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PLA Tough

Tough like ABS, easy to print like PLA

Spectrum PLA Tough is a specially modified consumable material for 3D printing. Aimed at improving the properties of the material at the monomer level, the treatment has brought about an enormous range of applications. It is a perfect solution for printing functional components with mechanical properties close to those of ABS, while retaining the simple printing and low shrinkage of PLA.

The use of unique additives which modify the polymer structure made it possible to:

  • reduce shrinkage noticeably as compared to PLA-based classic materials. It will also allow you to print large-size items,
  • improve the adhesion of printed items to build platforms,
  • obtain a higher impact resistance of printed items as compared to their equivalents manufactured of ABS,
  • retain the high rigidity typical for items manufactured of PLA without admixtures,
  • eliminate the brittleness typical for printed items of PLA without admixtures. It also provides for improved adhesion between the material layers applied,
  • obtain more matte surfaces as compared to the unmodified PLA,
  • perform mechanical treatments of printed items which is difficult or impossible for standard PLA. Thus, you may grind, mill, drill, turn printed items,
  • eliminate toxic or noxious vapours typical for ABS printing, and exhibit the combined advantages of PLA and ABS, while maintaining full biodegradability.

Due to its characteristics, the filament Spectrum PLA Tough may be used in applications which require a high impact resistance and very low processing shrinkage of items and a high dimensional accuracy.

Available diameters:
  • 1.75mm
  • 2.85mm
Available weights:
  • 250g
  • 500g
  • 1000g
  • 2000g

Technical data

Available diameter:
1.75 / 2.85 [mm]
Available weight:
1000 [g]
Diameter tolerance:
+/- 0.05 [mm]
1.20 [g/cm3]
~0 [%]
Verify your spool:
YES (course of diameter ? graph - on the entire length of the spool, mean diameter, ovality, standard deviation individually for each manufactured spool)

How to use

Nozzle temperature:
Bed temperature:
Heated chamber:
Not required
Active cooling fan:
up to100%
Print speed:
40-130 mm/s
Retraction - direct:
1-3 mm
Retraction - bowden:
4-6 mm
Retraction speed:
25-45 mm/s

Material characteristics

  • excellent alternative for styrene-based materials
  • more reliable than ABS for large prints
  • higher impact resistance of printed items as compared to their equivalents manufactured of ABS
  • good for creating high-resolution parts
  • improved layer adhesion
  • more matte surfaces as compared to the unmodified PLA
  • low warping
  • more elastic than standard PLA


  • functional prototyping
  • functional tools
  • end-use parts
  • manufacturing aids
  • custom components
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Check the course of diameter on the entire length of the spool, ovality, mean diameter and standard deviation for each manufactured spool individually.

Where to buy

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A wide range of products

Wide portfolio consisting of over 50 filaments with a versatile range of properties and applications, divided into three segments: desktop easy-to-use, industrial grade and high performance.

High quality

Innovation, extrusion know-how and highest quality filaments are the pillars of Spectrum’s philosophy. Our team is working continously on the development of new materials and their applications.

European made

All filaments from our portfolio are in-house made. We use modern production lines equipped with non-standard solutions to obtain highest quality final product.

Professional technical support

Our qualified support team helps at every stage from material selection to the 3D printing process.

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