PLA Filament

PLA (polylactic acid) is a widely available bio-degradable type of plastic. Its high strength and low cost make it ideal for 3D printing and is a great choice when starting out with a new 3D printer due to finished printed objects not warping as much as other materials such as ABS.

Advantages of PLA Filament

  • Can be printed on a non-heated print surface
  • Is Bio-Degradable
  • Does not generate fumes when printing
  • Smooth finish
  • Can be printed at high speed


  • Is prone to warping

Completed PLA Model

Red PLA Plastic Filament

Printers that use PLA

Here is an auto-generated list of printers that are compatible with this material. Check with the printer manufacturer for full compatibility before purchase.

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