PC-ABS

 

STRATASYS FDM 3D Printing Material

PC-ABS

Engineering Thermoplastic Made For High-Impact and Heat Resistance

PC-ABS (polycarbonate-ABS) is a tough, durable, and heat-resistant 3D printing material from Stratasys. It is a high-impact engineering thermoplastic designed to work with FDM (Fused Depostiion Modeling) 3D printing technology and perfect for producing tooling, prototypes, and end-use parts or when heat-resistance and impact strength are important.

Overview

Featuring the best characteristics of PC and ABS, PC-ABS is a great FDM printing material for demanding applications like power-tool prototyping and industrial equipment manufacturing. Using real engineering thermoplastics,  print parts that are stronger for tooling and prototyping where exact material properties are needed for the best final product. PC-ABS features the strength and heat resistance of PC combined with the flexibility of ABS and is topped off with excellent feature definition and surface finishes.

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Understanding FDM 3D Printing Materials

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) has different materials for different projects. With material properties ranging in strength, chemical resistance, heat resistance, and certification it can be tough to know which one to choose. That’s why we created this guide to help make the best choice.

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Material Performance

PC-ABS is one of the most widely used industrial thermoplastics. PC-ABS offers the most desirable properties of both materials – the superior strength and heat resistance of PC and the flexibility of ABS.

Material Properties Izod notch testing

IZOD IMPACT,
NOTCHED

214 J/m XZ axis

Material Properties Heat Deflection

Heat Deflection
Temperature

110°C

Material Properties Flexural Strength

Flexural
Strength

59 MPa XZ axis
41 MPa ZX axis

Material Properties Tensile Strength

Tensile
Strength

29 MPa XZ axis
28 MPa ZX axis

Material Highlights

Characteristics

  • Opaque
  • Tough and durable
  • Heat-resistant
  • Dimensionally stable

Options

  • Available in Black only

Uses

  • Automotive parts and prototype, electronics and telecommunications
  • Functional prototypes
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Manufacturing tooling
  • Production parts

Advantages

  • Best impact resistance of any FDM material
  • Excellent feature definition and surface finish
  • Hands-free support removal

Performance Scale

Material Colours

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Technical Specifications

Mechanical Properties  Test Method English  Metric
Tensile Strength (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 5,900 psi 41 MPa
Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)  ASTM D638 278,000 psi 1,900 MPa
Tensile Elongation (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 6% 6%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 9,800 psi 68 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 280,000 psi 1,900 MPa
IZOD Impact, notched (Method A, 23°C) ASTM D256 3.7 ft-lb/in 196 J/m
IZOD Impact, un-notched (Method A, 23°C) ASTM D256 9 ft-lb/in 481 J/m
Thermal Properties Test Method English Metric
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi ASTM D648 230°F 110°C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi ASTM D648 205°F 96°C
Vicat Softening Temperature ASTM D1525 234°F 112°C
Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) DMA (SSYS) 257°F 125°C
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion 4.10 E -05 in/in/°F
Melt Point NA NA
Electrical Properties Test Method Value Range
Volume Resistivity ASTM D257 2.0x10e14 – 4.4x10e13 ohm-cm
Dielectric Constant ASTM D150-98 2.9 – 2.7
Dissipation Factor ASTM D150-98 .0035 – .0032
Dielectric Strength ASTM D149-09, Method A 340 – 90 V/mil
Other Test Method Value
Specific Gravity ASTM D792 1.10
Density ASTM D792 0.0397 lb/in3
Flame Classification UL94 HB
Rockwell Hardness ASTM D785 R110
UL File Number E345258

Applications

Functional Testing with 3D Printing

Functional Prototyping

Rapid prototype and build parts designed to be tested

Jigs and Fixtures with 3D Printing

Jigs and Fixtures

Design complex jigs and fixtures that are made to last

3D printing Production Parts

End-Use Parts

3D print parts that are strong and durable, and ready for the world

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