3D Printer Filament 1.75MM PLA

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Machine Compatibility:

Our bubble free High Quality PLA filaments work on all 3D desktop printers providing your machine is able to take PLA. These printers include the popular Makerbot Replicator, Solidoodle, Ultimaker, Reprap, Printrbot and many more.

All full rolls of filament come vacuum sealed in a bag with silicone desiccant. We recommend keeping it stored that way until you are ready to use it. Filaments not in use are best kept in an airtight container.

Please be aware that our material contains colorants and is not produced in a controlled food-safe environment. As such we do not recommend to use it in extended direct contact with food, especially not liquids.

There are options to cover the material with lacquers that are considered food-safe.

Our Colours:

Black, White, Purple, Flourescent Yellow,Brown, Blue, Green, Red, Orange, Natural, Lime Green, Light Blue, Flourescent Pink, Grey, Silver,Yellow ,Green,Gold,Chocolate Orange,Glow in the Dark Green

Technical Data:

Gross Weight 1.330kg +/- 30g Including the reel.  There are around 365 metres per roll.
Density: g/cm3 1.25
Melt Point: °C 200
Diameter: 1.75mm
Roundness: 1.75+/-0.07mm
Definition: % ±2.0
Relative Biodegradablity: %100
Print temperature: 175 - 200°C

we NOW also have smaller 300G packs.........


Additional information:
There are many materials that are being explored for 3D Printing, however you will find that the two dominant plastics are ABS and PLA. Both are known as thermoplastics; that is they become soft and pliable when heated and return to a solid when cooled. This process can be repeated again and again. Their ability to melt and be processed again is what makes them so prevalent in society and is why most of the plastics you interact with on a daily basis are thermoplastics.

While there are many thermoplastics, very few of them are currently used for 3D Printing. For a material to prove viable for 3D Printing, it has to pass three different tests; initial extrusion into Plastic Filament, second extrusion and trace-binding during the 3D Printing process, then finally end use application.

PLA demonstrates much less part warping. For this reason it is possible to successfully print without a heated bed and use more commonly available "Blue" painters tape as a print surface. PLA undergoes more of a phase-change when heated and becomes much more liquid. If actively cooled, much sharper details can be seen on printed corners without the risk of cracking or warping. The increased flow can also lead to stronger binding between layers, improving the strength of the printed part.

Strength:
PLA compared to ABS is more brittle and will tend to splinter and break where ABS may tend to bend, but similar force is required for either to fail. It is more likely that you will find your print settings to be a bigger contributor to the strength of printed objects than the plastic you're using (at least between PLA and ABS). Insufficient infill density, too few shells, delamination (layers pulling apart), and other related problems may make your object weak even though the material itself is relatively strong. If your objects feel too flimsy or break too easily try upping infill, adding shells (perimeters), and tweaking your temperature and speed enabling better adhesion between layers.

Printing:
PLA or to use it's full name, Poly Lactic Acid is probably the best material to get started with when you first start 3D printing. With the help of 3D printer's on-board fans it will cool and set very quickly. This means that you can avoid warping and achieve a range of shapes that would be more difficult with other materials.

Finishing:
After 3D printing you can finish your model by sanding and spraying with automotive spray filler. You can also paint directly onto PLA with acrylic paints.

Environment:
As a biodegradable material it is much better for the environment, especially compared to petrochemical-based alternatives (such as ABS). It will also biodegrade in an active compost heap.

 

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