Economical Thermoplastic

PLA is a renewable plastic material offered as a low-cost material option for fast-draft part iterations.

Quick, economical design concepts available in 11 colour options, including transparent. Available on the office-friendly Stratasys F123™ Series 3D printers, PLA offers a higher stiffness than ABS and its low melting point and HDT mean less heat and power required to print parts.

PLA works well at high speeds, specifically fast-draft mode on the Stratasys F123 Series, for quick concept verification and design development.

PLA Material Properties

Behaviour and use

TENSILE STRENGTH

45 MPa (XZ Axis)
26 MPa (ZX Axis)

FLEXURAL STRENGTH

84 MPa (XZ Axis)
45 MPa (ZX Axis)

HDT

53°C

IZOD IMPACT, NOTCHED

27 J/m

Main Uses

PLA model material is ideal for quick concept and verification models with good tensile strength. This value-priced material is user-friendly and ideal for classroom environments and made from renewable resources.

Top Applications
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Education
  • Sales and Marketing

PLA Printing with a Stratasys F123

Learn more about 3D printing PLA parts

Take a closer look at printing in PLA with a Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printer. PLA gives you the speed of fast-draft mode while keeping material expenses down. Spend less, create more.

The Stratasys F123 series  provides up to four different Fused Deposition Modeling materials (PLA, ABS-M30, ASA, PC-ABS) along with easy-to-remove soluble support material.

FDM Material Applications

Learn how designers and engineers are using FDM Materials

PLA Specification & Features

MECHANICAL
PROPERTIES
TEST
METHOD
ENGLISH METRIC
XZ AXIS ZX AXIS XZ axis ZX axis
Tensile Strength, Yield
(Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)
ASTM D638 6,580 psi 3,790 psi 45 MPa 26 MPa
Tensile Strength, Ultimate
(Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)
ASTM D638 6,990 psi 3,830 psi 48 MPa 26 MPa
Tensile Modulus
(Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)
ASTM D638 440,730 psi 368,200 psi 3,039 MPa 2,539 MPa
Elongation at Break
(Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)
ASTM D638 2.5% 1.0% 2.5% 1.0%
Elongation at Yield
(Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)
ASTM D638 1.5% 1.0% 1.5% 1.0%
Flexural Strength
(Method 1, 0.05”/min)
ASTM D790 12,190 psi 6,570 psi 84 MPa 45 MPa
Flexural Modulus
(Method 1, 0.05”/min)
ASTM D790 425,010 psi 358,290 psi 2,930 MPa 2,470 MPa
Flexural Strain at Break ASTM D790 4.1% 1.9% 4.1% 1.9%
IZOD impact - notched
(Method A, 23 °C)
ASTM D256 0.5 ft-lb/in N/A 27 J/m N/A
IZOD impact - unnotched
(Method A, 23 °C)
ASTM D256 3.6 ft-lb/in N/A 192 J/m N/A

 

THERMAL PROPERTIES TEST METHOD ENGLISH METRIC
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi ASTM D648 127 °F 53 °C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi ASTM D648 124 °F 51 °C
Vicat Softening Temperature (Rate B/50) ASTM D1525 129 °F 54 °C
Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) DMA (SSYS) 145 °F 63 °C
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (flow) ASTM E831 56x10 μin/(in∙°F) 101x10 µm/(m∙°C)
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (xflow) ASTM E831 57x10 µin/(in∙°F) 102x10 µm/(m∙°C)

 

ELECTRICAL
PROPERTIES
TEST
METHOD
VALUE
XY ZX
Volume Resistivity ASTM D257 2.9E+15 ohm-cm 3.24E+15 ohm-cm
Dielectric Constant ASTM D150-98 1.51 2.33
Dissipation Factor ASTM D150-98 0.003 0.005
Dielectric Strength ASTM D149-09, Method A 154 V/mil 293 V/mil

 

OTHER TEST METHOD VALUE
Specific Gravity ASTM D792 1.264 g/cc

 

SYSTEM
AVAILABILITY
LAYER THICKNESS
CAPABILITY
SUPPORT
STRUCTURE
AVAILABLE
COLOURS
F123 Series 0.010 in. (0.254 mm) Breakaway Black
White
Light Gray
Medium Gray
Red
Blue
Natural Trans
Red Trans
Blue Trans
Yellow Trans
Green Trans

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology

Advantages of 3D printing PLA with a Stratasys FDM Machine

Tough long-lasting parts

FDM technology works with engineering-grade thermoplastics to build strong, long-lasting and dimensionally stable parts with the best accuracy and repeatability of any 3D printing technology. PLA parts are tough enough to be used as advanced conceptual models, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and production parts.

Meet production demands

FDM systems are as versatile and durable as the parts they produce. Advanced FDM 3D Printers boast the largest build envelopes and material capacities in their class, delivering longer, uninterrupted build times, bigger parts and higher quantities than other additive manufacturing systems, delivering high throughput, duty cycles and utilization rates.

Gain new possibilities

FDM 3D Printers streamline processes from design through manufacturing, reducing costs and eliminating traditional barriers along the way. Industries can cut lead times and costs, products turn out better and get to market faster.

Compatible 3D Printers

Stratasys Machines that can print with PLA material

Stratasys F123 Polyjet

Stratasys F123

The Stratasys F123 series combines powerful FDM technology with design to print GrabCAD software for the most versatile and intelligent solution available

Need to 3D print with PLA?

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