Pro PLA+ was developed from the ground up for 3D printing. It is tougher, stronger, has a higher heat resistance, and better layer to layer adhesion than Standard PLA+.
But first, a little bit of a history lesson on PLA and its place in the 3D printing industry.
At the beginning of the 3D printing industry, many developers looked for a compatible material that would be usable as a 3D filament. PLA was one that came a little later than the first big one, ABS, but it has become the “go-to” material for its ease of printing, lack of noxious fumes, and relative eco-friendliness. These first PLA materials, while an extrusion grade of PLA, were not designed specifically for 3D printing.
Many manufacturers use this as a base material and add colorant, of course, but some add other things, too. It has often been suspected that some may even include waste materials from other processes to act as a filler to “stretch” the PLA material in an effort to cut costs.
That is why 3D-Fuel only uses 100% NatureWorks Ingeo 4043D Resin to make our Standard PLA+. It has a proven record of being very usable for 3D filament and has a known origin in from USA-grown corn. Standard PLA+ is a good product with a lower price point than Pro PLA+ and is widely used in homes, schools, offices and more.
Around 2014, NatureWorks announced its first-ever PLA resin developed specifically for use as a 3D printing product. That Ingeo 3D850 resin is what we used to produce Workday PLA. This product provided a stronger, more flexible, and more heat resistant product to use in 3D Printing. When it came out 3D-Fuel quickly adapted it as our “best line” of PLA Products.
A couple of years later, NatureWorks announced a newly revised version of this product called NatureWorks Ingeo 3D870. Due to further improvements, it offers even more strength, more impact resistance, superior layer adhesion, additional heat resistance and greater ductility. These features make 3D-Fuel Pro PLA+ one of the best PLA products available today.
Our Pro PLA+ line, made from Ingeo 3D870, is by far the most popular and easiest to use product available in our lineup. It is used by everyone from home users to engineering professionals to manufacturers and receives fantastic reviews.
If you have other questions about our PLA products, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help!