PLA Filament Material

PLA filament material is the most popular 3D printer filament type because it’s easy to use. Unlike other filament types, PLA prints as low temperatures. This makes the material less likely to warp when cooling, so there’s no need to use a heating bed. PLA thermoplastic filament is also an eco-friendly option because it’s biodegradable. Renewable resources, such as corn starch and sugar cane, are main components in PLA material, which makes it good for the environment. PLA filament is also generally odorless, though you may notice sweet candy-like fumes when printing.

A downside to this material is that it’s brittle, and the PLA filament heat resistance is not ideal. It may deform when temperatures exceed 60°C. When printing items that will encounter high heat, or that may be dropped or bent, you should opt for a different material. When these conditions don’t apply, PLA filament material is a good choice. At Terrafilum, we even offer food-safe PLA to make storage containers. Other popular uses for this filament include prototype parts and models. We sell both 2.85mm and 1.75mm PLA filament.

Material Features

PLA
Rigid

Industrial grade bio-plastic - base industrial for rapid proto-typing and quick part production; Excellent flow and printing characteristics. Great for long prints and has superior life to common PLA products.

PLA Professional
Rigid

Industrial grade bio-plastic - industrial grade with excellent detail and precision performance; professional series PLA for higher impact and heat-resistance. Ideal when parts need to be precise and functional.

PLA Food Safe
Rigid

Industrial grade bio-plastic - industrial grade providing more precise detail and is food contact approved; Excellent flow and printing characteristics. Great for long prints and has excellent printing performance.

Easy to Print With

Non-Toxic and Biodegradable

Low Printing Temperature

No Oder When Extruded

Perfect for Rapid Prototyping

Filament Properties

Strength

Medium

Flexibility

Low

Durability

Medium

Difficulty to Use

Low

Print Temperature

180°C – 230°C

Print Bed Temperature

20°C – 60°C (but not needed)

Shrinkage / Warping

Minimal

Soluble

No

The Perfect Material for Your Project

Let us know if you are interested in a custom material blend or color. We will work with you to create the perfect material for your project!

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