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3D Printing with ABS and PLA

Feb 02, 2017

ABS and PLA are the basic 3D printer filaments. Here at the Maker Place, we prefer PLA as it is a versatile material that works in nearly every scenario. We still provide ABS as there are some cool things it will do due to the chemical composition of the material.

PLA:

AKA Polylactic acid

Printing Temperature: 180C-220C (We generally print from 200C-210C).

Heated Bed Temperature: 50C-60C (50C works pretty well for us).

Printing Speeds can be anywhere between 40 – 100 mm/s (We usually use around 50-60 mm/s which gives a good quality vs time tradeoff).

PLA can be brittle, but offers a lot of strength.

ABS:

AKA Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

*Requires heated enclosure to prevent layer warping*

Printing Temperature: 230C

Heated Bed Temperature: 50C-60C

Printing Speeds: Same as PLA, really depends on the printer.

ABS has a higher temperature resistance than PLA making it a good choice for certain applications.

Example of layer warping:

ABS cracking

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