PLA 3D Printer Filament Tips, Tricks and Uses!

PLA 3D printer filament has a lower printing temperature than ABS, and it doesn’t warp as easily, meaning it doesn’t require a heating bed (although it definitely helps). Another benefit to using PLA is that it doesn’t give off an evil smell during printing.

This filament is considered an odourless filament.  Finally, as a biodegradable thermoplastic, PLA is more environmentally friendly than most 3D printer filament types. This is made from annually renewable resources such as corn starch or sugar cane.

3D Printer Filament Properties:

  • Strength: High | 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
  • Food safety: Refer to manufacturer guidelines

When should I use PLA 3D printer filament?

Compared to any other 3D printer filament types PLA is brittle. So avoid using it when making items that may be bent, twisted, or dropped repeatedly. Such as phone cases, high-wear toys, or tool handles. You should also avoid using it with items that need higher temperatures as PLA tends to malform around temperatures of 60°C or higher.

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