PLA Filament

PLA is one of the most widely used filament types among hobbyist 3D printing enthusiasts.  This is primarily due to its overall ease of use, low price and it’s always readily available. PLA filament is a thermoplastic polymer made strictly from renewable resources. PLA, or Poly Lactic Acid, is generated from biodegradable material like cornstarch, potato starch, sugarcane and tapioca roots, and has a smooth, shiny appearance. PLA filament is popular for its ease of use, natural ability to break down and superior print detail capabilities.

 

Like everything there are pros and cons to every type of filament.  PLA is fantastic in that it can be printed on any type of FDM printer and will almost always provide you with a good quality finished print.  In addition you will find PLA to be a relatively low cost material and the colors and varieties of PLA make it an obvious choice for printers of all skill levels.  The biggest drawback to printing with PLA is its relatively low heat deflection quality of your finished prints.  You will find that in a warm environment such as a hot car in the summertime, your print can easily deform and warp.  If you need to make a product that will be exposed to temperatures above about 120 degrees farhenheit you may want to consider a different material.


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