PLA

David Nguyen, Mechanical Engineering Lead
PLA is a universal and widely used material in FDM 3D printing due to its ease of use and eco-friendliness. It is commonly used for educational purposes to create prototypes. Its biodegradability makes it suitable for the production of disposable items such as food packaging and utensils. PLA is often used for the manufacture of decorative items, figurines, and architectural models, due to its bright colors and smooth surface.
Rosen Mechanical Engineering Lead at 3DHR
Material type
Plastic
Material name

PLA

Process compatibility
FDM
Mechanical properties
Ultimate tensile strength
47 – 65 MPa
Yield strength
45 – 69 MPa
Young’s modulus (modulus of elasticity)
2.35 – 2.7 GPa
Elongation at break
2 – 8 %
Maximum service temperature
60°C
Common applications
Prototyping
Non-functional models
Decorative items
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