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An easy-to-print, plant starch derived polymer, PLA is one of the most commonly used filaments in 3D printing. PLA has minimal warping and shrinking compared to other materials, which means it thrives when making larger objects, pieces featuring flat surfaces and hard angles, or requiring tight tolerances for fit.
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, so 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.
- Hot-end print temperature 180-210C
- Minimal shrinkage and warp when compared to ABS
- Sticks well to PEI print beds when heated to 60-degrees-celcius
- Its low glass-transition temperature makes PLA a poor choice for high temperature applications