3D PLA Printing
Polylactic Acid (PLA) is a thermoplastic polymer that is derived from renewable resources like corn starch and sugar cane. A major advantage for using PLA is that it is biodegradable. It is relatively cheap to produce and has characteristics similar to polypropylene or polystyrene.
Some common applications for PLA include:
- Test and calibration items;
- Biodegradable medical devices (e.g. screws, pins, rods, and plates);
- Model studies;
- Functional prototypes;
- Decorative Parts;
- Cups & mugs;
PLA is known for its 3D print quality. It has the best detail reproduction of the common 3D printing filaments, making it ideal for models where aesthetics are important. PLA is also available in all sorts of vibrant colors and blends.