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3D Universe PLA Filament

At 3D Universe, we are now offering a new, high-end 3D printing PLA filament. The complete filament line of 750g PLA is available in an assortment of 27 different colors. We've had this in the works for a while, now, so we're very excited - to say the least!

Safe, Earth-Friendly 3D Printing

3D Universe PLA is made from Polylactic Acid, a plant-based thermoplastic which is 100% biodegradable. While not food safe, it is non-toxic. For most people that are new to 3D Printing, it's highly recommended to start printing with PLA before moving on to more exotic materials.

High Standards of Quality

Having close to 30 years of experience manufacturing a very diverse array of plastics, our manufacturer has the process knowledge required to produce high-end filaments. Our PLA has a diameter tolerance of +/- 0.08 mm, which ensures a consistent flow rate. The filament is tightly wound to guard against tangling and each spool is shipped in air-tight packaging to shield against the elements.

Made in the U.S.A. with Artist-friendly Prices

Because our filament is manufactured in the United States, our actual costs are significantly lower. The quality level is exceptionally close to that of European-imported filaments, but far more cost-effective.

Works With 3D Printers That Accept 2.85 mm or 3.0 mm

3D Universe PLA is designed for printers that work with standard 2.85 mm and up to 3.00 mm size filaments. This includes, but is not limited to:

We have personally tested this filament on the Ultimaker 2+, Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker S5 and are absolutely pleased with the results.

Works With 3D Printers That Accept 2.85 mm or 3.0 mm

There is some confusion surrounding 2.85 mm vs 3.0 mm filament. The truth is, all 3D printer filament labeled as 3mm used to be 2.85mm in diameter and was just called 3mm for convenience. But more recently, some filament manufacturers have misunderstood this and as a result, have produced materials with a 3mm diameter. When in doubt, be sure to measure with digital calipers.

3D Universe filament is truly 2.85 mm in diameter, with a tolerance of +/- .08 mm. Therefore, it works exceptionally well in Ultimaker printers, as well as other printers designed for 2.85 mm filament, such as LulzBot 3D Printers. Simply configure your slicing software for a filament diameter of 2.85 mm and you can expect optimal results.

Physical Properties

Tensile Strength @ Break: 7700 PSI

Yield Strength: 8700 PSI

Tensile Elongation: 6%

Sample Print Gallery

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Material Type Properties Common Uses Extruder Temp Bed Temp Bed Adhesion Shop for Material


(Polylactic Acid)

  • Easy to print with
  • Minimal warping
  • High degree of part accuracy
  • Earth-friendly material
  • Pleasant semi-sweet smell
  • Cosmetic prints
  • Prototypes
  • Low-stress applications


40-60C (optional)

Blue painter's tape, glass with coating of hairspray, or glass with a thin coating of PVA glue


(Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

  • Strong and slightly flexible
  • Wear resistant
  • Requires heated bed
  • Prone to cracking, delamination, and warping
  • Can be post-processed using acetone vapor
  • Prototypes
  • Mechanical parts
  • Engineering



Kapton tape, glass with a coating of ABS juice (ABS / acetone slurry), or hairspray


(Polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified)

  • Durable and strong
  • Easy to print with
  • Low thermal shrinkage
  • Stronger and more temperature resistant than PLA
  • General purpose 3D printing
  • Heavy use prints
  • Engineering and industrial prototyping



Glass with hairspray or painter's tape



  • Industrial-grade impact and abrasion resistance
  • Durable
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • Low friction coefficient
  • Good corrosion resistance to alkalis and organic chemicals
  • Functional prototypes
  • End-use parts



Glass with a thin coating of PVA glue


  • High strength
  • Temperature resistant
  • Flame retardant
  • Dimensionally stable
  • Strong inter-layer bonding
  • Prototypes
  • End use products
  • Parts requiring high strength/toughness
  • Parts operating in high temperature environments



Ultimaker adhesion sheets or glass with thin coating of glue stick / PVA glue


(Thermoplastic Polyurethane)

  • Highly flexible
  • Qualities of both rubber and plastic
  • Chemical resistant
  • End use parts requiring flexibility and/or chemical resistance
  • Wearables


No heat

Glass (no adhesives required)


  • Durable with high toughness and fatigue resistance
  • Low friction and smooth surfaces
  • Semi-flexible
  • Chemical resistance and electrical resistance
  • Prototypes
  • End use products
  • Electrical components
  • Living hinges



Ultimaker adhesion sheets or clear packaging tape


(Polyvinyl alcohol)

  • Water soluble (no chemicals required)
  • Used primarily as support material in dual extrusion printing
  • Biodegradable with no hazardous by-products
  • Sensitive to moisture absorption - store it in a dry place with dessicant
  • Complex models that require supports for large overhangs, deep internal cavities, and intricate geometries




Refer to our complete Filament Guide for details about additional materials


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