyte, RoHS Compliant IMDS Nr.  756617
    Black chrome plating electrically conductive, Black Chrome coating IMDS Nr.  10629626/1
    Electroless Nickel Plating hochphosphorig, 13% Phosphor as NiP IMDS Nr.  326271538
    Tin plating 99.98% Sn, RoHS-Konform
    Bismut our Bismudan� electrolyte, 99,95% Bi

Unit Value
Tensile strength MPa 34,5
Elongation at break % 30
Hardness HR L60
Thermal resistance �C 83
Impact resistance kJ/m� 5,88
Density g/cm� 1,07
Water absorption % 0,6
Chemical resistance n/a
Weather Resistant