Who invented PLA filament?

PLA was created in the 1930s by the American chemist Wallace Carothers, most recognised for the development of nylon and neoprene in the chemical company DuPont.

When was PLA first used?

PLA was discovered in the 1920s by Wallace Carothers, who also invented nylon.

What is PLA replacing?

The development of higher heat-resistant and high-impact PLA allows it to be used as a renewable replacement for PS and PP in high-heat thermoformable applications, such as microwaveable frozen food trays, hot food take-out containers and hot beverage cups lids.

Is PLA edible?

No, our products are not edible. They are FDA approved for food contact, but are not considered edible/digestible. Even though many of our products are derived from plants, they are plastic and should not be eaten.

What does PLA degrade into?

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a biocompatible polymer that is used widely for biomedical applications. PLA biodegrades into lactic acid (LA) or to carbon dioxide and water. PLA degradation products are metabolized intracellularly or excreted in the urine and breath.

What does PLA stand for?

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a type of plastic that is used in building models and prototypes of solid objects and components. It is a thermoplastic polyester that serves as the raw material in 3-D printing or additive manufacturing processes and applications. Polylactic acid is also known as polylactide acid.

Can PLA be recycled?

In addition to being recyclable, PLA 3D printer filaments are also biodegradable. Since PLA is made from plant-based materials derived from crops like corn, it is eventually broken down by microorganisms into carbon emissions.

Why is PLA not widely used?

PGA and its combination with PLA have been widely studied in bio-medical applications, but not been well developed at large scales due to its relatively high production cost.

Does PLA biodegrade in soil?

PLA requires a lower crystalline material and by adding a blend of material for it to somewhat mineralize(not biodegrade) in soil environments. Moreover, this study shows limited results even at elevated temperatures of 20-30% mineralization of the material mixed with various other biopolymers.

Is PLA expensive to make?

The production process for PLA is expensive because of the number of intermediary steps, which Dusselier’s team says it has eliminated. In traditional PLA production lactic acid is fed into a reactor and converted into a type of pre-plastic, low quality, material under high temperature and in a vacuum.

Is PLA cheaper than plastic?

Although its price has been falling, PLA is still more expensive than most petroleum-derived commodity plastics, but now a team of researchers has succeeded in simplifying the production of PLA and making the process much cheaper, meaning we could soon see PLA used in a much wider variety of applications.

Is PLA plastic vegan?

Despite being compostable within just 90 days in a commercial facility, PLA shouldn’t be left exposed to animals. For PLA to be truly vegan-friendly, it should be processed after use at a dedicated facility and kept away from plant and animal life.

Is PLA better than plastic?

Environmental advantages of PLA – The manufacturing process for PLA is also more environmentally friendly than that of traditional plastics made from finite fossil resources. According to research, the carbon emissions associated with PLA production are 80% lower than that of traditional plastic (source).

Is PLA flammable?

PLA has become a commodity polymer with wide applications in a number of fields. However, its high flammability with the tendency to flow in fire has limited its viability as a perfect replacement for the petrochemically-engineered plastics.

What is PLA filament made from?

PLA, also known as polylactic acid, or polyactide is obtained from renewable and natural raw materials such as corn. The starch (glucose) is extracted from the plants and converted into dextrose by the addition of enzymes.

How is PLA created?

How is it Made? PLA is a type of polyester made from fermented plant starch from corn, cassava, maize, sugarcane or sugar beet pulp. The sugar in these renewable materials are fermented and turned into lactic acid, when is then made into polylactic acid, or PLA.

Does PLA biodegrade in the ocean?

PLA biodegrades according to ASTM standards under industrial compost conditions but not in marine water.

What is the strongest filament?

Polycarbonate. According to multiple manufacturers and reviewers, polycarbonate (PC) is considered the strongest consumer filament out there. PC can yield extremely high-strength parts when printed correctly with an all-metal hot end and an enclosure.

Is PLA 100% biodegradable?

PLA is 100% biosourced and biodegradable, one of the first renewable polymers to compete with traditional polymers in terms of performance and environmental impact!

Why is PLA good for 3D printing?

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. Among other PLA advantages are also its low cost and a wide assortment of colours and blends.

Is PLA still plastic?

In the end, it’s important to remember that PLA is still a plastic material and all plastics, including bioplastics that originally came from plants, don’t biodegrade easily. There is, however, a way to speed this up: specialized, industrial-grade facilities.


Corn is used for PLA in the US because it is one of the most widely grown and cost-effective crops. The vast majority of corn grown in the US is genetically modified. For this reason, the PLA we use in our products is derived from a mix of GMO and non-GMO corn.

Why is PLA biodegradable?

WHAT IS PLA? PLA is a polymer created through the fermentation of cornstarch, sugarcane, or sugarbeets. This process of fermentation produces lactic acid monomers which, when combined, make PLA. PLA is often marketed as the biodegradable and compostable alternative to petroleum-based plastics.


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