About our PLA PRO (TOUGH)
Our tough PLA is based on unique polymer building block configuration research and engineered for strength and durability!
|Manufactured in our Mississauga, Ontario facility using premium quality materials and extrusion equipment. Consistent diameter monitoring using multi axis laser micrometers. Every batch is traceable and tested for quality assurance.
1.5 X Higher Impact Strength than ABS!
8.8 X Higher Impact Strength than standard PLA!
An additive free tough PLA with high impact resistance specifically developed for the manufacturing of 3D filaments and engineered to offer a non-toxic alternative to styrene based material such as ABS. Our PLA PRO retains the ease of printing of regular PLA whilst being suitable for functional applications beyond prototyping. Produces strong, accurate, clean, reliable and repeatable results. Clean extrusion and storage environments. +/- 0.02mm or less average diameter variation & roundness.
Create tough plastic parts for functional applications, such as jigs, fixtures, and tools.
Features and Advantages:
- Exhibits significantly higher impact strength than ABS, even before any post processing or annealing.
- Great alternative to styrenic-based materials
- Prints as easy as regular PLA
- UV Resistant for outdoor use
- Lower gloss compared to standard PLA
- Non-toxic bio-based material
- Annealable for higher heat and impact resistance
- Smoother flow and easier extrusion
- Low warping and curling, suitable for large parts
- High detail printing
- Improved overhang performance
- Greater machinability than standard PLA allows more post-processing techniques
- Compatible with water soluble PVA and Breakaway support materials
We use a multi-axis laser measurement system to control our filament diameter and ovality in real-time during production.
|210°C - 240°C
- Note: This PLA may need to be printed at higher temperature than normal PLA on some printers. Experiment between 210°C - 240°C for optimal inter-layer adhesion.
- PLA can be printed both with and without a heated print bed, but if your desktop 3D printer does have a heated print bed it is recommended to set your print bed temperature to approximately 60°C.
- Print speed 40-100mm/s
Anneal - to heat and then cool in order to make the material stronger and more heat resistant.
Annealing (Heat Treating) Instructions
To get the maximum strength and higher heat resistance out of your 3D printed part, you may post- anneal (after the item is printed), a procedure that can be done in your oven at a range of 176-266F (80 - 130C) to promote increased crystallization and further improve the heat deflection temperature.
Annealing works best for parts printed with 100% infill using the LINES infill pattern (Other infill patterns may leave small voids inside the part.
It is also recommended to remove prints, blobs and strings from the print before proceeding to anneal.
For best results:
Preheat (important) the oven or toaster oven. (Lab oven recommended) 95°C to 115°C depending on the part size and thickness. (Lower temp for smaller/thinner parts, higher temp for larger parts)
- Place your print on a room temperature baking sheet.(For smaller and thinner prints, we recommend submerging the parts inside fine sand, making sure to fill all voids in order to help maintain the integrity of the parts during the annealing process. When using the sand method, leave your part in the oven for about 1 hour to ensure the heat has been transferred tot he part inside the sand. use a hand thermometer to verify the temp inside the sand to ensure the part has been properly heated. Then remove from the sand and allow to cool down to room temperature.)
- Place baking sheet with the item on it into oven/toaster oven.
- Wait 6-10 minutes or 30-60 minutes for larger parts, for annealing to complete
(in order for the item to fully reach the temperature of the oven) you may see the print take on a milky/matte/opaque color transformation.
- Turn the oven off.
- Wait for oven to cool to room temperature before removing print.
Shrinkage and/or warping may occur. The degree of shrinkage/warping depends heavily on the part geometry. Items with extended sections can also be subject to some movement during this process. Only testing will show how any particular print will hold up.
Some customers have tested a water bath annealing process using a sous vide cooker. This can ensure a more even distribution of heat but we recommend annealing for 60 minutes to ensure complete heat penetration.
Results: Following this procedure will provide a stronger and more temperature resistant part. This will allow you to reach the full potential of the filament and printing process for your part.