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PLA and HTPLA are great for many applications, just exactly as they're printed! But once they're stored above 50C, they start to break down. Luckily, the HT is for Heat Treat! Or is it High Temp? Either way, it spells a huge improvement (up to three times) to the part's thermal stability!
Simply place your printed part in your oven for a few minutes (larger parts will need longer times) at 100 - 120C (200 - 250F), and the material will crystallize and become much stiffer. Keep in mind this may warp some architectures of printed parts, so experimentation is required. Best results are with flat and/or supported parts with 100% infill.
HTPLA could be the solution to your printing needs!
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:
Have a question about this MatterHackers Proto-Pasta Candy Apple Red Metallic HTPLA - 3.00mm (0.5kg)? Looking for a recommendation? No problem. Feel free to contact us.