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Polymaker PolyLite PLA Silk Purple 1kg (1.75mm)

1.75mm

Glossy and high quality Silk PLA / Made with the highest quality PLA - Ingeo® PLA from Natureworks.

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PolyLite PLA Silk 3D Printer Filament

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 Silk is a unique and easy-to-print filament that produces parts with a special silk-like and metallic surface finish that hides the layers.


Features
 
  • Silk Surface Finish - PolyLite™ PLA Silk has been formulated to render parts with an incredible glossy silk-like surface finish with no post-processing required. Its unique surface finish makes it an attractive choice for stand out display models or aesthetic applications that require a vibrant or metallic surface finish.

  • Compatibility In Mind - PolyLite™ PLA Silk is an easy-to-print filament and compatible with a wide range of popular extrusion based 3D printers[1]. (Heated bed may be required in some cases).

  • Easy to Print - PolyLite™ PLA Silk 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 Silk 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

 

[1] Please note it's not possible to make a Silk PLA filament with resistance to heat creep; this is why PolyLite™ PLA Silk does not feature the Jam-Free™ technology implemented in other PolyLite™ PLA filaments. This may affect compatibility with printers that suffer from heat creep and for these users we recommend considering a PLA filament which features Jam-Free™ technology.

To learn more about PolyLite™ PLA Silk, click the "Suggested Applications", "Specifications & FAQ" and "Polymaker / Quality" tabs.

PolyLite Special Effect PLA Comparison

PolyLite PLA Silk Filament

Compare the special effect versions of PolyLite™ PLA with the chart below.

To compare Polymakers base PLA formulas (PolyLite™, PolyMax™, PolyTerra™) see our our Polymaker PLA comparison guide.

  PolyLite™ PLA PolyLite™ Silk PLA PolyLite™ Glow PLA PolyLite™ Galaxy PLA PolyLite™ PLA-CF
Type of PLA PLA Silk PLA Glow in the dark PLA Glitter / Sparkle PLA Carbon Fiber PLA
Description High quality PLA Special effect high gloss PLA with metallic / silk-like surface Special effect PLA with powders that glow in the dark after absorbing light energy Special effect PLA with glitter particles Specialty PLA with 8% carbon fiber by weight
Nozzle Temperature Range 190°C - 230°C 190°C - 230°C 190°C - 230°C 190°C - 230°C 190°C - 230°C
Rigidity
(X-Y)
High High High High Moderate - High
Tensile Strength
(X-Y)
46.6 MPa 51.5 MPa N/A 46.6 MPa 28.28 MPa
Toughness
(X-Y)
Low Impact Strength Low Impact Strength N/A Low Impact Strength Moderate Impact Strength
Jam-Free Technology
(Resistance to heat creep)
Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Glass Transition Temperature 61°C 56°C N/A 61°C 61.8°C
Special Feature - Best layer adhesion.
- High rigidity & strength.
- Available in both opaque colours and natural (translucent) colour.
- High gloss gives parts an attractive silk or metallic sheen.
- Surface finish achieved with no post-processing required.
- Silk formula offers slightly higher impact strength than regular PolyLite™ PLA.
- Special glow in the dark effect.
- Based on PolyLite™ PLA formula.

- Particles give a unique visual effect that helps to hide layer lines.
- Based on PolyLite™ PLA formula.

- Carbon fiber adds a unique and attractive matte surface finish that helps to hide layer lines.
- Carbon fiber changes mechanical properties, beneficial for some functional applications.

Special Notes N/A It's not possible to implement Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology in Silk PLA. Additives are abrasive, wear resistant hardware (i.e nozzles) required. Larger nozzles (i.e 0.6mm) required to print with the glitter particles. Carbon fibers are abrasive, wear resistant hardware (i.e nozzles) required.

Data taken from Polymakers Technical Data Sheet and is intended for reference and comparison purposes only. Due to the nature of 3D printing, data should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes.

Applications

PolyLite™ Silk PLA is a popular special effect PLA for users looking to print sleek and stand out models without arduous post-processing. The glossy surface finish of PolyLite™ Silk PLA enables printing of models with a glossy silk or metallic surface finish and looks great for single colour prints or multi-colour designs that assemble a combination matte and silk PLA 3D parts.

It is commonly used to print a wide range of general printing projects including:

  • Figurines.
  • Toys.
  • Decorative models and vases.
  • Custom trophies and medals.
  • Shiny gifts for friends and family.
  • Accent colour for assembled 3D models.
  • Models which require a metallic finish.
  • Metallic or glossy cosplay pieces.
  • Scale models and architectural models.

