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Eco-sustainable PLA with smooth matte surface finish and Jam-free™ technology / One tree planted for every spool purchased.

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Polymaker PolyTerra PLA Bioplastic

PolyTerra️ PLA is a bioplastic based 3D printing filament designed from the ground up to create a new generation of PLA filaments, providing ease of use, printing quality, speed and reliability. It is a sustainable product sourced naturally and for every spool produced a tree is planted to give back to the earth.



Features
 
  • Matte Surface & Fun Colours - Print parts with a beautiful matte surface finish and unleash your imagination with PolyTerra™ PLA's fun and vibrant colour range. PolyTerra™ PLA renders models with an excellent matte surface quality and features good overhang and bridging capability.
  • Optimized for Support - PolyTerra™ PLA has been engineered with excellent support removal properties, enabling users to more easily break away support or rafts from the surface of their prints.
  • Easy Sanding - PolyTerra™ PLA is softer and easier to sand in comparison to regular PLA filaments and can be easily painted.
  • Bioplastic PLA Formula - PolyTerra™ PLA is a newly developed material from Polymaker called FBC (Fully Bio Compound). It is a compound of high quality Ingeo PLA and compounded with naturally occurring elements. PLA is biodegradable under industrial composting conditions however the degradation rate is very slow in ambient temperatures.  Polymakers FBC formula ​contains less PLA plastic to degrade making PolyTerra™ PLA a more environmental friendly material.
  • Eco-sustainable Packaging & Carbon Offset – Polymaker are committed to helping combat plastic waste, as such PolyTerra™ PLA comes on a fully recycled cardboard spool with recycled labels and box. Furthermore, Polymaker will plant one tree in Australia through the ONETREEPLANTED association for every locally sold spool of PolyTerra™ PLA. 
  • Improved Ductility - PolyTerra™ PLA delivers improved ductility which is less brittle (Charpy Impact) in X-Y axis than standard PLA formulations.
  • Compatibility / Jam-Free™- PolyTerra™ PLA is compatible with a wide range of 3D printers and is manufactured with Polymakers  Jam-Free™ technology which leads to excellent printing quality with zero risk of nozzle jams caused by heat creep [1]. PolyTerra™ PLA works well on most printing surface with a thin layer of glue stick applied, no heated bed is required but can sometimes be used at 40 - 50°C for better results (maximum 60°C).
  • Uncompromised Quality - PolyTerra™ PLA filament is made with the highest quality ingredients including Ingeo® from Natureworks; a high quality PLA material produced from rapidly renewable plant resources in the US. 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] 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 100˚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 PolyTerra™ PLA, click the "Suggested Applications",  "Specifications & FAQ" and "Polymaker & Compostability" tabs.

Polymaker PLA Comparison

PolyTerra PLA

Compare PolyLite™, PolyTerra™, PolyMax™ and find the right PLA with the chart below. For further descriptions 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

PolyTerra PLA Application

With a cost-effective price and extensive colour range, PolyTerra™ PLA has quickly become one of our best selling PLA filaments; especially among hobbyists and educators who enjoy printing PLA but are looking for a more sustainable filament. The combination of Polymakers FBC formula, tree planting through ONETREEPLANTED and fully recycled cardboard packaging aim to help offer a more sustainable product and reduce on consumption of single use plastic waste.

Offering a new type of PLA filament, PolyTerra™ PLA is a popular choice for printing:

  • Trinkets and figurines.
  • Homewares and desk organizers.
  • Custom fashion accessories.
  • Replica props and display pieces.
  • Low cost cosplay pieces.
  • Medium - large tabletop buildings and scenery.
  • Various models which would typically be difficult to remove support from. (Not ideal for particularly thin or delicate features which could be broken during support removal)
  • Architectural models and educational models.

PolyTerra™ PLA has also seen adoption beyond the education and consumer market as a more sustainable alternative for various concept, design and prototyping applications. As we become more aware and considerate of our own consumption habits, many small businesses are looking for ways they can become more ethical and improve the sustainability of their products. While the end 3D printed product is inevitably plastic, PolyTerra™ PLA reduces plastic consumption with Polymakers FBC formula, cardboard spool and a step forward towards sustainable packaging.

