Bambu PLA Aero

This is very interesting because the 3D printers causing a stir everywhere have been made by ex-DJI engineers, no not like those scam YouTube ads for cheap quads. So they really will know what is needed for flying things. This could be a bigger deal than it looks on the face of it. It could make Bambu Labs printers the 3D printer of choice for aero engineering departments around the world.

I will drop in the filament below this list of CV’s from Bambu Labs. This is much more than just another filament arriving on the market.

Dr. Tao, Ye CEO

Dr. Tao was the product manager of the groundbreaking Mavic Pro and then the head of DJI consumer drone department. Besides the managing role, he is an excellent engineer of both aerodynamics and motor design, and above all, a Maker that loves model aircraft. He received his PhD degree in fluid dynamics in Germany, during which won the Outstanding Student Presentation Award of American Geophysical Union.

Dr. Gao, Xiufeng CTO

Dr. Gao was the head of the System Engineering Department of DJI. Before joining DJI, he had 6 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He is specialized in embedded software systems and artificial intelligence. Dr. Gao received his PhD in automation in 2008.

Liu, Huaiyu COO

Previously the product manager of DJI goggles, digital FPV systems,s and FPV drones. Before joining DJI, he worked at Marvell semiconductor as a software manager to provide turnkey software solutions for all kinds of Google/Android TV products.

Chen, Zihan Chief Engineer

Chen Zihan was in charge of the DJI gimbal department and it was his algorithm that makes brushless gimbal feasible for massive production for the first time worldwide. He is a genius in motion control and active stabilization and no wonder he is the designer of the Active Vibration Compensation system.

Wu, Wei Senior Engineer

Wu Wei was a senior engineer of DJI. He participated in the software system design of Mavic Air 2 and the system design of DJI FPV remote controllers. Currently, he is contributing to the algorithm and software development of Micro Lidar.

The PLA bit

Bambu PLA Aero achieves low density and light weight by foaming at high temperatures during printing and creating small holes inside the prints. It’s the perfect choice for light-weight and energy-saving prints, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aerodynamic models, and gliders.

Foaming PLA materials (PLA Aero) have high requirements for material drying and parameter settings. Please carefully read Instructions for printing aircraft model with foaming PLA (PLA Aero) before starting the printing process.

Low Density and Light Weight

Bambu PLA Aero has almost the same filament density as regular PLA, while the prints density is only 50% to 80%.

PLA Aero rfid

* When printing models of the same volume, PLA Aero is about half the weight of PLA Basic.

Controllable Model Density

Achieve lower density of the prints by increasing printing temperature and lowering flow rate.

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* The average density of prints will vary with changes in parameters such as actual printing temperature, flow rate ratio, printing speed, model size, wall thickness and infill density.

Parameter SettingAverage Density
Printing TemperatureIncreases ↗Decreases ↘
Printing SpeedIncreases ↗Stable or Increases ↗
Flow Rate RatioIncreases ↗Increases ↗
Model SizeIncreases ↗Decreases ↘
Wall Thickness(Wall loops)Increases ↗Increases ↗
Infill DensityIncreases ↗Increases ↗

Tough with Good Impact Resistance

Compared to pre-foaming Wood PLA, Bambu PLA Aero and its prints are tougher and more resistant to impact, collision, and falling.

Matte Finish For Easy Coloring

Bambu PLA Aero provides an easy-to-color matte surface texture with better dyeing results as compared to PLA Basic.

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Parameters Comparison

Learn more different filaments comparison on Bambu Filament Guide >>

PLA BasicPLA Aero
Printing Temperature190 – 230 ℃210 – 260 ℃
Printing Speed< 300 mm/s< 250 mm/s
Flow Rate Ratio0.96 – 10.5 – 0.8
Filament Density1.24 g/cm³1.21 g/cm³
Foaming Rate/0 – 120%
Prints Density1.21 kg/m³0.55 – 1.05 kg/m³

Accessory Compatibility

RecommendedNot Recommended
Build PlateCool Plate, High Temperature Plate or Textured PEI Plate/
Hotend0.4 mm Nozzle (All type)0.6 mm / 0.8mm Nozzle
GlueBambu Liquid Glue
Glue Stick
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RFID for Intelligent Printing

All printing parameters are embedded in RFID, which can be read through our AMS (Automatic Material System).

Load and print! No more tedious setting steps.

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Recommended Printing Settings
Drying Settings before Printing80 °C,8 h
Printing and Keeping Container’s Humidity< 20% RH (Sealed, with Desiccant)
Nozzle Temperature210 – 260 °C
Bed Temperature (with Glue)35 – 45 °C
Printing Speed< 250 mm/s
Physical Properties
Density1.21 g/cm³
Vicar Softening Temperature56 °C
Heat Deflection Temperature54 °C
Melting Temperature154 °C
Melt Index5.0 ± 0.6 g/10 min
Mechanical Properties
Tensile Strength26 ± 2 MPa
Breaking Elongation Rate2.2 ± 0.8 %
Bending Modulus1960 ± 110 MPa
Bending Strength52 ± 3 MPa
Impact Strength24.5 ± 1.7 kJ/m²