Polylactic Acid

Category: PLA

Material Information

Name: Polylactic Acid
Source: Airwolf 3D Printing

PLA is a more environmentally friendly than other materials. It is is biodegradable, derived from plants, BPA-free, and contains no phthalates or heavy metals. Polylactic Acid, commonly known as PLA, is one of the most popular materials used.

  • Technical Data Sheet (TDS)
  • Airwolf 3D Printing Guide
  • Printer Compatibility:


    Purchase Options

    Company Available Colors
    Airwolf3D.com Buy Now Black, Blue, Green, Natural, Orange, Red, Silver, White, Yellow

    Recommended Support Materials

    Mechanical Properties

    Property Standard Value Unit
    Ultimate Tensile Strength ISO 527 64.4 MPa
    Elongation at Break ISO 527 15.3 %
    Flexural Strength ISO 178 85 MPa
    Flexural Modulus ISO 178 3100 MPa

    Thermal Properties

    Property Standard Value Unit
    Glass Transition Temp DSC 58 °C

    Physical Properties

    Property Standard Value Unit
    Density ISO 1183 1.24 g/cm³

    Print Settings

    Subject Airwolf
    Extruder Temperature
    • 206°C
    Bed Temperature
    • 60°C
    Bed Preparation
    • WolfBite Nano
    Cooling Fan
    • Yes
    Closed Chamber
    • Yes
    Heated Chamber
    • Optional

    Material Management

    Subject Airwolf
    Recommended Support Material
    • Hydrofill
    • Keep filament in containers that are tightly closed, in a dry, cool and well-ventilated place.
    Compatible Materials
    • PC
    • ABS
    • PC-ABS

    Slicer Settings

    Parameter APEX
    Material Profile Name PLA, PLA Dual Color, PLA with Hydrofill, ABS with PLA, PCABS with PLA, PC with PLA
    Layer Height 0.18
    Nozzle Diameter 0.5 mm
    Loops 0.6
    Skin 1.08
    Infill 42 %

    General Comments


    • Can be printed on a cold surface -works on heated or unheated beds.
    • Shiny and smooth appearance compared to ABS
    • No harmful fumes during printing
    • Comes in a variety of colors and blends


    • 3D printing in schools
    • Prototypes with short shelf life
    • Toys and promotional items
    • “Lost Wax” Molds from 3D printed parts


    • Low heat resistance
    • Can ooze and may need cooling fans
    • Filament can get brittle and break
    • Not suitable for outdoors (sunlight exposure)

    Printing Skill & Experience - Beginner

    • Easiest material to print prototypes; no enclosure needed.