PLA is derived from cornstarch, sugar cane, and tapioca root, making it a bio-degradable plastic that emits a sweet popcorn-like aroma when heated. A type of biodegradable plastic derived from biological substances rather than from petroleum. The quality of PLA being more easily shaped or molded, and 100% eco-friendly,PLA is fairly strong, but may be more brittle depending on the object’s geometry, not require a heated build platform as compared to ABS (though one can be helpful). It most used for Medical, Education, Food and Life industry.
ABS(Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
While ABS is stronger and harder than PLA, it requires a higher melting point and consistent temperature distribution along the geometry of an object. As a result, a heated build platform is used to prevent uneven shrinkage, layer distortion, or warping.ABS is an extremely durable, reliable, and sturdy material used across multiple industries.
It often used for outdoor furniture, toys, consumer products, and other high impact applications.