Compared to regular PLA materials, PolyTerra™ PLA is softer, less brittle and more ductile. Ductility describes how a material breaks, if you flex the filament in your hands a ductile material is more likely to bend gradually in comparison to a brittle material which will suddenly snap. Although PolyTerra™ PLA isn't intended as a high strength material, its ductility can offer advantages for quite a few end-use applications.

In comparison with PLA and PLA+ materials like PolyLite™ PLA and PolyLite™ PLA Pro; PolyTerra™ PLA exhibits better support removal properties, enabling users to more easily break away support or rafts from the surface of their prints. Combined with great compatibility with sanding and painting, PolyTerra™ PLA has become a popular choice for printing relatively large scale table top models and cosplay pieces. This easy break away of supports correlates with lower inter-layer strength in the z-axis, so additional care may be required when handling thin or delicate features which have been printed vertically. If both sustainability of Polymakers FBC formula and strength are more important than support removal, we recommend considering PolyTerra PLA+ which is a strength optimized version of Polymakers FBC formula, prioritized for layer-adhesion over support removal.

For applications which require a PLA with particularly high mechanical properties, we recommend comparing PolyLite™ PLA (PLA), PolyLite™ PLA Pro (PLA+) which both offer higher tensile strength, rigidity and inter-layer adhesion than PolyTerra™ PLA or PolyTerra™ PLA+. If a multi-material printer is available, comparable support removal process to PolyTerra™ PLA can be achieved by printing these PolyLite™ PLA and PLA Pro materials with a dedicated support material such as PolySupport™ which has been designed to be easily removed from the model by hand.

Printing Settings
Nozzle Temperature 190°C - 230°C
Build Plate Temperature 25°C - 60°C*

*You may find lower bed temperatures (i.e 45°C) work better with PolyTerra™ PLA in comparison to higher temperatures.
Build Surface Material Compatible with most common build surfaces.
Build Surface Treatment Apply a thin layer of PVA or PVP glue stick.
Cooling Fan ON
Printing Speed 30 mm/s - 70 mm/s
Retraction The ideal retraction settings vary from printer to printer. If you find the retraction settings are causing gaps in your part, the following settings may help.
Direct Drive: Retraction distance of 0.5 - 1mm with retraction speed of 20mm/s
Bowden: Retraction distance of 2 - 3mm with retraction speed of 20 - 40mm/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.

To produce flatter more dimensionally accurate parts, PolyTerra™ PLA may work best on your printer with lower bed temperatures (i.e 45 - 50°C) compared to higher temperatures (i.e 55 - 60°C +) . 


Specification
Net Weight 1kg
Material Type Matte PLA (Fully Bio Compound)
Density 1.31 g/cm3 
Colour Hex Code: #775C50

Compatibility

PolyTerra™ PLA has been engineered with compatibility in mind to print excellently on a wide range of 3D printers. The Jam-Free™ technology implemented into PolyTerra™ 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 = 200˚C, build plate temperature = 60˚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 60.6°C DSC, 10°C/min
Heat Deflection Temperature

0.45 Mpa - 57.8°C
1.8 Mpa - 52°C

HDT Curve

ISO 75 0.45MPa
Vicat Softening Temperature 62.7°C ISO 306, GB/T 1633

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

  Value Testing Method
Youngs Modulus
(X-Y)
1882 ± 141 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Tensile Strength
(X-Y)
20.9 ± 2.0 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Bending Strength
(X-Y)
39.6 ± 1.1 MPa ISO 178, GB/T 9341
Charpy Impact Strength
(X-Y)
5.7 ± 0.4 kJ/m2 ISO 179, GB/T 9343

We have full MDS and technical data sheets for PolyTerra™ 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

Like other PLA filaments, PolyTerra™ PLA is susceptible to absorbing moisture from the air which can subsequently effect the print quality and mechanical properties of the final prints.

Before packaging, PolyTerra™ PLA is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use PolyTerra™ PLA should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag. We recommend storing PolyTerra™ 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 PolyTerra™ 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: 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: Is PolyTerra™️ PLA food safe?
A: Polymaker's PolyTerra™️ PLA is compliance with RoHS Directives 2011/65/EU and (EU) 2015/863 and REACH regulation, which means it does not contain toxic or harmful substance listed. However due to the nature of FDM 3D printing, the printed PolyTerra™️ PLA parts might have micro-cracks and holes which are invisible to the naked eye even though the prints look smooth. Bacteria are prone to grow in these micro-cracks and holes and thus we do not recommend to use the 3D printed parts in food contact applications.

