PolyTerra️ PLA is a bioplastic based 3D printing filament designed from the ground up to create the next generation of PLA, 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.
- 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 excellent surface quality and features great overhang and bridging capability.
- Eco-sustainable Packaging – Polymaker are commitment 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.
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- Optimized for Support - Polymaker have engineered PolyTerra™ PLA with excellent support removal properties, enabling users to more easily break away support or rafts from the surface of their prints.
- Jam-Free™ Technology - Polymaker have implemented their Jam-Free™ technology into PolyTerra™ PLA to improve the heat stability of the filament with softening temperatures over 100 °C. As a result, PolyTerra™ PLA filament shows 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.
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- Bioplastic PLA Formula - PolyTerra™ PLA is a newly developed PLA material from Polymaker called Fully Bio Compound (FBC) - a bioplastic mainly made with high quality US-made Ingeo PLA high quality Ingeo PLA and compounded with naturally occurring elements. Ultimately these innovations result in an excellent, easy to print 3D printing material which uses less PLA plastic without compromising performance.
Click here or the "Compostability" tab to learn about commercial composting and the benefits PolyTerra PLA™ offers.
- Improved Impact Resistance - The next generation formulation of PolyTerra™ PLA delivers parts with good mechanical properties, outperforming regular PLA filament in impact resistance. The improved impact resistance of PolyTerra™ PLA makes it a great choice for 3D printing hobby and education projects.
- Compatibility In Mind - PolyTerra™ PLA is compatible with a wide range of 3D printers including models from Ultimaker, Makerbot, FlashForge, Creality, Monoprice, Lulzbot, Prusa Research, Raise3D, Tiertime, and other popular extrusion based 3D printers (Heated bed may be required in some cases). Works well with common printing surfaces with no heated bed 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.
To learn more about PolyTerra™ PLA, click the "Why people are using it", "Carbon Footprint, Compostability, 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 due to its incredible ease of use, wide colour range and low cost.
PolyTerra™ PLA delivers the next generation of PLA 3D printing; combining PLA, a bioplastic that is already popular in 3D printing with other naturally occurring biocompound elements.
- Eco-sustainable - Box and spool manufactured using recycled material, Polymaker are planting one tree for every spool sold.
- Polymakers bioplastic PLA formula uses 40% less PLA plastic and delivers improved toughness.
- Vibrant colour range and matte surface finish.
- Features Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology to prevent heat creep related jamming.
- Improved support removal properties compared to PLA.
- Minimal printing requirements.
- Exhibits excellent dimensional stability for large 3d printing projects.
PolyTerra™ PLA offers a more eco-sustainable alternative to traditional PLA filaments. To help combat plastic waste, 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. Click the "Carbon Footprint" tab to learn about this products carbon footprint.
Polymakers new bioplastic formula delivers a material capable of printing high quality and detailed models with ease. The matte surface finish of PolyTerra™ PLA renders parts with an attractive smooth surface finish, and the wide range of available colours make PolyTerra™ PLA an excellent all-rounder for demonstration models, home gadgets, fashion accessories, toys and trinkets requiring a clean and vibrant look.
Laura Jonas is a Czech company manufacturing unique fashion items with 3D printing and PolyTerra™ PLA filament.
PLA is already recognized as one of the most beginner friendly materials but with some 3D printers susceptible to heat creep, that reliable experience with 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. As a result, PolyTerra™ PLA shows 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.
Most PLA filaments show excellent stiffness and rigidity however 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. The biocompound elements in PolyTerra™ PLA result in a tougher PLA material, without compromising print quality.
PolyTerra™ PLA also exhibits better support removal properties, enabling users to more easily break away support or rafts from the surface of their prints. For users capable of multi-material 3D printing, PolyTerra™ PLA can also be used to 3D print complex geometry with dedicated support materials such as Polymakers PolyDissolve™ S1 and PolySupport™. PolyLite™ 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.
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.
Product Carbon Footprint
Polymaker is committed to helping combat plastic waste and PolyTerra™ PLA is the first step taken towards creating more eco-sustainable products. Here you can see how PolyTerra™ PLA recycled cardboard packaging helps avoid plastic waste and helps the planet by having negative carbon footprint.
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 a 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.
How is PLA made?
Abundant and rapidly renewable plant resources capture and sequester atmospheric carbon over their growing season, producing simple sugars via the process of photosynthesis. Through a process of fermentation and separation, these harvested plant sugars are converted into lactic acid. A lactic acid building block is transformed into Ingeo, a performance thermoplastic with physical characteristics and performance tailored for filament production and printing.
Carbon Footprint of Natureworks Ingeo PLA resin, used in the manufacture of PolyTerra™ PLA filament.
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 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.
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.
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.
Polymakers patented Jam-Free™ technology dramatically improves the heat stability of PolyTerra™ PLA filament, by combining the latest development in biopolymer formulation and advanced polymer processing technologies. As a result, PolyTerra™ PLA filament exhibits a high softening temperature of more than 100 °C, 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 PolyTerra™ PLA exhibit normal thermal properties and heat resistance.
Industry Leading Quality Control
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.
Carton Spool: PolyTerra™ PLA is wound on Polymakers 1kg carton spools, manufactured from recycled materials. 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.
Resealable Bag: PolyTerra™ PLA 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 using this bag for filament storage.
||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
||Works well with most build surfaces i.e Glass, Blue Tape, BuildTak® etc
|Build Surface Treatment
||Typically none required. Some surfaces work well with PVA glue stick.
||30 mm/s - 70 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 PolyTerra™ PLA, click to read our starters guide to 3d printing most filament types or contact us!
||Features Polymakers Jam-Free™ Technology
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.
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.
|Heat Deflection Temperature 0.45 MPa
|ISO 75 0.45MPa
|Heat Deflection Temperature 1.8 MPa
||ISO 75 1.8MPa
|Vicat Softening Temperature
||ISO 306, GB/T 1633
|1882 ± 141 MPa
||ISO 527, GB/T 1040
|20.9 ± 2.0 MPa
||ISO 527, GB/T 1040
|39.6 ± 1.1 MPa
||ISO 178, GB/T 9341
|Charpy Impact Strength
|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.
Q: How does PolyTerra™ PLA compare to other PLA materials?
A: Compared to PolyLite™ PLA, we find PolyTerra™ PLA works best on most machines with lower bed temperatures around 40 - 50˚C. Unlike most PLA filaments which typically display a shiny surface finish, PolyTerra™ PLA renders parts with a very smooth matte surface finish. PolyTerra™ PLA has been specifically engineered to further improve upon PLA's ease-of-use; 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. PolyTerra™ PLA is also offers improved toughness compared to other PLA filaments also offers better support removal characteristics.
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: 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 PolyTerra™ PLA. 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 PolyTerra™ 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!