We've raised the bar Canada... meet the new standard:
Since 2014 the Filaments.ca house brand PLA has been the best selling PLA in Canada. Why? Because when it came to quality vs price, the value of our standard PLA could simply not be beat. Until now... Our new standard PLA (Now called "EcoTough PLA") has been improved in virtually all aspects, including the price!
What is EcoTough PLA?
The Filaments.ca EcoTough PLA 3D printing filament is a new breed of PLA that draws upon several important lessons we've learned in material properties and behavior. We believe it's the best Filaments.ca brand PLA yet!
PLA is one of the most commonly used 3D printer filament because it is easy to use and is a friendly, nontoxic, bio-degradable material derived from renewable resources such as field corn. Perfect for beginners and pros alike!
Lets take a look at some of the main advantages of EcoTough PLA:
- Made from a premium grade 100% plant based virgin raw material designed specifically for 3D printing.
- Absolutely no additives or modifiers! (Why is this important? Read more further down)
- Extremely smooth and consistent.
- 100% stronger than standard PLA and even much stronger than most "PLA+" blends!
- The filament is completely non-brittle and will not snap or break at any point before during or after printing.
- Faster crystallization, improved bridging performance and overall finish.
- Allows for faster printing speeds.
- Ideal for high resolution and small detail prints.
- Warp free with good build plate adhesion.
- Improved mechanical properties. (See technical data below)
- Non-toxic; Safe for use at home, office and school environments.
- Plant based.
- Low odor.
- 100% biodegradable.
No additives or modifiers! Naturally safe, naturally strong!
Why is having no additives or modifiers in a filament so important? Most PLA materials require the use of additives and impact modifiers to make them stronger and less brittle, but the use or composition of these additives is usually not fully disclosed... While polymers such as PLA may be a naturally safe and non-toxic, the additives may not be! This can translate into a filament that is not truly 100% biodegradable in addition to unknown effects of fumes/smell and overall safety. While this is usually not a concern with quality brand name filament, it is especially important to keep in mind when purchasing from unknown vendors on amazon, ebay etc. Our EcoTough PLA completely retains the natural safety and biodegradability of PLA while still being significantly stronger than others! As an added bonus to having a neat/non modified material, EcoTough PLA prints extremely smooth and consistent.
|DATA||EcoTough PLA||ASTM TEST METHOD|
|Melt Index (g/10min) (190°C, 2.16KG)||4 - 6||D1238|
|Tensile Strength (Mpa)||>89||D882|
|Elongation at Break (%)||>28||D882|
|Bending Strength (Mpa)||122||D790|
|Impact Strength (J/M)||129||D256|
|Heat Distortion (°C)||60||E2092|
|Melting Point (°C)||170-180||-----|
The Filaments.ca Brand Advantage:
The best selling PLA in Canada just got even better! Our new EcoTough PLA is a result of continually improving formulation based on feedback from our customers & the 3D printing community. Selling in such high volumes gives the Filaments.ca brand an edge over competitors by being able to analyze trends accurately and implement preventive actions to ensure the high quality of our product is maintained and improved.
All our products are stored in and shipped from our own fully controlled warehouse. Having full control over storage conditions, product packaging as well as maintaining a FIFO (First In First Out) storage system is crucial in keeping our 3d printing consumables fresh and in an optimal environment.
Our PLA filaments comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) directive and certified by SGS. Why is it important? It basically means the filaments are free from lead and other potentially hazardous substances including cadmium, mercury and chromium VI, among others.