Why PLA is so awesome

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We just can’t tell enough about PLA, and there’s a special reason we’re so keen on it.

 

Just for a quick rehearsal; PLA or Polylactic acid is a widely used thermoplastic polymer. We like it mostly because it’s easy to print with, it doesn’t warp, the interlayer bonding is excellent, and with just about 210°C nozzle temperature you’re good to go!

 

An also neat thing about PLA is that it’s made (mostly) of corn. Hence the name, bioplastic. It’s safe, it smells nice (some even say, that it smells like waffles, or candy during printing), and what’s even more cool: it’s biodegradable!

 

So what does it mean? You might think that “oh my, will my prints eventually just turn into dust?”

Certainly not. It kinda works like wood. You might have some furniture at home, which is older than you or even your grandparents. If you treat PLA well, it can stay in perfect shape for ages, but under the right conditions for composting it can completely break down.

 

 

If kept in warm (about 50-60°C), wet soil, it can disappear in about 80 days. It grew out of the soil, and when it’s no longer needed, it can safely return to the soil. How cool is that? PLA is not just an easy to use material, but also eco-friendly, so it’s a tiny bit easier on our environment too.

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