High stiffness, good detail, affordable.
PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic for low-cost, non-functional prototyping. Greater detail than ABS, but more brittle. Unsuitable for high temperatures.
FDM PLA Materials
FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.
Benefits and Limitations
Limited dimensional accuracy
|Price $$$$$||Tolerance ± 0.5% (min: ± 0.5 mm)|
|Turnaround time < 2 days||Wall thickness 0.8 mm|
|Max part size 100 x 100 x 100 cm||Layer height 50 - 400 μm|
PLA (FDM) is used for low-cost, non-functional prototyping. Offers greater detail than ABS, but is more brittle. Unsuitable for high temperature applications.
Woodfill PLA (FDM) contains wood, bamboo, or cork-based pulverized material, resulting in FDM parts with a unique wood-like appearance.
Metalfill PLA (FDM) contains steel, copper, bronze or other metal particles that give parts a metallic surface finish and unique properties.