PolyLite™ CosPLA is a special PLA formula designed for cosplay props application. It has been enhanced for ease of sanding, durability and paint-ability.
Both version of the formula feature more durability and ease of sanding compare to regular PLA, additionally:
Version A displays an even easier sand-ability and paint-ability.
Version B displays an even higher durability.
After a couple of formula iteration, we developed a PolyLite™ CosPLA which was able to outperform the durability of regular PLA while being much easier to sand and paint. However we found a way to improve the sand-ability even more and another way to almost double the toughness of the material. Unfortunately we could not implement both technology at the same time, therefore we decided to go ahead and release two version:
Version A with the first technology improvement to enhance the sand-ability even more.
Version B with the second technology improvement to enhance the durability even more.
It is important to note that BOTH displays better durability and sand-ability than regular PLA while being easier to paint.
Printing Temperature: 190˚C - 220˚C
Bed Temperature: 30˚C - 60˚C
Printing Speed: 30mm/s - 70mm/s
Retraction Distance: 1mm
Retraction Speed: 30mm/s
Retraction Distance: 3mm
Retraction Speed: 60mm/s
Drying Settings: 55˚C for 6h
(Only if the material has absorbed moisture)
During our market research we found 4 needs for cosplay applications:
(sorted by priority)
- Heat resistance
Although PolyLite™ CosPLA solves the 3 most important needs, it keeps the same temperature resistance as regular PLA (~60˚C).
We have different formula which do increase the heat resistance but significantly compromise on the ease of printing. (which is often the case for 3D printing material: ease of printing and heat resistance are the 2 main properties which we all want in the same material but is the most challenging to develop).
As a result, as we already formulated a very high quality ABS with great printability and dimensional stability, we would like to suggest our PolyLite™ ABS for cosplay application requiring high heat resistance. (it also displays durability and sand-ability).
As an alternative we can also recommend PolyLite™ ASA which displays the same feature as PolyLite™ ABS with an additional resistance to weather.
"It prints just like PLA but sands easier! I normally spray paint PLA with filler primer before sanding but this allows for the option of sanding first."
"The sanding for Version A was a breeze compared to normal pla and I feel it's plenty strong for props. Version B was stronger but I the ease of use and the finished quality of Version A outweighs the extra strength of Version B."
"I prefer to have cosplay pieces be primed in grey so the fact that it is already grey makes my job a little easier."
"Less stringy than regular Pla"
"It prints just as easily as PLA."
"Easier to sand and ready to paint with out primer"
"Prints very smooth.."
"Easily printable, didn’t change any settings and the filament performed beautifully."
"The color is really nice to work with also."
"For Version B i accidently printed it at petg temps and it printed just fine"