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This is a Maker Material - Only available to the model owner. Keep in mind that we may adjust the guidelines and pricing as we learn more about this material.

Price $7.50 per part
$0.40 per cm3
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Design Guidelines for PLA

The rules to follow in order to create successful products in PLA. Read more on model checks
Max bounding box 285 × 150 × 155 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must fit within these dimensions.

For PLA, the maximum bounding box is determined by the size of the printer we use to create your product.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box fits within our maximum limit. If it does not, you can try scaling it down, removing unnecessary features to reduce the bounding box, or considering another material with a bigger maximum bounding box.

Min bounding box 2 × 2 × 2 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must be bigger than these dimensions.

For PLA, the minimum bounding box is determined by the printer's ability to successfully print very tiny products.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box of your product is larger than our minimum. If it is not, you can try scaling it up, thickening, combining, or enlarging parts and features, or trying a material with a smaller minimum bounding box.

Min supported wall thickness 1.0 mm thick

A supported wall is one connected to other walls on two or more sides.

For PLA, the minimum thickness is determined by our ability to successfully print your model and break away support material. Features that are too thin often break when the model is removed from the build platform or when support material is removed.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure supported walls are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wall requirement.

Min unsupported wall thickness 1.0 mm thick

An unsupported wall is one connected to other walls on less than two sides.

For PLA, the minimum thickness is determined by our ability to successfully print your model and break away support material. Features that are too thin often break when the model is removed from the build platform or when support material is removed.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure unsupported walls are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, adding supports, or consider a material with a thinner minimum unsupported wall requirement.

Min supported wires 2.0 mm thick

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. A supported wire is connected to walls on both sides.

For PLA, the minimum supported wire is determined by our ability to successfully print your model and break away support material. Features that are too thin often break when the model is removed from the build platform or when support material is removed.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure supported wires are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wire requirement.

Min unsupported wires 2.0 mm thick

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. An unsupported wire is connected to walls on less than two sides.

For PLA, the minimum unsupported wire is determined by our ability to successfully print your model and break away support material. Features that are too thin often break when the model is removed from the build platform or when support material is removed.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure unsupported wires are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wire requirement.

Min embossed detail 0.6 mm high & wide
3.00 mm high for readable text

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Embossed details stick out from a surface.

For PLA, 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.

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 physical product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger or removing them.

Min engraved detail 0.6 mm high & wide
3.00 mm high for readable text

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Engraved or debossed details go into a surface.

For PLA, 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.

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, or removing them.

Clearance 0.5 mm clearance

Clearance is the space between any two walls, wires, or separate parts.

PLA is printed by extruding plastic along a defined path. When the clearance between parts is too small, the extruded plastic can fuse together the separate bodies. Additionally, support structures are often need to hold your model and if there the clearonce is too small, we will not be able to remove these supports.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make the clearance between parts, walls, and wires is 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.

Interlocking and enclosed parts? No.
Multiple parts per model file? Yes.
Accuracy ± 0.5 mm

More On Designing for PLA

Material Traits

Polylactide, or PLA, is a popular plant-based thermoplastic material used in Fused Deposition Modeling 3D printing. It is a both light and strong. Due to the printing process, stepping is visible and creates a coarse surface finish. We recommend using PLA to prototype in order to test the size, functionality and aesthetics of your final product.

Some surfaces may show imperfections

Support structures may be required to reinforce overhangs and other complex features. These support structures are then removed during post-processing. Surfaces which require support structures can be rough or show small imperfections due to the removal process. The production planners do their best to orient your models optimally to minimize the amount of support structures needed. It can be helpful to understand that the more overhangs and complex features in you model, the more support structures you will generally need.

Design tips
In general, minimum wall varies based on features

The more stress is put on your object, the thicker it has to be. While the minimum wall is 1.0 mm, this does not mean all parts of your structure will be strong enough at those thicknesses. For most designs, we recommend designing thicker walls than 1.0 mm. Wires that support objects (like trees or lollipops), for instance, need to be thickened so they don't snap.

Support Structures

Areas where support structures are needed must be accessible with tools. To ensure that all support structures can be removed without damaging the model, do not create complex details in inaccessible areas. The amount of necessary support can only be seen in the data preparation process and varies from part to part. In general, try to design overhangs to be steeper than 45 degrees from the horizontal to get the best surface finish on your parts!

Design bridges less than 1.5 inches apart

Bridging is a horizontal connection between two posts. Bridges less than 1.5 inches can avoid supports and come out looking great!

Material Info

Look and feel

PLA is offered in four colors: black, white, gray and orange. 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.

How it's 3D printed

Printed using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology, the process uses an extrusion technique to deposit molten plastic onto build platform layer by layer. Plastic filament is fed through a nozzle which heats up the plastic to a semi-liquid state. This is then deposited along a defined extrusion path on top of a heated build platform. This process is repeated for each layer of your model. As each layer is deposited on top of the preceding layer, the plastic solidifies as it cools. Support structures are generated on overhangs to scaffold your model and prevent warping. These are then removed after the build. Due to the layer by layer process, a staircase effect will be visible on your models.

Technical documents
Disclaimer:
Please note that the 3D printed products are intended for decorative purposes. They are not suited to be used as toys or to be given to underage children. The products should not come into contact with electricity and be kept away from heat. Our materials, except for Porcelain, are not food safe.
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