3D Printing PLA Tips?

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How do I get the best prints of PLA?

  1. Bed. Temperature: 45-60 °C. Heated Bed Optional.
  2. Build Surface. Painter’s tape. PEI.
  3. Extruder. Temperature: 190-220 °C. No special hot-end required.
  4. Cooling. Part Cooling Fan Required.

What is a good speed to print PLA?

In general, PLA prints at around 60 millimeters per second on most 3D printers. Naturally, there is a lot of experimentation to change this, but as of early 2019, most materials need a speed ranging from 40 millimeters per second on the low end to 100 millimeters per second at the high end.

How do I get a smooth finish on PLA prints?

Another way to achieve a smooth surface on a print is by adding an additional coating of material, whether sprayed, painted, or dipped. This can fill any defects in the surface texture, including layer lines, and leave a shiny, even finish. Two common examples for PLA are using a paint primer or an epoxy coating.

What temperature should I print PLA+?

PLA prints best at around 210 °C, but it’s very versatile and can work well anywhere from 180 to 230 °C. It doesn’t require a heated bed, but if your printer does have one, set it to somewhere between 20 and 60 °C.

How hot should the bed be on a 3D printer?

Recommended to use a heated print bed. Ideally your print bed temperature should be set at approximately 90°C – 110 °C. ABS will bend under too much heat. After the first few layers, it’s best to turn down your print bed temperature a bit.

What temp does PLA deform?

PLA is a tough, resilient material with a matte, opaque quality, but it is not as tolerant of heat as ABS is. PLA begins to deform at temperatures above 60 degrees C, and it is not water or chemical resistant. There is a slight smell when it is heated, rather like microwave popcorn, but no toxic odors or vapor.

What are the disadvantages of printing with PLA?

  • PLA has low heat resistance, and therefore cannot be used for high temperature applications.
  • PLA is typically weaker and has a lower tensile strength than its counterparts, ABS and PETG.

How do you stick PLA together?

Cyanoacrylate glue is usually the best choice when glueing PLA parts. Any brand will work: Gorilla Glue, Loctite, SuperGlue, extra-strong glue or any instant glue. I prefer it on small tubes so it won’t spoil if I don’t use it in a while.


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