ABS vs PLA Plastic Filament – 3 Big Differences for Your 3D Printer

The 3D printing revolution is here to stay, and now two of the mostly commonly used printing filaments are available directly from All-Spec. There are pros and cons to each, so read on to learn which material works best for your application.

Accuracy: While both options have the capacity to create highly accurate parts, ABS may tend towards curling upwards and curved edges, whereas PLA demonstrates less part warping.

Performance & Humidity: Long-term exposure will cause ABS to bubble from the printing nozzle, negatively impacting both accuracy and quality. PLA also tends to bubble, and it may experience discoloration and reduction in properties.

Smell: While ABS typically emits the unmistakable smell of hot plastic, PLA is a derivative of sugar and consequently tends toward a semi-sweet baking smell.

From strength and flexibility to high temperature resistance, ABS is often the preferred material for use with professional applications. On the other hand, those who print for decorative purposes or as a general hobby may enjoy the range of color and plant-based origins of PLA. Whatever your requirements, you’ll find both options right here, at lower prices every day.


Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Industry News, IT News, New Products, Vendor News

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