How to print with BCN3D PVA

A water soluble thermoplastic, widely used as support material for FFF 3D printers






What is PVA?

bcn3d-pva PVA (Polyvinyl alcohol) is a water-soluble thermoplastic, widely used 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 for support and then dissolved with ordinary water.

PVA supports allow a better surface quality to accommodate the part to enhance the mechanical properties and print multi-component models and mechanisms. Also, the PVA can be used to print sacrificial molds.

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

BCN3D PVA is compatible with the following BCN3D Filaments.

Standard materials
PLA  TPU  PVA  BVOH e-experimental TPLA  PET-G e-experimental      
Technical materials
ABS e-experimental PA  PP                   
Composite materials
PAHT CF15  PP GF30  PET CF15  316L  17-4 PH   

PVA printing settings - 0.4 mm nozzle

Extruder temperature 210ºC-230ºC
Build plate temperature 45ºC - 60ºC
Speed 25-30mm/s
Retraction speed  40 mm/s
Retraction distance  5 mm
Cooling fan 50%
Minimum layer height 0.15-0.4 mm
  • Note:  BCN3D Lab develops specific configurations for each material and printer. Be sure to use the last BCN3D Stratos version.

Build plate adhesion

Apply a fine and even layer of Magigoo PRO glue to achieve a proper 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.

Make sure that the support structure is strong and is in contact with the printing surface to avoid warping.



Plastics absorb moisture from the air. If the material is not in use for extended periods of time, it is recommended to keep the PVA spools in a box or airtight container with desiccant to keep them dry.

Dry the PVA before printing, to avoid common issues related to the humidity like burned areas on the printed part or underextrusion.

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

Enabling the support interface is one of the best ways to optimize the use of PVA for 3D printing. Also, helps to reduce the clogs in the hotend.

Digital documentation of the PVA

Here you can find and download the Technical data and the Safety data sheets of our PVA:


Technical data sheet


Safety data sheet


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