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Any reason to prefer Tough PLA over ColorFabb PLA/PHA for every day printing?

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Posted · Any reason to prefer Tough PLA over ColorFabb PLA/PHA for every day printing?

I've been using ColorFabb PLA/PHA for every day printing on my UMO for a while now. I like the reduced brittleness and increased toughness and it's all been high quality.

 

UM included a roll of Tough PLA with my S5, and so far it seems nice as well, but I'm not familiar enough with it yet to make a detailed comparison.

 

Has anybody found any significant advantages for one over the other?

 

I need to buy some more filament soon in different colors and I was planning to stick with PLA/PHA for my everyday printing needs because I'm familiar with it, it's a little cheaper, and it comes in many more colors, but I thought I'd check in here to see if anybody had any compelling reasons to switch.

 

 

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Posted · Any reason to prefer Tough PLA over ColorFabb PLA/PHA for every day printing?

It depends on your needs, colorFabb PLA/PHA is like normal PLA, ToughPLA is stronger, like ABS, but with the drawback that it has the same heat resistance as PLA. 

 

If you print parts which don't need to be strong, go with normal PLA, if you print functional parts use ToughPLA. Keep also in mind that ToughPLA is only available in a few colors from UM. But you can also check out PolyMax PLA, which is a similar material and available in more colors.

 

UM ToughPLA has been experiencing a supply bottleneck for months, so consider that, it can be hard to get new spools, especially the white and black.

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