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The Benefits and Limitations of PLA 3D Printing: A Guide by Taro Industries

The Benefits and Limitations of PLA 3D Printing: A Guide by Taro Industries

PLA (polylactic acid) is a type of bioplastic that is made from renewable, sustainable sources such as corn starch, sugarcane, and cassava root. Unlike traditional petroleum-based plastics, PLA is biodegradable and compostable under certain conditions.

Biodegradability

PLA is biodegradable under specific conditions, such as high heat and humidity, or in industrial composting facilities. When PLA is composted, it breaks down into natural substances such as carbon dioxide, water, and organic matter. This means that PLA products do not contribute to plastic pollution in the same way that traditional plastics do.

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Limitations

While PLA has many benefits, it also has some limitations. For example, PLA is not as strong or durable as other plastics, and it can be prone to warping and cracking if not printed with the correct settings. Additionally, PLA is not suitable for all types of applications, such as those requiring high temperatures or exposure to harsh chemicals.

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Why Taro Industries Only Prints in PLA

At Taro Industries, we believe in using sustainable and eco-friendly materials whenever possible. That's why we exclusively use PLA for all of our 3D printing projects. Not only is PLA biodegradable and compostable, but it also produces less harmful fumes when melted compared to other types of plastics. This means that PLA is not only better for the environment, but also for our health and safety.

Conclusion

PLA is a versatile and sustainable material that has many benefits for 3D printing and other applications. While it does have some limitations, PLA's biodegradability and eco-friendliness make it a popular choice for those looking to reduce their environmental impact. It's not the be all end all for our plastic problems, but it's a

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