PLA (Polylactide) is a bioactive-based plastic that, in addition to ABS in the FDM process, is one of the most widely used materials in 3D printing. PLA consists of 100% biogenic raw materials, e.g. renewable raw materials (sugar and corn starch), which means it is biodegradable and compostable. PLA is a deformable plastic (thermoplastic) and can be identified by a slightly shiny and scratch-resistant surface. It can also be dyed, is resistant to many chemicals and temperature resistant up to 65 degrees. PLA is mainly used in the design and architecture sector. Due to its properties, it is also allowed to be used under EU and U.S. law for food packaging, for catering equipment (for example cups, plates, cutlery), in the cosmetics sector and for toys. Medical implants which only need to remain in the body for a certain time are also made of the organic filament PLA, because the body is able to degrade it by itself.
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