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PLA is one of the most popular materials used in 3D printing. It is the default filament of choice for most extrusion-based 3D printers because it can be printed at a low temperature and does not require a heated bed. PLA is a great first material to use as you are learning about 3D printing because it is easy to print, very inexpensive, and creates parts that can be used for a wide variety of applications. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly filaments on the market today. Derived from crops such as corn and sugarcane, PLA is renewable and most importantly biodegradable. As a bonus, this also allows the plastic to give off a sweet aroma during printing.

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Features and applications

  • Easy formability
  • Wide range of applications
  • Shiny surface
  • Relatively low cost
  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Biodegradable

[Print Size]
800x800x500 MM

PLA is the most popular 3D printer plastic for FDM technology and can be easily sanded, painted or post-processed in a different fashion. This plastic enables working on relatively low extruder temperatures and appears to be “user-friendly”. Compared to some other filaments, there is no crucial need for a heated bed, reinforced nozzle or printer chamber to work with it. With great details transfer and attractive surface finish, it serves many generic applications of 3d Printing.

PLA filament behaves much better than tougher plastics and usually doesn’t have a bad smell or fumes. The storage of such a material is comparatively low-key as well. On top of all that, polylactic acid is produced in a big variety of colors and used as a base material for many composites with over-the-top properties.

[Print Effect]
Standard: Support structures are removed and some light sanding is performed at the support locations. FDM parts will generally show clear layer lines known as stepping. If a smooth surface finish is required right off the machine, then they should consider other 3D printing technologies.
Custom: Custom surface finishes like painting and additional sanding can be requested.


Can be solvent welded using dichloromethane;
Environmentally friendly;
Can be used for food containers;
Easy to 3D print with;
Wide range of color and composite options.


Machine processing is difficult;
Low heat resistance;
Relatively low strength.

Industry application recommendation

Production of tubes
Food packaging
Surgical threads
Surgical pins

Material parameters

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