PLA is perhaps the most popular material when it comes to 3D printing. It has several in demand applications and almost all FDM 3D printers nowadays can print with PLA. Read further to learn about how you can use this thermoplastic, how to set up your ZMorph 3D printer, and what are the mechanical properties.

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What does PLA Stand For?

PLA stands for polylactic acid or polylactide. It’s a common thermoplastic that is easy to print, biodegradable, and emits low-toxic fumes. Is inexpensive and recommended for inexperienced users because of its printability and vast applications.

How to Print with PLA?

In this section you will learn how to set up ZMorph Multitool 3D Printer and Voxelizer to 3D print with PLA filament. Don’t worry if it’s your first time, we will guide you the best way we can.

3D printing with ZMorph VX.

Voxelizer Settings

If you’re 3D printing with PLA ZMorph 1.75 filament, you practically don’t have to do anything as we’ve prepared presets for you beforehand. Simply go to printing settings and from the list of filaments choose PLA ZMorph. If you don’t see the preset on the list, click on the “Open filament library wizard” icon and add settings of your preference (works only if you’re connected to the internet).

PLA preset in Voxelizer.

The rest of the settings depends on your model and 3D printing preferences. If you’re not sure about them, visit the ZMorph Academy (it’s free!).

Adhesion

Use an adhesion glue (i.e. Dimafix) and default Voxelizer settings for optimal adhesion.

PLA Printing & Bed Temperature

When 3D printing with PLA, your extruder should be heated to 200-230 °C. This way the material will melt and slowly flow through the nozzle.

The bed temperature should be set to 60 °C for the best adhesion. Remember to put some adhesion glue before heating up the worktable and starting 3D printing.

Models 3D printed from PLA.

Other printer settings

While 3D printing with PLA, you don’t have to close the plastic covers. PLA 3D printing results are best when the machine is working with open chamber and with the attached fan.

The machine will always remind you about the fan add-on. This information is included in G-codes generated with Voxelizer and in ZMorph VX firmware.

Voxelizer reminder about using fan.

For most models 100% printing speed should be accurate, but you should consider slowing down while 3D printing complex models from PLA filament.

PLA Applications

PLA filaments have a wide spectrum of applications. You can use it in rapid prototyping, for making 3D printed showcase models, or educational purposes. PLA is also commonly used for architectural models, containers, molds, and consumer goods.