Printed on an FDM 3D printer, PLA is a very cost-effective material for early stage prototyping for analyzing form factors and multiple iterations of a part design. It is available in a number of varieties, including transparent and metallic colors. Some stepping may be apparent due to the FDM printing process used.
PLA is Makelab’s most basic prototyping plastic, it’s great for low cost prototyping and color options. This material has your traditional 3D printed layer lines, so be sure to keep this in mind if you need anything for visuals and aesthetics. It’s a great material if you’re on a time crunch, we can turnaround PLA prints in as little as next business day!
250 × 210 × 210 mm (9.84"×8.3"×8.3")
❯ Standard - 3 business days
❯❯ Rush - 2 business days
❯❯❯ Next Day - 1 business day (No Support Removal)
❮ No Rush - 5 business days
💡 Pair Super Rush + Same-Day Delivery to receive your parts the same day they're ready.
This number determines how thin each layer is. The smaller the micron count, the thinner the layer, this results in higher surface detail and better surface finishes.
⭐⭐ Standard Quality - 200 microns
⭐⭐⭐ Detailed Quality - 100 microns
⭐ Draft Quality - 300 microns
Pro's of PLA
- Use PLA if you’re looking to prototype form and fit
- Great if you are looking to prototype quickly and inexpensively
- Not too concerned with the aesthetics of the part
- Quick printing turnaround times, we can print in as quick as next business day!
- Custom colors are easily available upon request
- Basic shapes with minimal intricate features
Con's of PLA
When to seek other material options
Quick Comparison Chart
|PLA||Standard Resin||Draft Resin|
|Ultimate Tensile Strength||38-60 MPa (orientation dependent)||65 MPa||36 MPa|
|Elongation at Break||1.9-2.9%||6.2%||7%|
|Color||Black, White, Gray, Custom Color upon request||Gray, Black, Clear, White. Custom Color upon request||Light Gray|
|Build Volume||250 x 210 x 210mm||145 x 145 x 185mm OR 335 x 200 x 300mm||335 x 200 x 300mm|
|Lead Times||1-5 business days||2-7 business days||2-7 business days|
|Selling Point||✅ Basic prototyping||✅ High surface finish visuals||✅ Inexpensive high surface finish visuals|