- 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
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.
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 malformed around temperatures of 60°C or higher.
PLA Filament Article Reviews
Eryone PLA Filament 1.75mm – The spool Eryone provide with this 1KG of filament is a right size with no cutouts on the outer perimeter, for this reason, it rolls nice and freely on my bearing spool holder.
Eryone Silk Copper Review: Print Copper for Pennies! – Everyone loves filament that is different, well this one you need to check it out to see for your self its so shiny.
Eryone Silk Silver Filament Review – Another excellent silk filament to try out, this time its high silver filament to use on multiple different types of models.
Eryone Rainbow Filament – Oh How Colourful – Are you tired of your plain old filament? Bored of watching the same colour print layer on the layer?
Eryone Sparkly Blue – The packaging for Eryone Sparkly Blue PLA is just your average brown cardboard box. With previous Eryone filaments, they have been packaged in their own branded packaging.
Eryone Black Glitter – Black filament and Star Wars, its got to be Darth Vader! I found the STL on my HDD so can’t be sure where it came from but if anyone knows the author let me know, and I will link to them.
Eryone Dark Wood PLA – Just A Splinter Faction? – I was surprised by the colour depth and the low odour of this filament. It’s often found that wood infused filaments often have a higher smell than other PLA.
YouSu Silk Pearlescent PLA – Color, Quality, And Shine – Instantly, I noticed something different about these rolls of filament. The spools were clear and contained material-specific labels in multiple languages. The labels indicate the material, diameter, printing temperature, print surface temperature and net weight. Additionally, the label has approximate per cent of remaining usage marks. This is the first time I’ve seen a filament spool like this. NICE!!!
Sunlu Transparent PLA+ – I now wanted to print something to show how transparent the Sunlu Transparent PLA+ filament is.
Sunlu Black & White Filament Review – The outcome of this was enjoyable. The black prints beautiful and even and with a lovely shiny black and the XYZ cube dimensions are spot on. However, there was some little stringing, but my Ender 3 Pro was set up for a significant print.
3D Printz Crystal PLA – Measured the thickness with my callipers in three spots and there within there range of there quoted tolerance of 0.03mm.
Emvio PLA-MT Matte Black Filament – Temperature advised for the Emvio PLA-MT Matte Black filament is between 195 – 220. On the CR10S I printed at 215 with a 60 bed, pretty much the norm with PLA.
3DQF Anime Pink Filament Review– 3DQF is now our go-to filament manufacturer with reasonable price and fantastic quality.
3DQF Pearl Plum Filament – 3DQF has started their new Pearl range of filaments, fresh out of the extruder. They wanted a set of unique colours that are different, almost with a metallic effect.
Hobby King Transparent Red PLA – This review is for Hobby King Transparent Red PLA filament, in 1.75mm. I will be going over its print quality, ease of printing, and performance in price.
Ooznest Glitz PLA Filament Review – Do you want a fantastic glitz PLA? Want to give a WOW factor print which excites every person? Of course you want! One of the best materials for you is the Ooznest Glitz PLA.
SOVOL PLA 3D Printer Filament – This week we’re looking at a new high-quality PLA Black and White filament made by Chinese manufacturer SOVOL.
Geeetech Marble Filament Review – Geeetech Marble Filament, Silk Filament, Rainbow Filament it’s all a minefield! Buying new filaments can be hit and miss. Is it going to look like the pictures?
Geeetech Glow In The Dark Filament Review – I have a habit of weighing new filaments, and this one weighed in at 1201g. Geeetech claim this is 335M, but I’m not prepared to measure it out so I will take their word for it.
Geeetech Gold Silk PLA – Is All That Glitters Gold? – Thrilling to look at with an excellent finish. Straightforward to print and realistically priced. There isn’t a lot to not like about Geeetechs Gold Silk PLA. I can’t think of anything I don’t like.
Thumwan Red Filament Review – The usual non-descript brown box and vac-packed plain black spool complete with desiccant within greeted me when I opened the package. No innovations here, no-frills, just well packaged Thumwan filament.
Hello3D Silk Silver Filament – This is a massive plus in Hello3D’s favour, as most other brands I have tested exceed their advertised tolerances. I used about a third of the roll during my testing.
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