Kuraray has launched a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a groundbreaking water-soluble support material technology to the 3D printing market. The company is presented the development at Rapid + TCT in Detroit, Michigan in May 2019.

MOWIFLEX™ PVOH, as a biodegradable, water-soluble support material for 3D printing, shows excellent printability and cold water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. This enables printing of complex structures, including moving parts, in one piece and high-quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

After printing is complete, the support structure quickly dissolves down your drain leaving the primary printed piece intact due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEX™ PVOH.

Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g., PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).

MOWIFLEX™ resolves support structures challenges of FFF/FDM based techniques.

MOWIFLEX™ PVOH is a water-soluble thermoplastic material made by Kuraray. The lineup includes grades for various applications like 3D printing, sausage casing, injection molding, and diverting agents.

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 760 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global specialty chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 100 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.


Dr. Moritz Baier 


Kuraray Europe GmbH

Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 85379
E-Mail: Moritz.Baier@kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray-poval.com