How to print BCN3D BVOH

Soluble thermoplastic, highly adopted as a support material for FDM 3D printers





Note: Check out this article to learn the best way to optimize the use of BVOH in 3D printing Optimize support materials usage.



BVOH (Butenediol vinyl alcohol copolymer) is a water-soluble thermoplastic optimized for the FFF manufacturing process. Our BVOH extends the compatibility with most of BCN3D filaments and can be easily printed to create the support and then dissolved with ordinary water.
In comparison with PVA, BVOH supports allow to achieve better surface quality, to orientate the part to get better mechanical properties and even to print multi-component models and mechanisms with a fastest dissolution and easier to remove.



- Watter-soluble material

- Great combination with PLA, Tough PLA, PET-G, TPU 98A, ABS, PA and PAHT CF15

- Fastest dissolution

-Easy to remove inside small parts

- Less clogging issues

- Highly hygroscopic


You can buy BVOH in our shop: BCN3D BVOH


BVOH compatibility with BCN3D printers/hotends:

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Epsilon-header w27-epsilon-series-bcn3d d25-sigma-series-bcn3d Sigmax-header-3-prints Sigma-header-3prints
0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1 0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1 0.4 /0.8 0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1 0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1


Available material combinations:

✔ Avalaible         ✗ Not avalaible       e-experimental Experimental


BVOH printing settings - 0.4 mm nozzle:

Extrusion temperature. 210ºC Totally closed models
200ºC Open models
Printing surface temperature 45ºC Totally closed models
60ºC Open models
Speed 20 mm/s
Retraction speed 50 mm/s
Retraction distance 7 mm
Fan speed 100%
Minimum layer height 0.1 mm


Note: BCN3D lab develops specific configurations for each printer and material. Be sure that you are using the latest BCN3D Cura version.


Printing surface adhesive:  Magigoo

Apply a thin and uniform Magigoo layer in order to have a good adherence between the printing surface and the print.

Not only does it provide good adherence, but it also helps prevent glass wear and chipping. This phenomenon is due to the adhesive physically preventing the glass from deforming as the material contracts.

The best option is to apply Magigoo when the printing surface is cold.




Plastic absorbs humidity from the air. For long periods of time without printing, it is recommended to keep BVOH in a box or an airtight container with desiccant so they remain dry. The Smart Cabinet is your best friend when it comes to filament stocking. It maintains a suitable temperature and humidity conditions to ensure the best performance.


Note: Check the humid BVOH printing issues and how to properly store it  Filament storage.


BVOH emits nearly no dangerous particles and fumes when it is being printed. We recommend you to print in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.




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