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3D printing PLA

PLA is a biodegradeable plastic based on corn starch. During printing, PLA emits a slight smell of cooking oil. PLA is the jack of all trades in the world of 3D filaments. It’s strength, heat resistance and other properties are nothing special, but good enough for most prints. Due to it’s relatively low cost, environmental friendliness and ease of printing, PLA is by far the most printed filament type. Aside from standard PLA in many colours, other types of PLA like wood infused, carbon fiber infused, metallic, marble, impact (more stress resistance), silk (smooth surface) are also available at slightly higher prices.  If you want the widest range of colours, beautiful details and ease of printing, PLA is the best choice for you.

Pros

  • Beautiful part appearance and surface finish
  • Foodsafe
  • Dimensional accuracy

Cons

  • Low temperature resistance
  • Low impact resistance
  • No flexibility

Examples of use

  • Designer parts, jewelery
  • Architectural models
  • Merchandise
  • Prototypes for pitching and presenting

Datasheet

Temperature properties vicat softening temperature ISO 306 55 °C
heat deflection temperature ISO 75 55 °C
Mechanical properties impact strength ISO 179 16 kJ/m2
flexural modulus ISO 178 3500 MPa
Material properties Density ISO 1183/B 1,24g/cm3
Melt Flow Index ISO 1133 6 g/10 min
Available colours

White

Black

Galaxy black

Graphite black

Space grey

Metallic grey

Silver

RAL 9007

Gold

RAL 1005

Red

Orange 1

RAL 2008

Orange 2

RAL 2004

Melon yellow

RAL 1028

Yellow 2

RAL 1023

Blue

RAL 5015

Metallic purple

RAL 4011

Pink

RAL 4010

Lilac

Fluorescent green

RAL 6038

Light marble

Dark marble

Cinammon wood

Rosewood

Generic wood light

Fluorescent

Many many more colours are available for specific tasks, let us know!

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This post was written by Tomas