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ABS vs. PLA

Both ABS and PLA are thermoplastics. There are 11 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (13, in this case) are not shown.

For each property being compared, the top bar is ABS and the bottom bar is PLA.

Mechanical Properties

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus, GPa 2.0 to 2.6
3.5
Elongation at Break, % 3.5 to 50
6.0
Flexural Modulus, GPa 2.1 to 7.6
4.0
Flexural Strength, MPa 72 to 97
80
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 37 to 110
50

Thermal Properties

Heat Deflection Temperature At 455 kPa (66 psi), °C 83 to 110
65

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Density, g/cm3 1.0 to 1.4
1.3

Common Calculations

Stiffness to Weight: Axial, points 0.79 to 1.4
1.6
Stiffness to Weight: Bending, points 30 to 44
40
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 10 to 22
11
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 24 to 37
24