Comparison
ABS and PLA plastic filaments are two of the most popular filament materials in the 3D printing market for their versatility, but each comes with its strengths and flaws. 

PLA

Extrude at about 220 ̊C


Benefits from UP’s heated bed (51 ̊C–105 ̊C)



Benefits greatly from cooling fan


Very firm bonding with Acrylic


Adheres well to a variety of surfaces



Very limited print quality


Very soluble over time


More brittle


Can be bonded using adhesives


Organic odor PLA is plant based



Plant-based


Biodegradable



Ideal for lost-wax casting, burns out cleanly, non-toxic if carbonized 

Consumables

* ABS recycling consists of re-pellatizing and re-extruding into stock filament for re-use

**Can be recycled as part of municipal recycling program 

ABS

Extrude at about 270 ̊C

Requires UP’s heated bed feature to prevent warping of larger parts (51 ̊C–105 ̊C)

Works well without cooling fan


Good bonding with Acrylic

Requires additional adhesion enhancing techniques such as UP Perf board, to prevent warping and peeling of larger parts

Capable of producing finely detailed prints

Resistant to water

More flexible, resilient and durable

Can be bonded using adhesives or solvents (Acetone or MEK)

Will produce strong odor if not specifically mated to extruder temperature settings. Genuine UP Fila runs virtually odor free on the UP extruder

Petroleum-based

Stable and long lasting. Will not break-down but can be recycled*/**

Ideal for working parts and functional prototypes 

Genuine UP Fila filaments are formulated to take full advantage of your UP printer.

Affordable and available in a variety of colors. 

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