aeWorthy™ PLA-Aero

PLA-Aero is a type of lightweight 3D printing material specially developed for aircraft model, ship model, drone and other fields. PLA-Aero controls the foaming ratio of the material by adjusting the temperature during the printing process so that the density of the material extruded by the nozzle can be adjusted within a certain range. With this technique, it is easy to reduce the weight of the model. In the best-case scenario, the model weight can be reduced to 50% of a model printed with ordinary PLA. In addition to that, the matte texture of the printed surface can reduce the visibility of printed layers and thus give a smooth surface finish.

Color:White / Red / Yellow / Grey

Diameter: 1.75mm / 2.85mm

Net weight: 1kg

Recommended Nozzle:

DLC Hardened Steel Nozzle 1100-HSD

Hardened Steel Nozzle 1100-HS

Ruby Nozzle A019

Recommended Hotend:Dragon series / Dragonfly series

Filament Physical Properties

PropertyTesting MethodTypical Value
DensityISO 11831.1g/cm³
Glass transition temperatureISO 1135760℃
Melt index200℃, 2.16kg10g/10min
Vicat softening temperatureISO 30665℃
Mechanical Properties of Printed Specimens
Tensile yield strength(X-Y)ISO 52710.37±0.08MPa
Elongation at Yield(X-Y)2.06±0.04%
Tensile breaking strength(X-Y)10.76±0.19MPa
Elongation at break(X-Y)16.87±2.11%
Young’s modulus(X-Y)893±18MPa
Tensile breaking strength(Z)ISO 5273.57±0.24MPa
Young’s modulus(Z)254±23MPa
Elongation at break(Z)10.91±1.11%
Charpy impact strength(X-YISO 1792.64±0.19KJ/㎡
Recommended Printing Conditions

Nozzle temperature

Optimum foaming temperature

180-250°C

230℃

Recommended nozzle size≥0.4 mm
Recommended build surface materialglass、PEI Film、PC Film or plate applied with PVP glue
Build plate temperature50°C
Raft separation distance0.2mm
Retraction distance0 mm
Cooling fanON
Printing speed30-90 mm/s

Other sugggestions:

Since PLA-Aero adopts the “On-Demand foaming” technology, the filament will continue to expand in the nozzle after being heated during the printing process. Therefore, it will cause unavoidable stringing during the nozzle movement. Even adjusting the retraction setting in the slicing software cannot solve this problem. Based on the above, it is recommended to turn off the retraction setting. The string on the surface of models can easily be removed by hand.

Extrusion Force vs Print Speed Test

Test parameters: 12mm length brass heat block, BMG extruder, Phaetus Hardened Steel Nozzle, Nozzle size 0.4mm, Layer Height 0.2mm.

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