PolyLite™ is a family of 3D printing filaments made with the best raw materials to deliver exceptional quality and reliability. PolyLite™ covers the most popular 3D printing materials to meet your everyday needs in design and prototyping. PolyLite™ PLA is a high-quality PLA designed for reliability and ease of printing.
Compatibility In Mind - High Quality PLA filament compatible with a wide range of 3D printers including models from Makerbot, FlashForge, Monoprice, Lulzbot, Ultimaker, Prusa Research, Raise3D, Tiertime and other popular extrusion based 3D printers (Heated bed may be required in some cases).
Strength and Rigidity - PolyLite™ PLA features good tensile strength and stiffness, ideal for product design and prototyping applications that require a rigid material that is easy to print.
Jam-Free™ technology - Polymaker have implemented their Jam-Free™ technology into PolyLite™ PLA to improve the heat stability of the filament with softening temperatures over 140 °C. As a result, PolyLite™ PLA shows minimal softening in the “cold end” and can melt rapidly once entering the heating zone, leading to excellent printing quality with zero risk of nozzle jams caused by heat creep.
Click the 'Quality & Technologies' tab to learn more about this technology.
Easy to Print - Works well with common printing surfaces such as the blue tape, Kapton tape, glass, BuildTak, etc. No heated bed required but can be used for better results (up to 60°C).
Uncompromised Quality - PolyLite™ PLA filament is made with the highest quality ingredients including Ingeo® from Natureworks. Natureworks is a world-leading biopolymers supplier based in the USA with a portfolio of high quality raw PLA materials produced from rapidly renewable plant resources. Combining Polymakers innovative R&D technologies, compounding and extrusion systems with Natureworks Ingeo® resins produces a reliable 3D printing filament to print beautiful and accurate models.
To learn more about PolyLite™ PLA, click the "Why people are using it", "Quality and Technologies" and "Specifications & FAQ" tabs.
Derived from renewable resources such as corn starch and sugarcane, PLA is one of the most popular 3D Printing materials for prototypers, educators and hobbyists due to its low printing requirements and excellent dimensional stability at a low cost.
When compared to other PLA filaments, PolyLite™ PLA has been specifically optimized and designed with 3D printing in mind.
- Features Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology to prevent heat creep related jamming.
- Fantastic stiffness and tensile strength.
- Minimal printing requirements.
- Exhibits excellent dimensional stability for large 3d printing projects.
Giant bulldozer at the Polymaker booth at TCTAsia / Designed by Matt Denton and printed in PolyLite™ PLA & PolyMax™ PLA
PolyLite™ PLA is an excellent choice for low cost general purpose 3D printing projects. The most popular product in the PolyLite™ family, PolyLite™ PLA is a high quality and premium PLA filament available in a vibrant range of colours at an affordable price.
PLA is already recognized as one of the most beginner friendly materials but with some 3D printers susceptible to heat creep, that reliable experience with PLA isn't shared by everyone. Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology is engineered to provide an easier solution to heat creep by increasing the softening temperature of the filament.
PolyLite™ PLA has minimal warping and shrinking compared to other materials, perfect for applications featuring flat surfaces and hard angles, or requiring tight tolerances for fit.
PolyLite PLA case 3D printed with PolyDissolve™ S1 supports.
PolyLite™ PLA prints with excellent inter-layer adhesion and users with a dual extrusion 3D printer can print with Polymakers PolyDissolve™ S1 or PolySupport™.
PolyDissolve™ S1 is a dedicated support material engineered to deliver water dissolvable supports with perfect interfacing and improved part surface quality. PolyDissolve™ S1 is compatible with a wide range of material types and Polymaker filaments. PolySupport™ is a dedicated support material engineered to break away easily by hand without the risk of damaging the part.
Polymaker is an international team passionate about 3D printing. They produce the very best 3D printing materials by controlling every stage of production. With a diverse portfolio of materials ranging from high performance plastics to unique aesthetic solutions, Polymaker will continue to add cutting edge materials to its ever-growing portfolio.
At the core of Polymaker is their research & development laboratory, this is where all Polymakers materials are formulated and fine-tuned from the ground up to create the best in class 3D printing materials. Our precision testing equipment combines the latest advancements in technology to ensure they are ahead of the game.
Polymakers patented Jam-Free™ technology dramatically improves the heat stability of their PLA filaments, by combining the latest development in biopolymer formulation and advanced polymer processing technologies. As a result, PolyLite™ PLA filament exhibits a high softening temperature of more than 140 °C, over 80 degrees higher than other PLA filaments currently on the market. So while printing, the filament will never soften in the “cold end” and can melt rapidly once entering the heating zone. This leads to extremely smooth printing and no more nozzle-jams caused by heat-creep!
Where is heat creep common?
- 3D printers with cheap or older extruder designs.
- 'Higher Temperature' or enclosed 3D Printers.
- Dual Extrusion 3D Printers (as the filament sits idle for long periods of time)
Please note there can be many causes for why any filament may jam, including printing too close to the bed. Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology is designed to prevent jams caused by heat creep. Jam-Free™ technology increases the softening temperature of the filament, not the heat resistance of printed parts. Parts printed in PolyLite PLA exhibit normal thermal properties and heat resistance.
