PLA is an environmental-friendly polymer originally derived from crops as maize.
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PLA is an environmental-friendly polymer originally derived from crops as maize. Different from ABS, PLA has a firm glass transition temperature, around 60 °C to 65°C , and requires a lower extruder temperature, around 180 °C to 200 °C . As for mechanical performance, PLA is dimensionally stable so that a heat bed can be eliminated, but PLA has a higher coefficient of friction at the same time so more adjustment is needed to avoid extruder jams.
Due to the different temperature requirements, make sure the extruder temperature is in the right range when shifting between ABS and PLA.