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Polylactic Acid

3D Printing Technology


Material Description

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a popular, environmentally friendly 3D printing material derived from renewable resources such as cornstarch and sugarcane. It is a biodegradable thermoplastic that offers a relatively low melting point, making it easy to print with and compatible with most FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) 3D printers.

PLA is well-suited for a variety of applications due to its moderate strength and ease of use. Its low warping characteristics and minimal shrinkage make it ideal for printing intricate, detailed objects, as well as larger parts with good surface quality. PLA is often used in prototyping, architectural models, educational projects, and decorative items, such as figurines, ornaments, and display pieces.

While PLA is not as durable as some other materials like ABS or PETG, it is an excellent choice for projects that prioritize aesthetics, ease of printing, and a lower environmental impact. However, it is not recommended for parts exposed to high temperatures, prolonged sunlight, or heavy mechanical loads, as it can become brittle and degrade over time in such conditions.

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The maximum physical stress the material can handle before breaking


Shows how flexible the material is and how much it can bend without breaking


Shows the combination of heat, fatigue, liquid, UV and chemical resistance.


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Temperature Resistance


The temperature when the material begins to deform and lose shape.

This chart is based off average figures of the material type, different branded materials and colours will vary.

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