PLA (polylactic acid) filament is amongst the oldest and still the most heavily used mediums in the 3D printing community, mainly due to its benefits as a versatile and environmentally friendly thermoplastic. Both organic and biodegradable, PLA is easily compounded with other ingredients to influence its final properties, for example flexibility and metallically. The uncolored form of PLA is a translucent off-white color and has a printing temperature between 195 - 205 degrees (depending on hot end characteristics). Darker colors of PLA may require a few extra degrees of temperature due to the coloring process. The filament should extrude smoothly and appear slightly shiny. PLA is denser and tougher than ABS, but is more brittle and susceptible to cracking under high loads. It is also less resistant to the outdoor elements (UV light and water) than other common thermoplastics.
PLA can print well on an unheated surface using Blue Painters or Kapton tape, and most 3D print stickers. For ease and convenience, we recommend using spray such as 3DLAC on a glass bed. A low bed temperature between 50 - 60 degrees further reduces the chance of warping and makes final print removal easier once the print surface has cooled.
For more information on printing with PLA, please check the PLA information page.
|Outer diameter||200 mm|
|Inner diameter||50 mm|
|Weight spool||300 g|
|Weight filament||1000 g|
|Length filament||330 m|
The base material used in the filament. For more information on the different materials, please check the Filament information page
|Temperature - extruder||180 - 210 °C|
|Temperature - heated bed||0 - 50 °C|
|Heated bed temp. - Print sticker||0-30 °C|