what is pla?
PLA, or Polyactic Acid, is a commonly used thermoplastic material that does not require the use of a heated print bed. Blending a mixture of plant-based materials and polymers creates Hatchbox 3D Printer's PLA, making this material more earth-friendly. Because of the lower melting temperature and lack of warping, PLA filaments retain their color vibrancy and are a common choice for displays or small household prints.
how is it made
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origin of pla
PLA was discovered in the 1920s by Wallace Carothers, who also invented nylon. He had been working for DuPont in an attempt to find an environmentally friendly plastic. However, commercial use of PLA was too costly. It wasn't until 1989 when Dr. Patrick R. Gruber, with his wife Sally, discovered how to create PLA from corn on his stove at home which helped to reduce the costs of manufacturing PLA.