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PLA Flax pellets


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Biodegradable PLA pellets reinforced with flax fibers for ease of printing and increased rigidity.

Nanovia is a French company with extensive experience in the development and production of intelligent chemical products for advanced materials, including pellets for FDM 3D printing. The French manufacturer guarantees a rigorous control of the formulation of the raw material, which ensures the best mechanical and geometric properties of each material. The PLA Flax pellets (also available in filament format) from the Nanovia pellet catalog are made from a PLA base additivized with flax fibers for better mechanical properties and easier printing. The flax fibers are 100% bio-sourced from Upper Normandy and Hauts de France. The PLA Flax pellets are fully biodegradable and compostable in industrial conditions (ISO EN 13432), as well as ROHS certified and free of estrogenic endocrine disruptors.

Objects 3D printed with the PLA Flax pellets

Image 1: Objects 3D printed with the PLA Flax pellets. Source: Nanovia.

The flax fibres increase the rigidity of the material and increase its tensile modulus by 60% compared to standard PLA. A very interesting feature of the PLA Flax pellets is that the colour of the part can be modified from lighter to darker by varying the processing temperatures from 200 to 260°C. The lower the extrusion temperature, the lighter the part will be. This feature makes the PLA Flax pellets a very useful material in the production of toys or decorative objects, giving them a customizable rustic appearance.

Varying the extrusion temperature modifies the color of the PLA Flax pellets

Image 2: Varying the extrusion temperature modifies the color of the PLA Flax pellets. Source: Nanovia.

Thanks to their great mechanical properties and increased rigidity, the PLA Flax pellets can be used for functional applications, both indoors and outdoors. Nevertheless, if the parts are to be used outdoors, it is recommended to cover them with a layer of Nanovia's smoothing coating to increase the UV resistance.

The benefits offered by Fused Granulate Fabrication are many. Pellet manufacturing tends to be more affordable than filament manufacturing on a large scale. The PLA Flax pellets can be used in many ways either to make filament with the help of a compact filament extruder, or to extrude directly onto a printing surface with a desktop pellet extruder (mountable on any open architecture FDM 3D printer) or on a larger scale with a high speed pellet extruder.

Elongation at break (%) 2
Tensile modulus (MPa) 3400
Flexural modulus (MPa) 2300
Surface hardness 8
Biodegradable Biodegradable
Fiber reinforced Fiber reinforced

When working with the PLA Flax pellets, the user should always make sure that the workspace is properly ventilated and that face and skin protection is used. It should also be kept in mind that the pellets will preserve their longevity and give satisfying results only if they are stored properly, i.e. in a dry environment such as an airtight container with some desiccant. If the PLA Flax pellets absorb too much moisture, they should be dried for 4 hours at 50°C.

The recommended extrusion parameters for the Nanovia PLA Flax pellets are the following: 200-230 ºC for pellet extrusion, 40 ºC for moulding, and 200-230 ºC for 3D printing. The printing bed should be heated to 50-70 ºC and it is recommended to print on a 3D printer with a closed chamber (20 ºC). The recommended nozzle diameter for the PLA Flax pellets is at least 0.5 mm.

If the parts 3D printed with the Nanovia PLA Flax pellets are to be used outdoors, it is recommended to paint the parts or to subject them to an anti-UV treatment, such as the Nanovia smoothing coating.

General information
Material PLA Flax
Format 0.5 Kg bag
5 Kg bag
Density (ISO 1183) 1.25 g/cm3
Colour Natural
Mechanical properties
Izod impact resistance  -
Charpy impact resistance  -
Ultimate breaking strength (ISO 527) 2 %
Maximal deformation at break -
Tensile strength -
Tensile modulus (ISO 527) 3400 MPa
Bending strength  -
Bending modulus (ISO 178) 2300 MPa
Surface hardness Shore 77D
Thermal properties
Processing temperature 200-230 ºC
Glass transition temperature -
Melting temperature -
MFR Ratio (ISO 1133) 7-9 g / 10 min
Additional information
HS Code 3901.1

* The typical values listed in this table should be considered as a reference. We advise you to confirm the final results and properties with your own tests. For further information please refer to the product data sheet.


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