PolyMax Tough PLA


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Material with high quality mechanical properties and surface finish, with high impact resistance.

The PolyMax Tough PLA is the most powerful PLA on the market today because it combines the qualities of easy printing with any 3D printer (FFF/FDM) on the market with mechanical characteristics superior to ABS.

With the creation of this material, Polymaker has been able to outperform other common 3D printing materials (PLA and ABS) with superior impact resistance compared to other PLA and better overall mechanical properties than ABS. Such is its impact resistance, which is 9 times more resistant than other regular PLA and 20% higher than ABS.

Video 1: Flex test . Source: 3D Printing Solutions


Another aspect that stands out is the guarantee that it offers when printing large pieces without deformations (warping or cracking), even without hot base or in a printer that is not closed.

Large 3D printing without warping or cracking

Image 1: Large 3D printing without warping or cracking. Source: Polymaker


Thanks to PolyMaker's proprietary "Jam-Free" technology, this material greatly improves thermal stability by increasing the softening temperature and thus being a "Free of Jams" filament.

Great finish

Image 2: Great finish. Source: Polymaker


PolyMaker to maintain its high level in the filaments for 3D printing, guarantees the quality of its products and in this case in particular the PolyMax Tough PLA filament, realizing up to eight controls with a high level of exigency to guarantee simple, reliable 3D accurate to 3D printing users. In addition, all coils of this material are dried before being packaged in a reusable bag which is introduced into a box of high quality and hardness to keep the filament intact. Thanks to the reusable bag mentioned above, users can store the Polymax PLA in it when they are not using it and thus ensure that the material retains all its qualities intact. The outside of the box shows the general product information: color, diameter, filament quantity and recommended printing temperatures. PolyMax PLA coils have calibrated marks that indicate the approximate amount of filaments remaining, which helps to know if the amount of material available is sufficient for the next 3D impression.


 Imge 3: Packaging. Source: Polymaker



All of the above demonstrates why the PolyMax Tough PLA is one of the best and most versatile filaments on the market.

Impact strength (KJ/m2) 12.1
Elongation at break (%) 1.4
Tensile strength (MPa) 28.1
Tensile modulus (MPa) 1879
Flexural strength (MPa) 48
Flexural modulus (MPa) 2119
Softening temperature (ºC) 62
Biodegradable Biodegradable
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3D printing with PLA is simpler and easier than with ABS. It is not necessary that the printer dock is hot, but if possible it is recommended that the base is at about 40-50 °C, to prevent any small sign of "warping" appears. The extruder temperature must be between 190 and 220 °C depending on the color and the 3D printer used. In our blog article 3D printing is explained about the main concerns of 3D printing PLA and ABS.

If your printer has a fan nozzle it is recommended that you activate it for best results. If you need to print very thin and tall pieces, you will see that the PLA plastic doesn´t give you enough time to harden each layer, so that the piece will be as if it had melted. To solve this problem we give a very simple advice, it prints at the same time at least two pieces, and place them separate at the base. Thus while the extruder is moved from one piece to another, the plastic has time to harden each layer in achieving a better result.
The adhesion of the first layer is key and probably the most important factors for good impressions. so you can use Blue Tape, BuildTak, Magigoo or 3DLac.

It is also advisable to set the "raft", which is to create a first thick layer, such as media, who will not suffer that contraction and on which to print the piece. The disadvantage of using the "raft" is that this first layer will have a less smooth.
It is advisable to lower the density of "infill" parameter for the part to store less heat. As for the "brim" (the membrane that is created around the piece) parameter is recommended to set it to never greater thicknesses of 5mm to help the first layer will not peel.

As for the interior temperature where printed it is recommended to be controlled and no drafts.

General information
Manufacturer Polymaker (Europe)
Material PolyMax Tough PLA
Format Spool of 750g
Density 1.24 g/cm3
Diameter of filament 1.75 or 2.85 mm
Diameter tolerance ±0,05 mm
Filament length ±251 m (Ø 1.75 mm)
±94 m (Ø 2.85 mm)
Color Black, White, Gray, Blue, Teal, Green, Yellow and Orange
RAL/Pantone  -
Print settings
Printing temperature 190-230ºC
Print bed temperature 25-60ºC
Chamber temperature Not necessary
Cooling fan Recommended
Recommended printing speed 60 mm/s
Raft separation 0.2 mm
Retraction 1 mm
Retraction speed 20 mm/s
Maximum cantilever manufacturing angle 45º
Recommended support material PolySupport or Mowiflex
Mechanical properties
Izod impact strength -
Charpy impact strength (ASTM D256) 12.2 kJ/m
Elongation at break (ASTM D638) 1.4%
Tensile strength (ASTM D638) 28.1 MPa
Tensile Modulus (ASTM D638) 1879 MPa
Flexural strength (ASTMD790) 48 MPa
Flexural modulus (ASTMD790) 2119 MPa
Surface hardness -
Thermal properties 
Softening temperature (ASTM D1525) 62ºC
Melting temperature 149ºC
Specific properties
Transparency  Opaque
Additional Information
HS Code 3916.9
Diameter coil (outer) 200 mm
Diameter coil (inner hole) 53 mm
Coil Width 46 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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