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Filament Guide| Double Check Guide before You Purchase PLA

The wide application of PLA in FDM 3D printing brings out diversities of PLA filaments with uncountable colors and even endless flavors. This article will be the briefest introduction on 5 types of PLA filament.
 
Metal Filled PLA Filament
Metal PLA is formulated with standard PLA filament and certain portion of metal. The presence of metal powder makes the printing filament with higher stiffness, which means the final prints are going to be more brittle. When printing with metal filled PLA, it is recommend using a wear resistant print nozzle to resistant the abrasive printing material.
 
Requirements:
Hotbed temperature: 45-60 °C
Extruder Temperature: 190-220 °C
Part Cooling Fan: Required
 
Carbon Fiber PLA Filament
Carbon Fiber PLA Filament is made from PLA and carbon fibers. The properties of carbon fiber, such as high stiffness and strength, low thermal expansion, and temperature resistance, make carbon fiber PLA filament a stronger and more stable 3D printing material. The common components can be infused into carbon fiber including PLA, PETG, Nylon, ABS, and Polycarbonate. Owing to the mixed fibers, this special filament is prone to cause nozzle blockage.
 
Requirements:
Hotbed temperature: 45-60 °C
Extruder Temperature: 200-230 °C
Wear Resistant Hardened Steel Nozzle
Part Cooling Fan: Required
 
Wood Filled PLA Filament
Wood filled PLA filament is made from base material PLA and cork, wood dust, and other wooden power, thus making final prints appear with a real wooden look. Considering the wooden particles are soft, this special filament is less abrasive but can’t maintain suction during printing process, thus causing stringing effect. The wood powders generate pleasant fragrance while printing.
 
Requirements:
Hotbed temperature: 45-60 °C
Extruder Temperature: 190-220 °C
Part Cooling Fan: Required
 
Nylon Filled PLA Filament
Nylon filled PLA filament is made from mixed material PLA and nylon. Thanks to the chemical properties of nylon, the special filament is quite tough, flexible, and durable. Nylon is of great adhesion which adds another highlight of cleaning the printer nozzle. The only drawback of nylon filled PLA filament is they are hygroscopic, which means they easily absorb moisture from the surrounding environment.
 
Requirements:
Hotbed temperature: 70-90 °C
Extruder Temperature: 225-265 °C
Part Cooling Fan: Not Required
 
Glow-In-The-Dark
The glow-in-the-dark filament contains highly concentrated phosphorescent pigments to allow this material to charge during the daytime and glow magnificently in the dark. It not only combines characteristics of common PLA material, but also has better hardness and toughness.
 
Requirements:
Hotbed temperature: 45-60 °C
Extruder Temperature: 200-230 °C
Part Cooling Fan: Not Required
 
How to Store PLA filament
Although PLA filaments have a longer shelf life, moisture eventually penetrates into the material, which in turn can negatively affect prints. Therefore, we recommend storing it in a dry and neat place. Once water absorption occurs, you will face increased brittleness, increased diameter, filaments blistering, filaments degrading or easily broken filaments. To prevent this, PLA filaments should be stored in sealed containers or special boxes.