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3D Supplies & accessories - Cube and CubeX

What is PLA?

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is probably the easiest material to work with when you're first starting out with 3D printing.

It is a biodegradable thermoplastic that has been derived from renewable resources like corn starch and sugar cane. This makes PLA environmentally friendly and very safe to work with. PLA also has a very sharp glass transition point so if you use a fan to cool it, it will set into a solid very quickly.

It can achieve a greater range of geometries than are possible with other plastics. It also reduces the thermal stress on the printed part, making warping less of an issue with larger PLA parts.

PLA does not require any curing or post-production treatment, but could also be sanded and coated with automotive spray filler. It can also be painted over with acrylic paint.

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PLA and ABS filament cartridge colours for CubeX

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PLA and ABS filament cartridge colours for Cube

What is ABS?

ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is considered the second easiest material to work with when you start 3D printing.

The same material that Lego bricks are made of, ABS is also a strong and tough engineering polymer commonly used to produce car bumpers. Though durable, considerations must be made when printing larger objects as thermal stress can cause ABS to warp as the part cools.

ABS is suitable for light, rigid, moulded products with good shock absorption and wear resistance.

ABS has a matte appearance and is available in the colours shown on the colour charts.

3D printing glue stick

Glue stick for Cube and CubeX

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This helps to hold the part you print to the print plate during printing.

After printing, it easily dissolves away by simply soaking the part and print plate in warm water.

3D printing supplies

(Cube3 and CubePro supplies here)