PLA Skin

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Biodegradable PLA filament whose colours imitate skin. 

Smart Materials is a Spanish manufacturer of 3D printing materials that offers both industrial and conventional filaments, among which PLA and ABS stand out for their quality and variety of colours.

PLA (polylactic acid) is a biodegradable plastic obtained from natural resources, specifically from starch extracted from corn, beet and wheat. It is one of the most widely used materials in 3D printing today because it does not give off harmful gases and because it is easy to print. In addition, it is a material with almost no warping.

The filaments of the PLA SKIN range, as the name suggests, are filaments whose colours simulate human skin, so they are intended for use in medical-anatomical applications as well as 3D modelling.

There are three colours: Pale Skin, a light skin colour; Tan Skin, a slightly darker colour; and medium Skin, a medium colour between the two previous ones.

PLA Skin is a filament created with top quality materials, without incorporating recycled or recovered material, it is biodegradable, like many of the Smart materials filaments, as it is committed to sustainability, using its own management system and integrated to its needs. In addition, this filament has very good mechanical properties and excellent printing quality.

Pieza impresa con PLA Skin

Image 1. Piece printed with PLA Skin. Source: Smart materials.

Possible applications include anatomical models, orthoses, prototyping or decorative objects, as well as large parts.

Printed parts are generally easy to post-process, as they can be sanded, polished and painted. PLA Skin filament is ideal for users starting out in the world of 3D printing due to its ease of printing.

3D printing with PLA is simpler and easier than with ABS. It is not necessary that the printing base is hot, although if possible it is recommended that the base is at 40-50 ºC approximately, to avoid any signs of warping. The extruder temperature should be between 190 and 210 ºC depending on the colour and the 3D printer used.

If the printer has a layer fan, it is recommended that you activate it for best results.

The adhesion of the first layer is key and probably one of the most important factors for good prints, so you can use Blue TapeBuildTakMagigoo or 3DLac.

General information
Manufacturer Smart Materials (Spain)
Material PLA
Format Spool of 0.75 kg 
Density 1.24 g/cm3
Diameter of filament 1.75 or 2.85 mm
Diameter tolerance ±0.03 mm (1.75 mm)
±0.05 mm (2.85 mm)
Filament length ±335 m (Ø 1.75 mm-0.75Kg)
±110 m (Ø 2.85 mm-0.75Kg)
Color Pale Skin, Tan Skin, Medium Skin
RAL/Pantone -
Print settings
Printing temperature 200-240ºC
Print bed temperature 20-60ºC
Chamber temperature Not necessary
Cooling fan Recommended
Mechanical properties
Izod impact strength  -
Charpy impact strength -
Elongation at break (ASTM D882) 6%
Tensile strength (ASTM D882) 53 MPa
Tensile Modulus (ASTM D882) 3500 MPa 
Flexural strength (D790) 83 MPa
Flexural modulus  (D790) 3800 MPa
Surface hardness  -
Thermal properties
Softening temperature (D3418) 55-60ºC
Melting temperature -
Specific properties
Transparency  -
Additional Information
HS Code 3916.9
Diameter coil (outer) 200 mm 
Diameter coil (inner hole) 53 mm 
Coil Width 70 mm 

* The typical values detailed in this table should be considered as a reference. Actual values may vary depending on the 3D printer model used, part design and printing conditions. We recommend confirming the results and final properties with own tests. For more information you should consult the technical data sheet of the product.


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