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Design for Craft / Materials  / Re-thinking PLA

Re-thinking PLA

In the last months, we showed you the PLA HS (High Strenght). Today we return to talk about it because we have made ​​a lot of prints and further test; the results are truly remarkable, even beyond our expectations.

The PLA is the main material for FDM desktop printers  because it has features particularly suited to the mode of the additive manufacturing. Over the years, the demand for this material for the market of 3D printing has increased and today its evolutions are expected. Having this in mind, we decided to improve its performances and so we loaded it with mineral powders; the result is this PLA HS (that means High Strength).
Our PLA HS has the same ease of printing of PLA standard, commonly available on the market but with many plus!
It’s much more resistant to bending and torsion’s stress. The pieces that we have printed are really sturdy and hold up well even when heavy used.
It has a higher resistance to high temperatures and is less hygroscopic. This translates into a greater durability of the molded parts and greater reliability and stability of the filaments regards of the environmental agents.
It’s easy to get well defined prints because it is much less sensitive to warping and it doesn’t require the hot bed. The only difference with standard PLA is the melt temperature, between 200°C and 210°C.
In short, this is a considerable step forward in the search for materials designed specifically for 3D printing filament. The PLA HS is available in the format 3mm Stick Filament in our e-Shop.