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    Laser Marking PLA

    Colorfabb

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    PLA-based filament developed and optimised for laser engraving.

    Netherlands-based Colorfabb specialises in the development and production of filaments for FDM/FFF 3D printing. The company is constantly developing new materials, including special purpose filaments such as LW ASA, LW PLA, Laser Marking PLA and Varioshore TPU.

    Due to the composition of some materials, they are not suitable for post-processing by laser marking or cutting. The process could generate gases, dusts or flames hazardous to the user or the laser cutting and engraving machine.

    Laser Marking PLA is a PLA-based filament with additives to achieve a material optimised for safe laser engraving and optimum results. The composition of this material makes it possible to print 3D parts that can be engraved with a laser cutting and engraving machine.

    Video 1: Laser Marking PLA. Source: ColorFabb.

    Due to its composition, Laser Marking PLA filament has similar properties to conventional PLA.

    PLA, polylactic acid, is a biodegradable plastic composed of starch extracted from corn, sugar beet and wheat. It is one of the most widely used materials in FDM/FFF 3D printing due to its ease of 3D printing, as well as the fact that it does not emit harmful gases.

    Thanks to the additives added to the PLA base, Colorfabb has made this filament sensitive to laser light, optimised for a wavelength of 980 - 1064 nm. Parts 3D printed with this filament have been successfully tested with neodymium and fibre laser engraving, and are not compatible with CO2 lasers.

    Laser Marking PLA
    Image 1: Laser Marking PLA. Source: ColorFabb.

    Laser engraving on Laser Marking PLA filament has numerous advantages:

    • Laser-generated marks are permanent, waterproof, wear-resistant, UV-resistant and chemical-resistant.
    • No design limitations.
    • No post-processing or pre-treatment required.

    Applications

    Laser Marking PLA is an easy to use material that, together with a laser engraving machine, allows for a wide variety of applications, among them:

    • Cases for electronic devices with drawings or engraved elements.
    • Personalised key rings.
    • Decoration pictures with images.
    • Engraved cases or boxes with QR codes, to access the instructions of the contents inside.

    The use of Laser Marking PLA filament allows parts to be manufactured with the ease of conventional PLA. It also has properties that allow long-lasting engravings to be made on 3D printed parts, with no risk of contamination for users or for the laser engraving machine.

    Impact strength (KJ/m2) 1.6
    Elongation at break (%) 6
    Tensile strength (MPa) 53
    Tensile modulus (MPa) 3600
    Softening temperature (ºC) 60
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    The process of 3D printing with Laser Marking PLA is very simple. This filament can be printed with almost any FDM 3D printer on the market, as long as it has a heated bed that reaches between 50 and 60 ºC, an extrusion temperature of between 195 - 220 ºC.

    To improve the adhesion of the material to the printing surface and to facilitate the removal of the 3D printed parts, it is recommended to use a flexible base, such as BuildTak or Ziflex. A specific adhesive, such as Magigoo or DimaFix, can also be applied.

    When laser engraving 3D printed parts with this filament, the user should be aware of its compatibility with laser cutting and engraving equipment. This material is optimised for a wavelength of 980 - 1064 nm, and is only recommended for use with neodymium and fibre laser cutting and engraving machines.

    It is not recommended to work with CO2 laser cutting machines.

    General information
    Manufacturer ColorFabb
    Material PLA + laser light sensitive additive
    Format Pack of 50 g
    Spool of 750 g
    Density 1.3 g/cm3
    Diameter of filament 1.75 or 2.85 mm
    Diameter tolerance ±0,05 mm
    Filament length ±239 m (Ø 1.75 mm0.75Kg)
    ±90 m (Ø 2.85 mm- 0.75Kg)
    ±16 m (Ø 1.75 mm- 50 g)
    ±
    6 m (Ø 2.85 mm-50 g)
    Color White
    RAL/Pantone -
    Print settings
    Printing temperature 195-220ºC
    Print bed temperature 50-60ºC
    Chamber temperature Not necessary
    Cooling fan 100%
    Recommended printing speed 40-80 mm/s
    Mechanical properties
    Izod impact strength (ASTM D256) -
    Charpy impact strength 7 KJ/m2
    Elongation at break (ASTM D702) 6% 
    Tensile strength (ASTM D702) 45 MPa 
    Tensile Modulus (ASTM D702) 3400 MPa 
    Flexural strength (ASTM D790) -
    Flexural modulus (ASTM D790) -
    Surface hardness  -
    Thermal properties
    Softening temperature (ASTM E2092) 55-60ºC 
    Melting temperature -
    Specific properties
    Transparency (ASTM D1003) -
    Brightness value (ASTM D1003 for 20ºC) -
    Additional Information
    HS Code 3916.9
    Spool Diameter (outer) -
    Spool Diameter (inner hole) -
    Spool Width -


    * 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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