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Formulated as an easy-to-print replacement to ABS, this tough PLA material is modified to display superb impact resistance and ductility.

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 PolyMax PLA 3D Printing Filament

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.


 
Features
  • Superior Fracture Toughness - PolyMax™ PLA is an easy-to-print engineering material which displays an increased impact strength up to 5 times that of PolyLite™ PLA and 20% better than ABS. This is achieved through the implementation of Polymakers Nano-reinforcement technology which dramatically improves impact resistance and fracture toughness of the material without compromising printing quality. Polymakers Nano-reinforcement also gives PolyMax™ PLA a ductile failure mode. Ductility is the ability of a material to exhibit plastic deformation before fracture, the opposite of ductile materials can be seen as brittle materials. In simple words, PolyMax™ PLA will bend instead of breaking.
  • ABS-like Mechanical Properties  – Combining the strength and durability of ABS in an easy-to-print material; PolyMax™ PLA is the perfect candidate for professional & educational environments where product design iteration requires a durable material and reliable prototyping process. PolyMax™ PLA offers similar strength and stiffness to ABS enabling production of parts with snap fit components which would otherwise break when printed in a stiff and rigid material like PLA or PLA+.
  • Jam-Free™ technology - PolyMax™ PLA is manufactured with Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology which improves the heat stability of the filament with softening temperatures over 140°C and leads to excellent printing quality with zero risk of nozzle jams caused by heat creep [1].
  • Easy-to-print - The outstanding mechanical strength of PolyMax™ PLA is achieved with no compromise in printing quality. PolyMax™ PLA can be printed without a heated bed and works well with common printing surfaces, though a heated bed can be used to achieve better results (maximum 60°C).
  • Uncompromised Quality - PolyMax™ 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 durable and accurate prototypes.
 

[1] Heat creep is the the process of heat spreading irregularly throughout the hot end, one common example is with all metal hot end designs. Once heat creeps towards the cold end, the PLA filament softens prematurely in the cold end and expands resulting in a jam. Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology increases the heat resistance of the filament itself (not the printed part) to 140˚C which prevents the filament from prematurely softening in the cold end and can still melt rapidly once entering the heating zone.

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

Polymaker PLA Comparison

PolyMax PLA Comparison

Compare PolyLite™, PolyTerra™, PolyMax™ and find the right PLA with the chart below. For further comparisons see our our Polymaker PLA comparison guide.

  PolyLite™ PLA PolyLite™ PLA Pro PolyMax™ PLA PolyTerra™ PLA PolyTerra™ PLA+
Type of PLA PLA PLA+ Tough PLA Sustainable Matte PLA Sustainable PLA+
Description High quality PLA High quality PLA with improved impact strength. Easy to print PLA filament with ABS-like mechanical properties. A more sustainable PLA material combining PLA with natural ingredients. A higher strength version of PolyTerra™ PLA formula.
Nozzle Temperature Range 190°C - 230°C 190°C - 220°C 190°C - 230°C 190°C - 230°C 190°C - 230°C
Rigidity
(X-Y)
Highest High Moderate Low - Moderate Moderate
Tensile Strength
(X-Y)
46.6 MPa 35.65 MPa 28.1 MPa 20.9 MPa 27.0 MPa
Toughness
(X-Y)
Low Impact Strength High Impact Strength Highest Impact Strength Moderate Impact Strength Moderate Impact Strength
Jam-Free Technology
(Resistance to heat creep)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Glass Transition Temperature 61°C 62°C 61°C 60.6°C 59°C
Special Feature - Best layer adhesion.
- Highest rigidity & strength.
- Available in both opaque colours and natural (translucent) colour.
- Combines best of both worlds; high rigidity & strength of PLA with superior impact resistance.
- Less glossy than PolyLite™ PLA.
- Mimics strength, impact resistance & stiffness of ABS.
- Nano-reinforced to offer high ductility & fracture toughness.
- Ductility and rigidity allows for designs with snap fit elements.
- Formula combines PLA with bio-organic compounds.
- Formula optimized for matte surface finish & easy support removal.
- Wide colour range.
- Easier to sand than regular PLA.
- ONETREEPLANTED carbon offset initiative.
- Formula combines PLA with bio-organic compounds.
- Formula optimized for higher strength and inter-layer adhesion than PolyTerra™ PLA.
- Slight gloss surface finish.
- ONETREEPLANTED carbon offset initiative.
Popular with General use General use Designers, functional prototypers & propmakers. Consumer & education. Consumer & education.

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

PolyMax PLA Filament

PolyMax™ PLA is an advanced Tough PLA material chosen for applications which require an easy-to-use material with high impact resistance, durability and ductility. It features very similar mechanical properties to ABS making it an ideal replacement for many applications that don't require the heat resistance that ABS offers.

With a strong and dedicated engineering, professional and prototyping customer base, PolyMax™ PLA has been the go to choice for a wide range of applications including:

  • Durable Toys
  • Consumer products.
  • Fashion and lifestyle accessories.
  • Educational and mechanical projects.
  • Conceptual models.
  • Functional prototypes.
  • Props and models for the entertainment industry.
  • Prosthetics and robotics.
  • Jigs, fixtures and manufacturing aids.
  • Models which require some flexibility for snap fit designs.
  • Replacement to ABS where heat resistance isn't required.

