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Choosing Between PLA and ABS: Which one is better?

Choosing Between PLA and ABS: Which one is better?

Written by David

March 20, 2019

Desktop 3D printing using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology has evolved rapidly in the past several years. Nowadays, we have printers with advanced retraction abilities, two-zone heating, and improved positional accuracy.

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Filament choices have similarly expanded to include highly innovative and creative options such as glow-in-the-dark, conductive, or wooden filaments.

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Despite the wide range of available filaments, there are still two that remain at the top in terms of popularity and use: PLA and ABS.

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What makes these two filaments so popular? Given a choice between the two, which one should you pick?

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These are the questions we’re going to answer in this article. What is PLA? PLA stands for polylactic acid , a biodegradable polyester with building blocks made of lactic acid. PLA was first made way back in 1932 when Carothers heated a lactic acid under vacuum conditions while removing the water that was a product of […]

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