How to print with BCN3D PVA

Water soluble thermoplastic, widely adopted as support material for FFF 3D printers





Note:  Have a look at this article to know the best way to optimize the use of PVA for 3D printing.


PVA (Polyvinyl alcohol) is a water-soluble thermoplastic, widely adopted as a support material for FFF 3D printers. Optimized for the FFF manufacturing process, our PVA is compatible with most of BCN3D filaments and can be easily printed to create the support and then dissolved with ordinary water.

PVA 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.



- Water-soluble supports for partially enclosed cavities and complex geometries

- Sacrificial moulds

- Exceptional adhesion with PLA

- Great  combination with PET-G, TPU and Nylon


You can purchase PVA from our store: BCN3D PVA


PVA compatibility with BCN3D printers / hotends:

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0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1.0 0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1.0 0.4 /0.8 0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1.0 0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1.0


Supported materials combinations

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PVA printing settings - 0.4 mm nozzle:

Extruder temperature 220ºC Full enclosure models
225ºC Open models
Build plate temperature 45ºC Full enclosure models
65ºC Open models
Speed 30 mm/s
Retraction speed  40 mm/s
Retraction distance  5 mm
Cooling fan 100%
Minimum layer height 0.1 mm


Note:  BCN3D Lab develops specific configurations for each material and printer. Be sure to use the last BCN3D Cura version.


Build plate adhesion: Magigoo

Apply a fine and unified layer of Magigoo glue to achieve a good adhesion between the 3D printed part and the printing surface of your 3D printer in order to keep the part fixed.

It is best to apply Magigoo when the printing bed is cool.



Plastics absorb moisture from the air. For long periods of time without printing, it is
recommended to keep the PVA spools in a box or airtight container with desiccant
to keep them dry.

Filament Storage

PVA emits low levels of gasses and particles when printed. We recommend printing
it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.

Note: Check the issues when using humid PVA.




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