PLA plastic material

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PLA Material Guide

What is PLA?

PLA plastic or polylactic acid is part of the most popular 3D printing materials used for additive manufacturing. This PolyLactic Acid based polymer is a 3D printing filament. PLA material is printed using BigRep 3D printers and mainly used to manufacture big parts up to 1x1x1m.

Even if this PLA material offers the opportunity to 3D print impressive big parts, please keep in mind that you will have to respect specific design guidelines to avoid any problem during the additive manufacturing process. Be sure to check the material design guidelines while creating your 3D file and before you send it for 3D printing.

What are the possible applications for this material?

Large-scale 3D printing is the main advantage of PLA. This material offers you the possibility to print professional and industrial parts of 1m x 1m x 1m! BigRep PLA material, has good strength and stiffness, making this 3D printing material ideal for demanding industrial production. 3Dp BigRep PLA can perfectly be used to 3D print large objects for architecture or construction fields but also for marketing displays, exhibitions or signage.

This 3D printing filament is an affordable and versatile plastic. It can easily be used for prototypes, pattern making, tooling parts, or end-use parts.

We inform you that this material is not suited for applications requiring suitability with high humidity (more than 98%) or high temperatures (above 60°C).


To get your PLA parts 3D printed, please contact directly our sales team to place your order. It is not possible to order your parts on the website. 

However, the price of the design is calculated on a series of factors, including its size, its volume, and the amount of material needed to manufacture your parts. 

Our sales team will keep you updated regarding the price and the shipping time of your parts.

How does FDM 3D printing technology work?

BigRep PLA parts are 3D printed using a traditional FDM 3D printing process. Even if BigRep printers are impressive and big machines, the FDM printing process stays the same. During the FDM 3D printing process, the filament is extruded through a nozzle which melts while being gradually deposited in a structured way on the build platform until the object is finished. 

Colors and Finishings available PLA

Your PLA parts can take on a variety of colors with many color options available according to your project specifications. We are also offering Chemical Smoothing and painting options, please contact us to discuss your color and finishing options to your 3D printed PLA parts. 

      Maximum size

         1 x 1 x 1 m

      The maximum size of your models are limited by the physical size of our 3D printers – nothing can be printed larger than the printer bed.

      Filament Sizes:2.3, 4.5, and 8.0 kg
      Diameter:2.85 mm
      Density:1.24 g/cm³
      Flexural Modulus (ISO 178):3800 MPa
      Tensile Strength (ISO 527):60 MPa
      Impact Strength Notched:7.5 kJ/m²
      Heat Resistance HDT / B (ISO 75):40 °C
      Hardness (Shore):D 60

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