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.
Regular PLA materials show excellent tensile strength but parts are relatively brittle. 3D printed parts can easily crack if dropped and fine structures can easily snap off limiting the applications they can be used for. Thanks to Polymakers in-house developed Jam-Free™ and Nano-reinforcement technologies, PolyMax™ PLA can exhibit significantly improved toughness and mechanical performance with no compromise in printing quality.
Custom-fitted structural posthetics for patients printed in PolyMax™ PLA
PolyMax™ PLA exhibits 5 times improved toughness when compared to PolyLite™ PLA. In fact PolyMax™ PLA is up to 9 times tougher than some other brands of PLA. PolyMax™ PLA is the perfect candidate for applications requiring durability such as educational projects or applications in the professional environment where product design iteration requires a reliable prototyping process and a durable material.
From prototyping to production, Sarolea were empowered by PolyMax™ PLA for the prototyping stage of their Manx 7 electric superbike.
PolyMax™ PLA has been used around the world to print functional prototypes, prosthetics, lifestyle accessories and mechanical parts. 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.
Laura Jonas is a Czech company manufacturing unique fashion items with 3D printing and PolyMax™ PLA
Regular PLA materials are very stiff which can beneficial for many applications however this can make parts very brittle especially for applications requiring snap fit assemblies. PolyMax PLA is incredibly popular with users who have difficulty printing high temperature materials without warping but require a filament with the fracture toughness, impact resistance and ductility of an engineering material like ABS.
Post-processed and painted cosplay helmet 3D printed in PolyMax™ PLA
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 parts that require flat surfaces, hard angles, or tight tolerances for fit.
3D Printed Guitar / Designed by Michael Tyson and printed in PolyMax™ PLA
PolyMax™ PLA prints with excellent inter-layer adhesion and users with a dual extrusion 3D printer can print with support materials like 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.
The ductility of PolyMax™ PLA compared to other material types.
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.
Empowered from Natureworks Ingeo
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.
High quality raw ingredients are critical to manufacturing consistent and reliable filament, for this reason Polymaker partnered with NatureWorks and use Ingeo PLA resins as the core ingredient for their range of PLA filaments. Polymakers innovative R&D technologies, compounding and extrusion systems combined with Natureworks Ingeo resins produce a reliable 3D printing filament.
Polymakers Nano-reinforcement Technology
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 Jam-Free™ technology
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.
3kg Spool: PolyMax™ PLA is wound on Polymakers 3kg spools.
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
||Almost any surface (I.e Glass, Buildtak etc.)
|Build surface treatment
||None required, PVA glue or Magigoo Original applied 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™ LA, click to read one of our user guides or contact us.
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.
Moisture absorption in any 3D printing filament will lower the quality and the mechanical properties of the print. To eliminate the risk of moisture absorption over time, it is best practice to print filaments from the PolyBox™ or dry cabinet to keep the filament at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less).
If the filament does absorb moisture, spools of PolyMax™ 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)
||Nano-reinforcement and Jam-Free™ Technology
Data based on Polymakers internal testing of 3D printed specimens with PolyMax™ PLA.
|Young’s modulus (X-Y)
||1879 ± 109 Mpa
||ASTM D638 (ISO 527, GB/T 1040)
|Tensile strength (X-Y)
||28.1 ± 1.3 Mpa
||ASTM D638 (ISO 527, GB/T 1040)
|Bending strength (X-Y)
||48.0 ± 1.9 Mpa
||ASTMD790 (ISO 178, GB/T 9341)
|Charpy Impact strength (X-Y)
||12.2 ± 1.03 kJ/m2
||ASTM D256 (ISO 179, GB/T 1043)
All specimens were conditioned at room temperature for 24h prior to testing.
All testing specimens were printed under the following conditions:
Nozzle temperature = 205 °C, printing speed = 60 mm/s, build plate temperature = 40 °C, infill = 100%
|Glass Transition Temperature (tg)
||DSC, 10 °C/min
|Vicat Softening Temperature
||ASTM D1525 (ISO 306 GB/T 1633)
||DSC, 10 °C/min
We have full SDS 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 so many 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: If you are printing with multi-material capability, 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!