PolyMax™ is a family of advanced 3D printing filaments produced with Polymaker’s Nano-reinforcement technology, to deliver exceptional mechanical properties and printing quality. PolyMax™ PLA is an incredibly easy-to-print filament with improved mechanical properties, making it an excellent alternative to ABS.
PolyMax™ PLA features Polymaker's Jam-Free™ technology and Polymaker's Nano-reinforcement technology:
Jam-Free™ - Jam-Free™ technology improves the heat stability of Polymaker’s PLA filaments with softening temperatures over 140 °C. As a result, Polymaker’s PLA filaments show 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.
Nano-reinforcement - Nano-reinforcement technology is applied to produce filaments with excellent mechanical properties and printing quality. It dramatically improves the toughness of the material by increasing its impact resistance.
Click the 'Quality & Technologies' tab to learn more about this technology.
Superior Toughness - Regular PLA is a very brittle material which greatly limits its range of applications. PolyMax™ PLA exhibits vastly superior impact strength with up to 20% improvement when compared to regular ABS and durability 5 times that of PolyLite™ PLA.
Ductile - Parts printed in PolyMax™ PLA display excellent ductility, suitable for snap fit componentry.
Safe and Clean - Polymaker use only PLA resins from Nature Works for the filaments manufacture.
Easy-to-print - The outstanding mechanical strength of PolyMax™ PLA is achieved with no compromise in printing quality. PolyMax™ PLA prints easily with no heated bed required. A heated bed can be used for best results (up to 60°C).
Quality Control - Polymakers leading quality control process and rigorous in-house testing, ensure reliable printing and consistency across spools and batches.
To learn more about PolyMax™ PLA, click the 'Why people are using it', 'Quality & 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, PolyMax™ PLA exhibits significantly improved toughness and has been specifically optimized and designed with 3D printing in mind.
A high quality and premium PLA filament; PolyMax™ PLA is designed to embrace the usability of PLA while improving the functionality of the material for real world applications, making this product an excellent choice for real world prototyping and engineering projects.
When compared to many engineering materials, regular PLA materials are very brittle. Printed parts can easily crack if dropped and fine structures can easily snap off limiting regular PLA to hobbyist, education, modeling and demonstration applications. PolyMax™ PLA is a functional and easy to use 3D printing material, exhibiting 5 times improved toughness when compared to PolyLite™ PLA. In fact PolyMax™ PLA is up to 9 times tougher than other brands of regular PLA. This material is highly recommended for printed parts that may be handled heavily or moved around as these applications often require a tough and durable plastic.
3D Printed Guitar / Designed by Michael Tyson and printed in PolyMax™ PLA
Regular PLA materials are very stiff which can beneficial when 3d printing brackets however this can make 3d printing applications requiring snap fit assemblies very difficult. PolyMax PLA exhibits improved ductility to more closely resemble ABS in terms of flexibility.
PolyMax™ PLA is incredibly popular with users who have difficulty printing high temperature materials without warping but require a filament with excellent impact resistance and reduced stiffness.
The ductility of PolyMax™ PLA compared to other material types.
PLA is already recognized as one of the most beginner friendly materials but with some 3D printers susceptible to heat creep, that reliable experience of 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.
PolyMax™ 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.
3D Printed Cosplay Helmet / Printed in PolyMax™ PLA
PolyMax™ 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.
Nano-reinforcement technology is applied to produce filaments with excellent mechanical properties and printing quality. It dramatically improves the toughness of the material by increasing its impact resistance.
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, PolyMax™ 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 PolyMax™ PLA exhibit normal thermal properties and heat resistance.
Industry Leading Quality Control
PolyMax™ 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: PolyMax™ PLA is wound on Polymakers 750g transparent spools. With the transparent spool, it is easy to see exactly how much filament is left for your next printing project.
Resealable Bag: PolyMax™ PLA is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other PLA filaments, PolyMax™ 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 and Simplify 3D v.3.1. Printing conditions may vary with different printers and nozzle diameters
For other tips printing PolyMax™ PLA, click to read our starters guide to 3d printing most filament types or contact us!
Storage & Drying: When not in use PolyMax™ PLA should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag. If the filament does absorb moisture, spools 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)
||Nano-reinforcement and Jam-Free™ Technology
Young’s modulus: 1879 ± 109 Mpa
Tensile strength: 28.1 ± 1.3 Mpa
Bending strength: 48.0 ± 1.9 Mpa
Impact strength: 12.2 ± 1.03 kJ/m2
Glass Transition Temperature: 61°C
Vicat Softening Temperature: 62˚C
Melting Temperature: 149˚C
We have full MDS and technical data sheets for PolyMax™ 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.
PolyMax™ 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 PolyMax™ PLA compare to other PLA materials?
A: Like Polymaker's other products, PolyMax™ PLA is designed specifically with 3D printing in mind. PolyMax™ 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. As part of the PolyMax™ family, PolyMax™ PLA is manufactured with Polymakers nano-rienforcement technology to significantly improve toughness and impact resistance when compared to regular PLA.
Q: Does Polymakers Nano-reinforcement technology impact printability?
A: The nano-reinforcement of PolyMax™ PLA is NOT a fiber reinforcement, so customers can confidently print this material with a standard brass nozzle. The good mechanical strength of PolyMax™ PLA is achieved with no compromise in printing quality or usability.
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 PolyMax™ PLA. Please note 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 PolyMax™ 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!