Check out Lime Design 3D printed business cards we printed on our Ultimaker 2. We printed in PLA plastic. These aren’t your standard business cards. We wanted to put our 3D printer to work so we made a short run of 100 pieces. We only give them out to clients and friends we would like to impress.
What is PLA plastic?
Polylactic acid (PLA) is a bio-degradable thermal plastic polymer that can be produced from lactic acid, which can be fermented from crops such as maize.
This makes it an ideal candidate for use in certain energy rich, cash poor areas of the world.
PLA is harder than ABS, melts at a lower temperature (around 180°C to 220°C), and has a glass transition temperature between 60-65 °C, so is potentially a very useful material. It does exhibit higher friction than ABS however which can make it difficult to extrude and more susceptible to extruder jams.
…Renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the United States and Canada), tapioca roots, chips or starch (mostly in Asia), or sugarcane (in the rest of the world). In 2010, PLA had the second highest consumption volume of any bioplastic of the world.