PLA (Poly-lactic Acid or polylactide) has easy print-ability which makes it widely used in 3-D printing.
PLA is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable biomass, typically from fermented plant starch such as from corn, cassava, sugarcane. PLA had the second highest consumption volume of any bio-plastic of the world.
PLA is used as medical implants in the form of anchors, screws, plates, pins, rods, and as a mesh. PLA can also be used as a decomposable packaging material, either cast, injection-molded, or spun. Cups and bags have been made from this material.
In the form of a film, it shrinks upon heating, allowing it to be used in shrink tunnels.
It is useful for producing loose-fill packaging, compost bags, food packaging, and disposable tableware.
In the form of fibers and non-woven fabrics, PLA also has many potential uses, for example as upholstery, disposable garments, awnings, feminine hygiene products, and diapers.
In 3D printing, PLA (Poly-lactic Acid) filament is the most common and broadly used material. PLA has a strength of about 70 ~ 80% or more compared to ABS filament and can be deformed at high temperatures.
The melting point of PLA is around 180°C and unlike ABS, it does not shrink easily even when the temperature decreases, so it is possible to print variety of designs relatively stable and easy.
|Print Temperature(℃)||180 - 220 ℃|
|Color||9 (Black, White, Grey, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple)|
Here are some sample outputs printed using PLA.
1) Wand stick from 'Harry Potter' by Stefan, Random Design Studio
2) 'Overwatch' Widow Maker Helmet by Stefan, Random Design Studio
If the filament in the cartridge runs out, you can get this Refill Filament spool to refill.
You can simply refill the filament by replacing the filament spool inside the cartridge and the smart chip inserted on the cartridge.
If you use a cartridge too long, the filament feeding rubber roller of the cartridge can be worn out and may cause a filament feeding problem. If so, you may purchase a new cartridge.
◆ Note: Only Sindoh genuine filaments that are tested and certified by Sindoh's Lab are recommended for the best quality of print output.
◆ How to replace the filament spool: Please check whether your cartridge is A type or B type. Then, follow the instructions on the below manual according to your cartridge type to proceed spool replacement.
◆ To see the MSDS of the PLA Filament, Please click below.