- PLA (short for polylactic acid) is a plastic made of renewable starches such as corn and sugarcane.
- It is biodegradable and does not emit a lot of ultra fines particles (UFCs).
- Depending on the specifications and the color, extrusion temperature can vary between 160 and 220 °C.
- In general, parts printed using PLA have a slightly glossy finish.
- PLA is less prone to warping during print and is much more ‘stickier’ than ABS.
- PLA starts to become malleable (heat deflection point) at around 60 °C.
- PLA requires a bit more force to be extruded as it has a higher coefficient of friction than ABS.
- PLA is a bit more recent in the history of FDM 3D printers and has a promising future.
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