Compared to PolyLite™ PLA, PolyLite™ Silk PLA does have slightly different mechanical properties for instance featuring a slightly higher impact resistance (Charpy impact X-Y).

Like other PLA based filaments, Silk PLA does feature a low heat resistance so it's not recommended to print Silk PLA for applications that may be exposed to high temperatures.

Printing Settings
Nozzle Temperature 190°C - 230°C
Build Plate Temperature 25°C - 60°C
Build Surface Material Works well with most build surfaces i.e Glass, Blue Tape, BuildTak® 
Build Surface Treatment Typically none required. Some surfaces work well with Magigoo or PVA glue stick.
Cooling Fan ON
Printing Speed 40 mm/s - 60 mm/s
Recommended Support Material Single Extrusion: Self Support
Dual Extrusion: PolyDissolve™ S1 or PolySupport™

Note: Based on 0.4 mm nozzle. Printing conditions may vary with different printers and nozzle diameters

For other tips printing PolyLite™ PLA Silk, feel free to contact us!


Specification
Net Weight 1kg
Material Type Silk PLA
Density 1.20 (g/cm3 at 21.5˚C) 
Colour

Silk Purple


Compatibility

PolyLite™ PLA Silk has been engineered with compatibility in mind to print excellently on a wide range of 3D printers. Although PolyLite™ PLA features Jam-Free™ technology it is not possible to implement this technology in silk filaments such as PolyLite™ PLA Silk.

With thousands of unique 3d printer models on the market, we can't guarantee each filament type will work with every 3D printer. If your printer suffers from heat creep and has difficulty printing other brands of PLA or Silk PLA due to jamming, PolyLite™ PLA Silk may perform similarly.


Technical Data

All testing specimens were printed under the following conditions: Nozzle Temperature = 220˚C, build plate temperature = 40˚C, infil = 100%, cooling fan = ON
All specimens were conditioned at room temperature for 24h prior to testing.

THERMAL PROPERTIES

  Value Testing Method
Glass Transition 56°C DSC, 10°C/min
Heat Deflection Temperature

0.45MPa - 61.1°C
1.8 MPa - 59.3 °C

HDT Curve

ISO 75
Vicat Softening Temperature N/A ISO 306, GB/T 1633

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

  Value Testing Method
Youngs Modulus
(X-Y)
3098 ± 147 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Tensile Strength
(X-Y)
51.5 ± 1.9 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Bending Strength
(X-Y)
104 ± 1.3 MPa ISO 178, GB/T 9341
Charpy Impact Strength
(X-Y)
3.46 ± 0.32 kJ/m2 ISO 179, GB/T 9343

We have full MDS and technical data sheets for PolyLite™ PLA Silk 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.


STORAGE & DRYING

Before packaging, PolyLite™ PLA Silk 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 Silk should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag.

Like other PLA filaments, PolyLite™ PLA Silk 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 Silk 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 Silk can be dried in a preheated convection oven at 45˚C for up to 6 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.


FAQ

Q: Does PolyLite™ PLA Silk feature Jam-Free™ technology?
A: To achieve the silk surface finish, PolyLite™ PLA Silk does not feature the Jam-Free™ technology implemented in PolyLite™ PLA and other Polymaker PLA filaments.

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 Silk. 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 Silk. 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!

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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. Their precision testing equipment combines the latest advancements in technology to ensure they are ahead of the game.

PolyLite™ PLA Silk like all other Polymaker materials is manufactured using state-of-the-art polymer processing technologies and equipment. Polymakers rigorous 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.

Polymaker Cardboard Spool

Polymaker are in the process of phasing in their new sustainable packaging while using up their plastic spools to save resources and avoid waste. We cannot guarantee which packaging you will receive during the transition stage but what we can guarantee is that you will receive the same high-quality filament that you expect from Polymaker. 

PolyLite™ PLA Silk is wound on Polymakers 1kg carton spools, manufactured from recycled cardboard. The cutaway and weight gauge on the side of the spool make it easy to see exactly how much filament is left for your next printing project. PolyLite™ PLA Silk's recycled cardboard packaging and carton spool are the first step taken towards creating more eco-sustainable products. The spool is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other PLA filaments, PolyLite™ PLA Silk is hygroscopic so we recommend keeping this bag for filament storage.

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