PLA Plastic

PLA is the most common and lowest cost 3D printing material. Unsuitable for high temperature applications. PLA is more brittle than ABS with a lower impact strength and elongation before break. Large color selection.

Manufacturing Infomation

Pricing: £0.20/cm3
Minimum Cost:£10
Lead Time: 2 day
Max Print Size(mm):
1000 x 1000 x 1000
Min Print Size(mm):
5 x 5 x 5
Layer Heights(mm):
0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, 0.3
Dimensional Accuracy:
±0.2% (with a lower limit of ±0.2 mm)
Smooth: 3/5
Detail: 3/5
Accuracy: 3/5
Rigidity: 4/5
Flexibility: 3/5


Suitable for:

  • Cases, holders, adapters
  • Large models
  • Low-cost prototype
  • Not Suitable for:

  • Functional prototypes and end products
  • Complex designs with intricate details,
  • Fine-detail models with smooth surfaces
  • Moving and assembled parts
  • Cavities within design
  • Functional prototyping and testing
  • Colours Available

    Flu Green
    Yellow and more

    Colours Post Process


    Additional Info

    The printing process creates visible stepping between layers. Support structures are generated to scaffold overhangs, which are manualay removed after printing. The stepping and support structures create a coarse and sometimes rough surface. This is a great material to use for prototyping and perfecting your final design.

    The printing process uses a 0.4 mm diameter nozzle, 1.75 mm diameter filament, 0.2 mm layer height and 10% infill.


    Additive Manufacturing

    Design Rules

    Min Supported Wall Thickness:1mm A supported wall is one connected to other walls on two or more sides.
    Min Unsupported Wall Thickness: 1mm An unsupported wall is one connected to other walls on less than two sides.
    Min Supported Wires:2mm A wire is a feature whose length is greater than five times its width. A supported wire is connected to walls on both sides.
    Min Unsupported Wires:2mm A wire is a feature whose length is greater than five times its width. An unsupported wire is connected to walls on less than two sides.
    Min Embossed Detail: 0.6mm A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width.
    The minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution.When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them. Details that are too small can also be smoothed over in the polishing process.

    To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may refrain from printing products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, removing them, or considering a material with finer detail.
    Min Engraved Detail:0.6mm A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Engraved or debossed details go into a surface.
    Min Escape Holes:0mm
    Min Clearance:0.5mm Clearance is the space between any two parts, walls or wires. To ensure a successful product, make the clearance between parts, walls, and wires greater than the indicated minimum. If your clearance is too small, try making the gap bigger, or consider fusing the parts or features if their independence is unnecessary. You can also try a material with a smaller minimum clearance.
    Interlocking/moving or enclosed parts?No Sometimes the interlocking/moving parts can't be printed, since the supports inside the cross section can't be removed.
    Require Support Material?Yes Because each layer needs to build off the last, for some material, angles of more than 45 degrees generally require supports to be printed along with the design. Supports are not inherently detrimental for your design, but they do add complexity to the printing process and lead to less smooth finish on overhanging parts.

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