For Sarolea's Manx 7 electric superbike, the entire bodywork was prototyped using PolyMax™ PLA. Prototyping with 3D printing and PolyMax™ PLA enabled Sarolea to quickly produce low cost and lightweight components and quickly verify the appearance and functionality of their design. The printability, reliability and toughness of PolyMax™ PLA played a role in this application.

Many users have found that the ductility of PolyMax™ PLA can help when removing supports and rafts. Rather than supports being brittle and regularly snapping during support removal, PolyMax™ PLA can be easier to grip and peel away without support breaking into many pieces. Additionally PolyMax™ PLA has found popularity in the entertainment industry as both a durable and reliable 3D printing material for prop and model making due to it's improved sanding capability when compared with regular PLA materials.

For applications which need an enhanced PLA with better impact resistance than regular PLA and require high rigidity more than the ductility, impact strength and the ABS-like stiffness that PolyMax™ PLA offers; PolyLite™ PLA Pro may be worth considering. PolyLite™ PLA Pro combines the high tensile strength and rigidity that PLA is known for with improved impact strength.

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® etc
Build Surface Treatment Can apply Magigoo Original or PVA glue to the build surface to improve adhesion.
Cooling Fan ON
Printing Speed 40 mm/s - 60 mm/s
Recommended Support Material

Single Extrusion:
Self Support

Dual Extrusion:
PolyDissolve™ S1 (Dissolve in tap water)
PolySupport™ (Easy break-away support material)

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

For other tips printing PolyMax™ PLA contact us!


Specification
Net Weight 750g
Material Type Tough PLA
Density 1.17 - 1.24 (g/cm3 at 21.5˚C) 
Colour

Hex Code: #91999F


Compatibility

PolyMax™ PLA has been engineered with compatibility in mind to print excellently on a wide range of 3D printers. The Jam-Free™ technology implemented into PolyMax™ PLA can improve compatibility with all metal hot end designs that suffer from heat creep.

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.


Technical Data

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.

THERMAL PROPERTIES

  Value Testing Method
Glass Transition 61°C DSC, 10°C/min
Heat Deflection Temperature

0.45MPa - 54.3°C
1.8 MPa - 52.3 °C

HDT Curve

ISO 75
Vicat Softening Temperature 62.4°C ISO 306, GB/T 1633

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

  Value Testing Method
Youngs Modulus
(X-Y)
1879 ± 109 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Tensile Strength
(X-Y)
28.1 ± 1.3 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Bending Strength
(X-Y)
48 ± 1.9 MPa ISO 178, GB/T 9341
Charpy Impact Strength
(X-Y)
12.1 ± 1.0 kJ/m2 ISO 179, GB/T 9343

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.


STORAGE & DRYING

Before packaging, PolyMax™ PLA is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use PolyMax™ PLA should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag.

Like other PLA filaments, PolyMax™ 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 PolyMax™ 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 PolyMax™ PLA can be dried in a preheated convection oven at 55˚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: Is PolyMax™ PLA a PLA+ material?
A: PolyMax™ PLA could be classified as a PLA+ material however it offers some significant advantages over PLA+ that ultimately make it a better replacement for ABS-like properties. PoyMax™ PLA has a higher impact strength than regular PLA but uniquely features a high fracture toughness and ductile failure mode while maintaining excellent printer compatibility. Ductility is the ability of a material to exhibit plastic deformation before fracture, the opposite of ductile materials can be seen as brittle materials. Whereas PLA and PLA+ will snap suddenly and violently, PolyMax™ PLA will gradually deform before fracturing. PolyMax™ PLA also mimics the stiffness of ABS enabling production of snap fit componentry which would otherwise be too stiff in PLA or 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 excellent mechanical properties of PolyMax™ PLA are 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 a partially blocked nozzle, printing with the wrong extruder temperature or incorrect nozzle height; Polymaker's Jam-Free™ technology won't prevent jamming in these cases.

Q: Will PolyMax™ PLA warp like ABS?
A: Short answer is no, PolyMax™ PLA won't warp like ABS and offers excellent dimensional stability. This has enabled customers to confidently print large full-size printing projects in PolyMax™ PLA. When printing large parts in PLA it is recommended to print with a heated bed, to avoid high infil densities and to partially enclose the printer to protect the print from drafts and sudden temperature changes. It is important to consider that while PLA filaments won't warp like ABS does, there are many reasons why a print may warp such as incorrect bed levelling or poor bed adhesion. If the heated bed is set too hot it can cause PLA filament to undergo a crystallization process which creates more internal stress and in turn warping.

Q: What support materials can I use with this product?
A: If your 3D printer supports multi-material 3D printing, PolyMax™ PLA is compatible with Polymaker’s PolySupport™ and PolyDissolve™ S1 filament. PolySupport™ is a breakaway support material which can be easily peeled away and PolyDissolve™ S1 is a water dissolvable support material, ideal for complex geometries.

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!

NatureWorks is now a world-leading biopolymers supplier and innovator with its Ingeo portfolio of naturally advanced materials made from renewable, abundant feedstocks with performance and economics that compete with oil-based intermediates, plastics, and fibers. 

PolyMax™ PLA 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. 

PolyMax™ PLA is wound on Polymakers 750g 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. PolyMax™ PLA'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, PolyMax™ PLA is hygroscopic so we recommend keeping this bag for filament storage.

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