3D Printing with PLA

Polylactic acid printing or PLA is, together with ABS printing, one of the most popular techniques and the most commonly used material by makers. Thanks to how easy it is to print with PLA, highly rigid, resistant, and defined parts can easily and simply be produced. In comparison to ABS, PLA printing has a better surface finish, but its post processing is not as good, and it does have limited uses in temperatures over 50°C.

 

3D PLA production process

Printing with PLA is easier than with ABS, however it is recommended to heat the base to 40 °C. The extrusion temperature must be around 200 °C, and the chamber does not have to be heated, although it is recommended that its temperature be controlled.

Technical specifications of PLA

Colours
  • Black; Grey; White; Purple
  • Red; Green; Yellow; Brown; Orange
Features
  • Mechanical resistance: 60 MPa 01.
  • Flexural modulus: 3.6 GPa 02.
  • Shock resistance: 16 J/m 03.
  • Softening temperature: 55°C. 04.
Benefits

Parts printed with PLA are well defined and have a good surface finish, this is even the case with those with complex geometric curves. Components printed with PLA are biodegradable and meet all requirements to be in contact with food. Good rigidity and resistance.

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Bespoke 3D printing of parts with PLA

Unlike individual makers who also use PLA for 3D printing, at Addimen we use a premium, top quality, and fully stabilised PLA to obtain excellent finishes, with the best reliability and ease in 3D printing.

Step by step process

1
3D File

– Send us your 3D file ready to print.
– If you do not have the file, send us the item and we will create the CAD file.
– If you need a design from zero, our designers will gladly prepare a quote for you.

2
3D Printing

– We will create the process file adapted to the technology and materials that will be used to produce your item.
– We prepare and condition the printer to guarantee optimum quality.

3
Cleaning and post processing

This step is key when meeting your requirements, and it is one that we are highly specialised in.
The removal of the printing support structures, heat treatments, and surface finishes (blasting, polishing, tooling) are some of the most common post processes.

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Uses of printing with PLA

Due to its reduced temperature resistance, PLA printed parts should only be used in low temperature environments.

Uses
Prototypes
Design verifications
Processing tools
Personalised aesthetic parts

Printing machinery

With PLA
 
Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) 3NTR A2

3NTR is one of the leading professional plastic printer manufacturers. Its large AS model has a liquid cooled extruder that allows engineered plastics to be printed.

WORK VOLUME 

Large items can be printed up to 600x325x500 mm.

MULTI-MATERIAL 

The versatility of its design and the possibility to generate new processing parameters means that this equipment can work with a range of materials.

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Other materials

In addition to this service with PLA, we also offer it in the following materials: Take a look and decide the one best suited to your needs.

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