PROTOTYPING PLASTIC

pla

A very cost-effective material for early stage prototyping for analyzing form factors and multiple iterations of a part design. It is available in a number of varieties, including transparent and metallic colors. Some stepping may be apparent due to the FDM printing process used. 

USES
Household items
Form analysis
End-use products

 

material strengths


  • 100%

    Hardness

  • 100%

    Brittleness

  • 100%

    Sandable

  • 100%

    Elasticity

  • 100%

    Impact

  • 100%

    Tensile

color options


Basics

Transparent

Metallic

Specialty

 

DESIGN GUIDELINES


MAX BUILD VOLUME

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195 mm x 245 mm x 195 mm

Our specified build volumes are the largest that we are able to print for each material.

minimum hole diameteR

1 mm

A hole smaller in diameter than the specified minimum may appear closed after printing.

minimum wall thicknesS

2 mm

A model's wall thickness must be thick enough to support the model. If it is not, warping may occur. A wall that is too thin may cause a model to break.

minimum clearancE

0.5 mm

Interlocking parts are able to be printed all at once in a single print. In order for this to work, a minimum clearance must be met for the parts to come loose and work as intended.

Minimum embossed/engraved detaiL

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3 mm

For engraved or embossed details, a specified minimum size must be kept in order to maintain readability.

vertical wire diameteR

2 mm

With a tall vertical wire, warping may occur during the printing process, therefore creating an erroneous print.

horizontal bridge max lengtH

37 mm

This is the length at which an unsupported span of material can be created without utilizing supports.

Minimum angle unsupported overhanG

65 Degrees

This is the angle at which the overhang sticks out. Any angle less than the specificed minimum angle must utilize supports.