FDM Tutorial: Achieving Silky 3D Prints with Silk PLA

FDM 3D printing creates three-dimensional objects through the deposition of layers of material, the material used in this process is called filament. The most popular filament among 3D printing enthusiasts is PLA, which is very easy to use, an environmentally friendly material, and can be used in many applications such as rapid prototyping. Faced with a wide range of needs, PLA filaments not only have a variety of colors to choose from, but also has different types, such as: Silk PLA. Silk PLA can achieve extraordinary printing results, compared to standard PLA, and is often used to print decorations. This guide will introduce the characteristics of Silk PLA filament, and the use of it: printing settings of Silk PLA.


What is Silk PLA Filament

Silk PLA filament is a type of 3D printing material made by adding special additives (such as metallic particles) to PLA base material. Typically, Silk PLA has a shiny and silky appearance, and also has a soft and smooth texture similar to silk fabric, so it is called: silk PLA. Compared to traditional PLA, Silk PLA has stronger inter-layer adhesion, resulting in a smoother and more delicate surface of the printed model and a more obvious silk-like feel. These characteristics make Silk PLA filament very popular, it can be used in a wide range of applications and is an excellent choice for producing high quality and more attractive looking prints.


Characteristics of Silk PLA Filament

Silk touch, shiny appearance: Silk PLA has a shiny metallic appearance, silky touch and long-lasting luster. Leaves your prints with a soft touch and surprising look. The layering of Silk PLA prints is usually not obvious, so the less visible layer lines are also a big advantage.

Premium quality: The quality of filaments generally depends on the manufacturer. It is recommended that you choose a high-quality filament, such as Anycubic Silk PLA Filament, which has high elasticity and low shrinkage, creating a good effect for every print. It is vacuum-packed with smooth surface to avoid bubble and nozzle clogging.

Eco-friendly and biodegradable: Made from natural corn and grain, which well-known for their environmental friendly properties allowing the Anycubic Silk PLA filament to degrades naturally in nature.

Safe to use: Silk PLA is environmentally friendly and can be used indoors without harming the human body. For example, it does not produce a pungent odor like ABS and does not produce irritating smoke like some nylon materials.


Silk PLA Filament in Various Colors:

Anycubic Silk PLA is available in four colors, iridescent, silver, light gold and metallic blue, to meet different needs. The vibrant colors can enhance the visual appeal of 3D printed objects, giving 3D prints a unique and attractive appearance. You can select your preferred silk color from Anycubic official website, and try the Silk PLA for your next 3D printing project.

  • Rainbow Silk PLA
  • Silver Silk PLA
  • Light Gold Silk PLA
  • Metal Blue Silk PLA


Recommended Settings of Silk PLA Filament

It should be noted that due to the special properties of Silk PLA, it differs from regular PLA in some aspects. Therefore, some adjustments are required when printing with Silk PLA, such as increasing the nozzle and bed temperatures appropriately, adjusting the printing speed and infill density, etc.

Anycubic Silk PLA typically prints at around 200°C and is suitable for most 3D printers. Below are the specific product parameters and recommended print settings for Anycubic Silk PLA filament. With Anycubic Kobra 2 Pro, you can achieve the best printing effect. If you need a large-format fast 3D printer, choose Anycubic Kobra 2 Max and Plus with silk filament for beautiful prints, and a smooth and efficient printing experience.

Product Parameters of Anycubid Silk PLA:


Printing Parameter Suggestions of Anycubid Silk PLA:

Recommended Settings

Anycubic Silk PLA Filament

Optimize Wall Printing Order


Printing Temperature


Build Plate Temperature




Retraction Distance

8 mm

Retraction Speed

60 mm/s

Print Jerk

8 mm/s

How to Use Silk PLA Filament: Process and Tips

Usage Instructions of Silk PLA Filament

  1. Prepare the 3D model file and convert it into G-code that the printer can read using slicing software.
  2. Preheat the print head and load the filament into the extruder of the 3D printer, ensuring that the filament is not tangled and reaches the print head through the extruder. (Cut the filament head into a spire shape for easy penetration into the guide and feed motor bore.)
  3. Open the printer and adjust the appropriate print parameters, such as print temperature, print speed, layer height, and so on.
  4. Begin the printing process and continue until it is complete.

Extra attention needed:

When installing and replacing filaments, make sure to heat the print head (heated to above 230°C), otherwise the print head might get clogged.


Storage of PLA Filament

  1. Store the PLA filament in a dry, cool, and light-free place, avoiding direct sunlight or high temperature environments.
  2. It is best to place the PLA filament in a sealed bag or container and remove as much air as possible to prevent moisture and dust from entering.
  3. Before long-term storage, it is best to put the PLA filament back into its original packaging and seal it properly.

Proper usage and storage methods can help extend the lifespan of PLA material and maintain its printing quality.

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