How to print with BCN3D PLA

The easiest filament to print, ideal for prototyping. PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a biodegradable, sustainable, and food-safe polymer made from organic sources. In this article, you will find the basic information to print with BCN3D PLA






What is the PLA?


The PLA is the most commonly used filament in FFF 3D printers for its ease of use and wide range of applications, especially those not mechanically or thermally demanding.

Definitely, it is a good starting point to learn about the 3D Printing manufacturing process.

BCN3D PLA filament has been developed to guarantee a perfect performance when used with full metal hotends.

You can purchase PLA in 12 different colors and 2 spool sizes (750gr or 2300gr) from our store.

Properties of the BCN3D PLA

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  • Detailed and glossy surface quality
  • Good flexibility
  • Rigid, fragile behavior
  • Good UV resistance
  • Low solvent and water resistance
  • Withstand operating temperatures up to 50°C
  • Odor-free, ideal for educational and office environments
  • Compatible with PVA and BVOH supports 

BCN3D PLA compatibility with BCN3D printers / hotends

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0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1 0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1 0.4 /0.8 0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1 0.4 / 0.6 / 0.8 / 1

Supported materials combinations

The BCN3D PLA is compatible with the following BCN3D Filaments.

Standard materials
PLA  TPU  PVA  BVOH  TPLA  PET-G e-experimental      
Technical materials
ABS e-experimental PA  PP                   
Composite materials
PAHT CF15  PP GF30  PET CF15  316L 17-4 PH   

PLA printing settings - 0.4 mm nozzle

Extruder temperature 210°C
Build plate temperature

Enclosed models 45ºC

Open models 60ºC 

Speed 50 mm/s
Retraction speed  35 mm/s
Retraction distance  6.5 mm
Cooling fan 100%
Minimum layer height 0.15mm
  • Note: These settings are from the recommended profile for the BCN3D PLA. BCN3D Lab develops specific configurations for each material and printer. Be sure to use the latest BCN3D Stratos version.

Build plate adhesion

Apply a fine and even layer of Magigoo glue to achieve a good adhesion between the 3D printed part and the printing surface of your 3D printer in order to keep the part fixed.

It is best to apply Magigoo when the printing bed is cool.

Is recommended to use Brim or Skirt as build plate adhesion to ensure that the first layer is correctly printed and attached to the printing surface.



Plastics absorb moisture from the air. When not printing for extended periods of time, it is recommended to keep the PLA spools in a box or airtight container with desiccant to keep them dry.

PLA emits low levels of gas and particles when printing. We recommend printing it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.

Remember to clean the hotend if you have changed the material to PLA to avoid clogs in the hotend. Due to the low printing temperature 

Digital documentation of the BCN3D PLA

Here you can find and download the Technical data and the Safety data sheets of our PLA:


Technical data sheet


Safety data sheet

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