Material of the Day: PLA Plastic By Alexander Mannheimer
Todays material of the day is PLA Plastic. PLA is short for polylactic acid and is used in the 3-D printing industry. This plastic is made from biodegradable material such as corn starch or sugar cane.
3D printing is a growing industry around the world and will change the way we can create products. As an industrial engineer focused on manufacturing, 3-D printing is a very important process to be familiar with. Manufacturers are spending a lot of time researching and developing ways that 3-D printing can be used. 3-D printing helps reduce cost, speed up prototyping, and provide a level of customizability never before seen in the industry. I hope to be apart of the innovation by helping companies utilize 3-D printers.
Advantages of using PLA plastic
PLA is made from renewable resources which makes it unique from other plastics. It is recyclable and renewable.
PLA can be made from Corn Starch, Tapioca Roots and Sugar Cane.