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PLA (PolyLactic Acid) Filament

PolyLactic Acid, or PLA, is one of the most common filaments used in FDM 3D printing. It's environmentally friendly being bio-sourced, biodegradable and virtually odourless. It's the easiest filament to print with, as there is little to no warping or shrinkage during printing. PLA possesses good strength and high visual quality, making it suitable for novice designers. We recommend printing in either open or enclosed 3D printers, while staying mindful of jamming that can occur. PLA can be sanded and painted in post processing. There are few limitations, such as being brittle (it might chip or shatter on impact) and is not suited for hot temperatures or low humidity, although it is UV resistant.

Engineering PLA

There has been an increase in professional users in the 3D printing world and the demand is higher for more durable and reliable filaments. Normally ABS filament is recommended for strong and durable prints, but PLA is far more commonly used than the ABS. This is because PLA is a lot easy to work with and ABS tends to warp, whereas PLA prints flawlessly, providing a sharp end result. We offer engineering PLA's from MakerBot, Leapfrog, Carbodeon and D3D Recommends.

MakerBot Precision PLA

*NEW* For the new MakerBot Method 3D Printer, MakerBot have designed 2 new PLA's specially designed for the Method. There is the regular Polylactic acid (PLA) filament which is non-toxic and easy-to-print with high reliability and dimensional accuracy. Then there is the Precision Tough PLA which was specifically designed for engineering use. It is a thermoplastic engineered for durable, strong, and dimensionally accurate 3D printed prototypes and fixtures. With up to 2X the impact-strength of ABS and similar tensile and flexural strength properties, MakerBot Tough Material gives you high durability and toughness.

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