Industry Leading Quality Control
PolyLite™ PLA like all other Polymaker materials is manufactured using state-of-the-art polymer processing technologies and equipment. Polymakers rigorous minimum 8 quality control processes ensure industrial standards of reliability for a consistent customer experience.
Tolerance: Polymakers custom developed extrusion, control and monitoring solutions to ensure filament tolerance and roundness meet Polymakers strict quality standards.
Reliable Mechanical, Colouring & Printing Properties: Every batch of filament products are tested to ensure all quality specs (melt flow, softening point, mechanical, diameter, round-ness) are met.
Drying & Vacuum Sealing: Before packaging, all Polymaker filaments are dried to a moisture level of < 0.1% to ensure the best printing quality and are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. All vacuum packaged products are left for 24 hours before boxing to ensure they are leak-free.
Transparent Spool: PolyLite™ PLA is wound on Polymakers 1kg transparent spools. With the transparent spool, it is easy to see exactly how much filament is left for your next printing project.
Resealable Bag: PolyLite™ PLA is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other PLA filaments, PolyLite™ PLA is hygroscopic so we recommend using this bag for filament storage.
|Build Surface material
||Glass, Blue Tape, BuildTak®
|Build surface treatment
||None required, can apply PVA glue to the build surface
|Build plate temperature
|Recommended support material (optional)
||PolyDissolve™ S1, PolySupport™
Note: Based on 0.4 mm nozzle. Printing conditions may vary with different printers and nozzle diameters
For other tips printing PolyLite™ PLA, click to read our starters guide to 3d printing most filament types or contact us!
STORAGE & DRYING
Before packaging, PolyLite™ PLA is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use PolyLite™ PLA should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag.
Like other PLA filaments, PolyLite™ PLA is susceptible to absorbing moisture from the air which can subsequently effect the quality and mechanical properties of the final prints. We recommend storing PolyLite™ PLA in the PolyBox™ or a dry cabinet during printing to prevent moisture absorption which will lower the quality of the print. The PolyBox™ keeps the filament at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less).
If you hear popping sounds and notice that the surface quality of your print is uneven or the color is not consistent, this is a likely indicator that the filament has absorbed too much moisture. Spools of PolyLite™ PLA can be dried in a preheated convection oven at 80˚C for up to 8 hours. Results may vary depending on the accuracy of your oven so please be conservative. For more information about filament drying please read our user guide.
||1.17 - 1.24 (g/cm3 at 21.5˚C)
All testing specimens were printed under the following conditions: Nozzle Temperature = 205˚C, build plate temperature = 45˚C, infil = 100%, cooling fan = ON
All specimens were conditioned at room temperature for 24h prior to testing.
|Vicat Softening Temperature
||ISO 306 GB/T 1633
|Young's modulus (X-Y)
||2636 ± 330 MPa
||ISO 527, GB/T 1040
|Young's modulus (Z)
|Tensile strength (X-Y)
||46.6 ± 0.9 MPa
||ISO 527, GB/T 1040
|Tensile strength (Z)
||43.5 ± 3.1 MPa
|Bending strength (X-Y)
||85.1 ± 2.9 MPa
||ISO 178, GB/T 9341
|Bending strength (Z)
|Charpy impact strength (X-Y)
||2.68 ± 0.16 kj/m2
||ISO 179, GB/T 9343
|Charpy impact strength (Z)
We have full MDS and technical data sheets for PolyLite™ PLA and all other Polymaker products. Contact us to enquire!
The typical values presented in Polymakers data sheet are intended for reference and comparison purposes only. Due to the nature of 3D printing they should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes.
PolyLite™ PLA has been engineered with compatibility in mind to print excellently on a wide range of 3D printers.
Of course with thousands of unique 3d printer models on the market, we can't guarantee each filament type will work with every 3D printer.
Q: How does PolyLite™ PLA compare to other PLA materials?
A: Like Polymaker's other products, PolyLite™ PLA is designed specifically with 3D printing in mind. PolyLite™ PLA is manufactured with Polymaker's patented Jam-Free™ technology to prevent heat creep jamming and during R&D, significant time was spent optimizing the softening temperature, material flow and printing characteristics to ensure excellent results on a wide range of 3D printers.
Q: Does Jam-Free™ technology prevent all filament jamming?
A: Jam-Free™ technology is designed to prevent jamming caused by heat creep. There are many reasons why a material may jam, such as printing with the wrong extruder temperature or incorrect nozzle height; Polymaker's Jam-Free™ technology won't prevent jamming in these cases.
Q: Can PLA be printed at large scales without warping?
A: One of the benefits of PLA is the ability to print large parts with excellent dimensional stability; we have many customers printing large full-size printing projects in PolyLite™ PLA. Please note that while PLA materials don't warp in most situations, printing with poor first layer adhesion can cause any material to warp and printing or the heated bed too hot can cause any PLA filament to crystallize rapidly, creating internal stress and warping.
Q: What support materials can I use with this product?
A: Polymaker’s PolyDissolve™ S1 or PolySupport™ filament are the recommended support filaments for PolyLite™ PLA. If your 3D printer is not equipped for multi-material, self-support can be used.
Don't know where to start? Or which filament will suit your application? We have a broad range of support options including telephone support. Contact us today!