Q: How long does it take for PolyTerra™️ PLA to degrade?
A: PolyTerra™️ PLA degrades under the specific conditions of industrial composting, namely, at certain temperature and humidity with the presence of micro-organisms. The degrade rate will depend on the size and thickness of the printed part. Polymaker has run a compostability test, certified to ISO 14855-1, with a third party laboratory that revealed PolyTerra™️ PLA degraded faster than a comparable PLA material. The test was completed by putting small pellets of PolyTerra™️ PLA in a 2-4 months old plant compost (including a wide variety of microorganisms) and heating up the system up to 60˚C. During this process the PolyTerra™️ PLA will start to decompose into carbon dioxide, water and mineral salts and the aforementioned elements are monitored in order to calculate the mass of PolyTerra™️ PLA degraded. After 45days, 93.6% of PolyTerra™️ PLA degraded and from Polymakers estimation it could take less than 100 days for PolyTerra™️ PLA to fully degrade. Polymaker ran the exact same test with their PolyLite™️ PLA which is a pure regular PLA and, after 45days, 79.9% of it degraded. Which means PolyTerra™️ PLA degrades up to 15% faster than regular PLA.

Q: What support materials can I use with this product?
A: PolyTerra™ PLA has been engineered with excellent support removal properties, enabling users to more easily break away support or rafts printed in PolyTerra™ PLA. Polymaker’s PolyDissolve™ S1 or PolySupport™ filament are the recommended support filaments for PolyTerra™ PLA if your machine is capable of multi-material printing. 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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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.

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 of PolyTerra™ PLA. Polymakers innovative R&D technologies, compounding and extrusion systems combined with Natureworks Ingeo resins produce a reliable 3D printing filament.

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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. 

PolyTerra™ PLA is a naturally sourced product and for every spool sold Polymaker want to give back to the earth by planting one tree through the ONETREEPLANTED association. Below you can see a breakdown of PolyTerra™ PLA's Carbon Footprint.

PolyTerra PLA Carbon Footprint

PolyTerra™ 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.

Polymaker PolyTerra PLA Bioplastic

PolyTerra™ PLA 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. PolyTerra™ 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, PolyTerra™ PLA is hygroscopic so we recommend keeping this bag for filament storage.


Commerical Compostability

PolyTerra™ PLA is a newly developed material from Polymaker called Fully Bio Compound (FBC) - a bioplastic mainly made with NatureWorks high quality Ingeo PLA and compounded with naturally occurring elements which reduces the plastic content of PolyTerra PLA by 15-20%. With this new formulation, Polymaker have improved the compostability rate of PLA to drive the global effort towards composting bioplastics in commercial composting facilities*.
*Commercial composting timescales are typically 8-10 weeks for PAS 100.

PolyTerra PLA Composting Steps

Polymaker ran a compostability test, certified to ISO 14855-1, with a third party laboratory that revealed thanks to the organic compounds, PolyTerra™ PLA degraded faster than a comparable PLA material. The test was completed by putting small pellets of PolyTerra™ PLA in a 2-4 months old plant compost (including a wide variety of microorganisms) and heating the system up to 60˚C. During this process the PolyTerra™ PLA will start to decompose into carbon dioxide, water and mineral salts and the aforementioned elements are monitored in order to calculate the mass of PolyTerra™ PLA degraded. 

After 45 days, 93.6% of PolyTerra PLA degraded and 79.9% of PolyLite PLA degraded. The testing demonstrated that PolyTerra™ PLA degraded up 15% faster than PolyLite™ PLA and from Polymakers estimation it could take less than 100 days for PolyTerra PLA to fully degrade.

PolyTerra PLA

Click here to see PolyTerra™ PLA test report.

Click here to see PolyLite™ PLA test report.

Please note that PolyTerra™ PLA degrades under the specific conditions of industrial composting, namely, at certain temperature and humidity with the presence of micro-organisms. The degrade rate will depend on the size and thickness of the printed part. When PolyTerra™ PLA is correctly composted, it breaks down into carbon dioxide, water, biomass and mineral salts of any other elements present. The material fully degrades with no toxic residues and the compost supports plant growth.

PolyTerra PLA Filament Composting Conditions

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