PRO Series Tough PLA is engineered for strength and durability while taking advantage of the reliability and ease-of-use that PLA is known for - it's a powerful alternative to ABS. Perfected by the team at MatterHackers and made in the USA, PRO Series Tough PLA can't be beat for functional prototyping. Boasting a higher impact strength than standard PLA and a heat tolerance comparable to that of ABS, PRO Series Tough PLA is manufactured to ensure that your 3D prints perform as well as they look.
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MatterHackers PRO Series filament is all about quality. When the performance of a 3D printed component is the ultimate goal, you need to know you’re printing with a material you can trust. MatterHackers’ PRO Series filament is meticulously refined and continuously tested to provide optimal results for every application. That’s why our material experts have developed a range of responsive high-performance thermoplastics that maintain reliability through your process of rough prototyping to sophisticated, end-use designs. No matter your end goal, PRO Series filament delivers your parts exactly as you intended them.
PRO Series Tough PLA 3D printing filament is engineered to outperform standard PLA in every way. PRO Series Tough PLA consistently demonstrates a higher level of detail in 3D prints, exceptional first layer adhesion, improved adhesion between layers, and an overall reduction in warping, curling, and failed 3D prints. PRO Series Tough PLA is made using Ingeo PLA 3D870, creating the perfect material for engineers who create product-ready 3D printed parts on any scale.
With little to no warping or delamination, Tough PLA is more impact-resistant than standard PLA, and even has higher stiffness when compared to ABS, making it a great choice for tooling and manufacturing aids. Tough PLA is optimized to work with PVA support material to create highly detailed parts with complex geometries. Model-making and printing large, functional parts has never been easier. Do not hesitate to print large or complex parts - Tough PLA is optimized for reliability when printing large scale parts without any enclosures or setting adjustments. Complex geometries for functional parts have never been easier because Tough PLA is compatible with water-soluble PVA support material.
PRO Series Tough PLA is optimized for reliability when printing large scale parts without any enclosures or setting adjustments. Complex geometries for functional parts have never been easier because Tough PLA is compatible with water-soluble PVA support material.
PRO Series Tough PLA started as a basic PLA material. We then added Ingeo PLA 3D870 and engineered in advanced properties with the goal of creating functional and durable end-use 3D printed parts. The results were stunning - a fully functional PLA that's just as easy to print with as regular PLA, but with the strength properties of ABS: Higher impact resistance and heat resistance.
If you've been struggling with issues that can come when 3D printing with ABS (temperature inconsistency, warping, poor layer adhesion), go back to the basics and start printing with PRO Series Tough PLA. Just like regular PLA, Tough PLA is easy to use - with little to no warping or delamination, successful printing is guaranteed - no matter how large or small the project.
This advanced PLA is perfect for designers or engineers that need to produce prototypes quickly and efficiently. Anyone can now use the reliability of PRO Series Tough PLA to ensure that their functional prints turn out just the way they are intended.
PRO Series Tough PLA's advanced properties provide the ultimate experience for machining, tooling, and tapping. It's a versatile material that can be used in many settings, including creating custom jigs and fixtures. Don't hesitate to use Tough PLA for projects that require tapped threads and bolts - it can even be sanded and finished just as easily as regular PLA for presentation-ready parts.
While Tough PLA is already much stronger compared to regular PLA right off the printer, maximum strength and heat resistance can be achieved through the post-print annealing procedure. The easiest way to achieve this is by placing your print on a cookie sheet or other oven-safe surface and putting it in a conventional oven at a temperature range of 176-266°F (80-130°C) for 30-60 minutes. After this process is complete, carefully remove the print from the oven and allow it to cool back to room temperature.
PRO Series Tough PLA prints that have been annealed will demonstrate over 4 times the impact strength of standard PLA!
With PRO Series materials, you know you’re getting the most accurate filament diameter and ovality available. Having a consistent diameter of 3D printing filament is very important - it directly impacts the print quality of your designs. The slicing engine calculates the volume of filament that will be deposited on each layer. The critical value that is input into the slicing engine for that volume is the diameter of the material (either 1.75mm or 2.85mm). Therefore, any variation in that diameter can cause the print to over or under extrude. In terms of raw materials - the filament diameter is one that requires a high level of confidence that you KNOW what you’re using.
Since we know diameter matters, we obsess over ensuring that PRO Series materials are on the mark so you can create perfectly printed parts. MatterHackers uses two and three-axis laser systems to measure and maintain the accuracy of the filament diameter at 40 hertz (40 times per second) - that way we know the filament diameter is consistent and within our 0.02mm diameter tolerance guarantee. Not only that, but the data for each production run is recorded and stored so we have traceability on all PRO Series materials to establish further confidence in each batch we produce.
Rest assured knowing that MatterHackers controls and actively analyzes the compounding and coloration of each filament batch, ensuring that your projects are the same from spool to spool. Color continuity between batches is controlled and confirmed with a color-analyzing spectrometer running in line during filament production. Your PRO Series filament will always be the same color PRO Series filament.
Put simply, MatterHackers is the smart place to shop for all things 3D printing and digital manufacturing. The MatterHackers pros are here to partner with you through every step of your journey turning idea into reality and here are just a few of the perks you’ll receive as a customer:
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