PLA is an easy to print, starch derived filament for use in 3D Printers.
Polylactic Acid (PLA), is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester also known as Polylactide. PLA is available in many colors and varying levels of opacity. Considered to be a great starter filament, PLA is relatively easy to print and extrudes at a low temperature.
PLA is one of the most commonly used filaments in 3D printing due to its affordability and ease of use. PLA is specifically easier to use because it doesn't warp like other materials can, making it ideal for printing large items. Plus PLA is a plant-based renewable source, and many believe it emits a sweet and pleasant odor while printing.
As PLA has minimal warping and shrinkage, PLA is ideal for making objects that need flat surfaces and hard angles, or objects that will fit together. PLA is more brittle than ABS, but is still considered very strong and is perfect for most household applications.
- PLA is one of the most commonly used filaments in 3D printing because it is so easy to use.
- PLA has minimal warping and shrinking compared to other materials, which means it thrives when making objects featuring flat surfaces and hard angles, or requiring tight tolerances.
- PLA is commonly used for prototypes, educational and architectural models, and artifact replicas. It can also be treated with a variety of post-processing techniques, it is a popular choice for users looking to paint objects after they have been printed, such as costume props and figurines.
- PLA is relatively brittle, so it is not recommended for high strength applications.
- PLA is recommended for everyone, including beginner users.