PLA is the most common and easy-to-use filament for 3D printing, making it a great starting point on any project for beginners and professionals alike. It adheres to a variety of build surfaces and does not require a heated bed. Being a bioplastic made from renewable natural resources such as cornstarch and tapioca products makes it completely biodegradable.
PLA printer filament excels at prototyping applications and parts that do not require high physical or thermal properties. If you have parts that won’t see repeat or heavy-duty use, PLA may be an excellent option.
Filamatrix PLA filament is proudly made in the USA to the tightest diameter tolerance on the market. Filamatrix filaments are designed and developed by engineers with 50 years of experience in plastic extrusion. All Filamatrix products are repeatedly tested for color uniformity and physical properties through an in-house print lab, consisting of numerous printer manufacturers. Physical properties of printed tests bars are checked by an certified outside lab.
- Recommended nozzle temperature: 200° – 220° C
- Recommended bed temperature: room temperature to 60° C
- Recommended drying temperature: 50° C
TIPS FOR OPTIMAL PRINTING
- While a heated bed is not required for printing, starting around 60 °C may give better results.
- PLA adheres to a variety of build surfaces (glass, PEI, etc.).
A FEW WORDS ABOUT DRYING
- All 3D printer filaments are at least somewhat prone to absorbing water (hydroscopic)
- PLA is slow to absorb moisture so it may not be immediately noticeable
- Indications of moisture problems include popping or spitting when printing and stringy prints
- Drying may be done in a dedicated filament dryer, oven, or food dehydrator
- For casual to moderate printers we recommend this product (Opens in new window. No compensation is received.)
- For PLA, dry six hours at 50° C (120° F)