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    PLA Flax


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    PLA filament with flax fibres that improve its mechanical properties and provide an organic finish.

    Nanovia is a renowned French manufacturer of filaments and products for 3D printing specialised in offering technical products. 

    Nanovia PLA Flax is a PLA-based material filled with flax fibres. PLA is a biodegradable polymer obtained from natural resources, such as starch extracted from corn, sugar beet or wheat.

    In addition, PLA is one of the most widely used materials in 3D printing today due to the fact that it does not give off harmful gases and is easy to print. The ease of use of this material derives from several factors:

    • It does not require a heated bed, although if it is available, it is recommended to use it at 60 ºC.
    • It is generally printed at low temperatures (between 190ºC and 220ºC).
    • It is a material with an almost non-existent warping (warping is the deformation of the pieces with respect to the base).

    The low technical requirements of this material mean that it can be printed on almost any 3D printer on the market.

    The flax fibre loading improves the mechanical properties of the material and gives a rustic finish to the parts 3D printed with this filament. In addition, the shade of the material can be modified according to the printing temperature, making it possible to create parts with different shades using a single material.

    Printed piece with PLA Flax and shades

    Image 1: Piece printed with PLA Flax and different shades. Source: Nanovia.

    The flax fibres that compose Nanovia's PLA Flax are harvested and processed in France, and are specially selected for additive manufacturing. The organic appearance and surface finish of this filament make it an ideal material for the manufacture of decorative objects and toys.

    In addition to its properties and attractive finish, this biodegradable material of biological origin is certified free of oestrogenic endocrine disruptors.

    3D printed parts with PLA Flax

    Image 2: Parts printed with PLA Flax by Nanovia. Source: Nanovia.

    Thus, by combining the printability of PLA with the mechanical properties of flax fibres, Nanovia PLA Flax makes it possible to create 3D printed parts with good mechanical properties and an organic finish in a simple way.

    Elongation at break (%) 2
    Tensile modulus (MPa) 3400
    Flexural modulus (MPa) 2300
    Biodegradable Biodegradable
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    3D printing with Nanovia PLA Flax is very simple. It is not necessary for the printing bed to be hot, although if a hot bed is available, it is recommended that the bed be at approximately 20 - 60 ºC, to avoid any small signs of warping. The extruder temperature should be between 200 and 230 ºC. To avoid material degradation, the PLA Flax filament should not be extruded at a temperature higher than 260 ºC.

    It should be remembered that by modifying the printing temperature parameters, different tonal effects can be achieved on the surface of the 3D printed part.

    Adhesion of the first layer is key, and probably one of the most important factors for good prints, so Blue Tape, BuildTakMagigoo or 3DLac can be used to achieve optimal adhesion to the build plate.

    This filament is a hygroscopic material. It is therefore recommended to store the spool in a dry place, preferably with desiccant bags. If moisture is absorbed, we recommend using a device such as Print Dry Pro to dry the filament.

    General information
    Manufacturer Nanovia (Francia)
    Material PLA FLAX
    Format Pack of 50 g
    Spool of 500 g
    Density 1006 g/cm3
    Filament diameter 1.75 or 2.85 mm
    Diameter tolerance ±0,05 mm
    Filament length ± 207 m (Ø 1.75 mm-0.5Kg)
    ± 78 m (Ø 2.85 mm-0.5Kg)
    Colour Natural
    RAL/Pantone  -
    Printing properties
    Printing temperature 200 - 230 ºC
    Base/bed temperature 20 - 60 ºC
    Chamber temperature Not required
    Layer fan Recommended
    Print speed 50-70 mm/s
    Nozzle diameter >0.4 mm
    Mechanical properties
    Izod impact resistance -
    Charpy impact resistance  -
    Elongation at break (ISO 527) 2 %
    Tensile strength  -
    Tensile modulus  3400 MPa
    Bending strength  -
    Flexural modulus (ISO 178) 2300 MPa
    Surface hardness -
    Thermal properties
    Softening temperature  54ºC
    Melting temperature -
    Specific properties
    Transparency Opaque
    Flammability -
    Additional information
    HS Code 3916.9
    Spool diameter (outside) 200 mm
    Spool diameter (inner bore) 52 mm
    Spool width 55 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 final results and properties with your own tests. For further information please refer to the product data sheet.

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