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ABS vs. PLA Filament for a 3D Printing Pen

June 19, 2017

ABS vs. PLA Filament for a 3D Printing Pen

Both ABS and PLA filament are suitable for use in the MYNT3D professional 3D printing pen.

But before you start your next 3D pen project, you may want to understand the differences between the two in order to choose which is best for you and your project.


ABS vs. PLA filament for use in a 3D printing pen | Both can be used in the MYNT3D pen | learn the differences and compare for your next 3D pen project | infographic

 


ABS is oil based, where PLA is plant based. One of the most noticeable differences is that ABS gives off a chemical odor, and therefore requires proper ventilation. Some users may also prefer to wear a mask.

PLA, which contains plant-based ingredients such as corn starch and sugar cane, is said to emit a sweet smell.

From an environment standpoint, ABS is recyclable. PLA is biodegradable.

If you are familiar with 3D printers, it's good to note that 3D printing pens use lower temperature setting for filament. It is recommended to set ABS at 210°C and PLA at 175°C.

PLA filament is prone to extruding a bit after the feed button has been released. This is normal.And as with 3D printers, 3D printing pens can experience filament extruding after the feed button is released. This is more likely with PLA filament, and slightly decreasing the pen temperature can help.


PLA filament is preferred by 3D pen users for wearable projects such as jewelry.




ABS is stronger than PLA, which is more brittle. However, ABS is known to slightly warp and shrink. 


ABS filament extrudes thicker, making projects faster to complete.


PLA filament is preferred by 3D pen users for wearable projects such as jewelry.


Which filament is best for your 3D pen project, ABS or PLA. It all depends on what you are making. Visit MYNT3D.com to learn more