PLA Filament is a nice material to print with. Nonetheless, there are two main areas you need to be aware of. It is not temperature resistant (unless you get the better kind that can be annealed). This material is not good when under constant stress.
Furthermore, it produces a sweet aroma that smells like waffles or candy when heated.
- It is the easiest material to work with.
- It works well for beginners.
- PLA is less prone to warping compared to ABS.
- Available in translucent and glow-in-the-dark colors.
Polylactic Acid (PLA Filament)
This is a very cheap, bio-friendly material made from corn.
The bio-friendliness, a bit cheaper to run, requires a less expensive 3D printer because it doesn’t need a heated bed. Furthermore, it has a bit less of an odor than ABS while being printed.
Less stable over time, more vulnerable to ambient heat after being printed, the material has more “stiction” – surface can sometimes be sticky when 2 surfaces of PLA are moving over each other, less stiff, and less strong. Harder to apply surface finishes.
Poly Lactic Acid or PLA is produced from organic material. The composition of its material makes it possible to use it with ease. You will notice a smooth and sparkling appearance of the thermoplastic material.
Keeping the advantages aside, it is important to note that PLA materials have a comparatively lower melting point than ABS material.
Due to this property of PLA materials, they start warping and cracking when stored in higher temperature conditions. It is considered as one of the major disadvantages of using this material.
However, keeping it aside, the fact that objects printed with this material have high-quality printing feature cannot be ignored.
ABS Vs PLA Filament
If your main target is to get the best possible results then determining the right material is of great importance. Therefore, keep one thing in mind that selecting the right material is as much important as buying a suitable 3D printer at a reasonable cost.
While selecting the right material various factors must be considered. These factors include strength, compliance, aesthetics, etc. Moreover, you will learn more things regarding the filament in the further section of the article.
More Discussion On PLA Filament
It is important to note that people mostly use ABS and PLA in desktop and 3D printers. However, let’s move ahead and talk about the main benefits and disadvantages of these most preferred materials.
Before making the choice you need to have all the required information regarding the two materials. Firstly, both of these materials (PLA and ABS) are thermoplastics in nature. Besides, this property of the two materials, they become flexible on heating. As they become flexible molding them into different shapes becomes easier.
Although the processes used to build the objects are the same in 3D printers, some may use both of the materials. On the other hand, others may use one of them. It will totally depend upon the machine being used.
So now you might come up with the question that if the process in the picture is the same, how are the properties of both of them different. In order to provide a better understanding of the content being talked about, there is a list of properties of both PLA filament and ABS material.