Polylactic Acid (PLA) ranks as one of the most popular materials for 3D printing, particularly FDM. Its ease of use and minimal warping issues make PLA filaments the perfect starting point for 3D printing. PLA is also one of the most environmentally-friendly 3D printing materials and, unlike ABS, is biodegradable.
What can you print PLA on?
Use a heated print bed – While PLA/PLA+ can be printed on an unheated bed, for best results we recommend and a bed temp of between 50°C – 60°C. If poor adhesion is an issue, print the first two layers ONLY with the bed at 65°C (and 60°C for every subsequent layer).
How strong is 3D printed wood?
The density of the filaments and 3D printed parts used in this study slightly decreased with increasing wood content. The tensile strength of the filaments increased from 55 MPa to 57 MPa with an addition of 10% wood, but decreased with higher levels of wood content to 30 MPa for filaments with 50% wood content.
How do you dry wood filaments?
Probably the easiest and most common way of drying filament is to use the oven. Just set the temperature to right below the glass transition temperature of the plastic, and leave it in there for four to six hours for the moisture to evaporate.
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