colorFabb LW-PLA Yellow
Unique, foaming light-weight PLA in yellow
(£39.99 / kg, Price shown includes 20% VAT. - Excludes delivery costs)
Features & Advantages
- Foam technology
- Weight reduction
- Matt surface
Item no.: CF-8720039152595, Content: 750 g, EAN: 8720039152595
Product information & technical details
|Diameter:||1,75 mm, 2,85 mm|
|Product types:||PLA Filaments|
|Product Type Google Base:||Filament|
|Net weight:||750 g|
|Recommended processing temperature:||195-260 ° C|
|Recommended heating temperature:||50 - 60 ° C|
3D printing of light-weight PLA parts
LW-PLA is the first filament of its kind to use active foam technology to create lightweight, low-density PLA parts. At around 230 ° C, the material begins to foam and increases its volume by almost three times.
Users can reduce material flow by 65% to achieve lighter parts, or use the expansion properties to effectively reduce printing time by using large layer heights or extra-thick perimeters.
Active foam technology, how does it work?
The most important input variables for controlling the expansion are speed, temperature and flow. This allows users to vary the density of the material for different parts of the model.
ColorFabb uses the following 4 step process to determine the maximum expansion at a given speed, temperature and flow.
- Print a cube at a set speed at temperatures between 200 ° C and 280 ° C
- Measure the circumferential thickness of each cube and record the temperature with the greatest expansion.
- Print cubes with decreasing flow steps at the temperature specified in step 2.
- Find the cube where the circumferential thickness equals the nozzle size.
Up to 65% weight reduction
The nature of the material allows users to reduce flow while still printing dimensionally accurate models and achieving a 65% weight reduction compared to traditional PLA.
Decreasing flow means less filament. This means that two to three times as many parts can be printed with LW-PLA as with a normal PLA spool.
Excellent surface quality
LW-PLA prints with a fantastic matt surface and is very easy to post-process.
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