Basic facts and tips for using and choosing ABS and PLA materials:

  Made from:

    ABS: Petroleum based

    PLA: Corn or other plants


    ABS: smell of hot plastic

    PLA: gives off a smell similar to semi-sweet cooking oil. A less intense smell than ABS

  Part Accuracy:

Both PLA and ABS are capable of building dimensionally accurate parts. However, there are certain characteristics that we need to keep in mind.

ABS: will be curling upwards of the surface in direct contact with the 3D printer’s print bed.  For fine and delicate features on parts involving sharp corners, such as gears, there will often be a slight rounding of the corner.

PLA: much less part warping. but it undergoes more of a phase-change when heated and becomes much more liquid. The  increased flow can also lead to stronger binding between layer.


ABS: categorized under recycling number 7, most local recycling programs do not accept ABS. It is generally being recycled into plastic lumber.

PLA: it is biodegradable. However, this process takes a long time when it’s outside of an industrial composting facility.

Why we provide vacuum sealed package for ABS and PLA products?

Long term exposure to a humid environment without sealed package may be detrimental both to the printing process and quality of the finished parts.

ABS: it tends to spurt and bubble from the tip of the nozzle and there is a reduction in printing, part accuracy, and strength. There is an increased risk of clogging the nozzle. ABS easily be dried with the use of dry or hot air.

PLA: it spurts and bubbles at the nozzle. When exposed in a moist environment for a long time, there is usually discoloration and a reduction in 3D printed part can be seen.

Improving the printing outcomes Blue tape and kapton tape pictures)

PLA: printing temperature approximately: 190°C - 240°C

ABS: printing temperature approximately: 225°C - 250°C (the use of a heated print bed is recommended)

  • A good first layer adhesion is of utmost importance in obtaining the best results for the prints.
  • Use Blue Tape or Kapton Tape.
  • Hairspray the print bed.
  • To attain optimal result for the prints, you need to consider various factors such as nozzel diameter, printing speed, and layer height.



  • Its strength, machine-ability, flexibility, and higher temperature resistance make it a preferred filaments for the prints for both engineering and professional purposes
  • The bad plastic smell is due to the petroleum based origin.
  • It requires a heated print bed to attain ABS printing reliability.


  • If offers a wide range of colors and also provide a translucency and glossy feel to the prints.
  • It is plant based and its semi-sweet corn like smelling are appreciated over ABS.
  • When properly cooled, PLA seems to offer a higher printing speeds, and sharper printed corners. Combining this with low warping on parts, it a popular plastic for household use, toys, hobbyists, and for educational purposes.