Polycarbonate (PC) Thermoplastic

Accuracy, Durability and Strength for Tough Manufacturing Challenges

3D printing with PC (polycarbonate) offers production-grade thermoplastics with exceptional accuracy, durability, and stability. Create strong parts that can withstand functional testing.

Overview

Printing with PC (polycarbonate) empowers designers and engineers to utilize the freedom and flexibility of 3D printing with the reliability of industrial thermoplastic quality. Strong PC parts can be printed in-house giving manufacturers more opportunities for cutting costs, efficiency, and growth. PC’s high tensile and flexural strength make this material ideal for demanding prototype needs, tooling and fixtures, and patterns for metal bending and composite work. Work with absolute confidence with PC 3D printing.

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Material Performance

PC (polycarbonate) thermoplastic 3D printing materials is used widely across automotive, aerospace and medical industries. It’s high flexural and tensile strength make it ideal for rapid tooling, rapid prototyping, jigs, fixtures, and patterns for metal bending and composite work.

Material Properties Izod notch testing

IZOD IMPACT,
NOTCHED

73 J/m XZ axis
28 J/m ZX axis

Material Properties Heat Deflection

Heat Deflection
Temperature

138 °C

Material Properties Flexural Strength

Flexural
Strength

89 MPa XZ axis
68 MPa ZX axis

Material Properties Tensile Strength

Tensile
Strength

40 MPa XZ axis
30 MPa ZX axis

Material Highlights

Characteristics

  • Opaque
  • Heat-resistant
  • Strong
  • Durable
  • Dimensionally Stable

Options

  • Available in white
  • Break-away support material or
  • Dissolvable support material

Applications

  • Functional Prototyping
  • Jigs and FIxtures
  • Rapid Tooling
  • Manufacturing Tooling
  • Production Parts
  • Patterns for Metal Bending and Composite Work

Advantages

  • Superior Mechanical Properties
  • Accurate, reliable functional testing
  • Widely used material

Performance Scale

Material Colours

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Technical Specifications

Mechanical Properties  Test Method English XZ Axis English ZX Axis Metric XZ Axis Metric ZX Axis
Tensile Strength, Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 5,800 psi 4,300 psi 40 MPa 30 MPa
Tensile Strength, Ultimate (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)  ASTM D638 8,300 psi 6,100 psi 57 MPa 42 MPa
Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 282,000 psi 284,000 psi 1,944 MPa 1,958 MPa
Tensile Elongation at Break (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 4.8% 2.5% 4.8% 2.5%
Tensile Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D638 2.2% 2% 2.2% 2%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05”/min)  ASTM D790 13,000 psi 9,900 psi 89 MPa 68 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 291,000 psi 261,000 psi 2,006 MPa 1,800 MPa
Flexural Strain at Break (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 No Break 4% No Break 4%
IZOD Impact, notched (Method A, 23°C) ASTM D256 1.4 ft-lb/in 0.5 ft-lb/in 73 J/m 28 J/m
IZOD Impact, un-notched (Method A, 23°C) ASTM D256 16.4 ft-lb/in 3.5 ft-lb/in 877 J/m 187 J/m
Compressive Strength, Yield (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D695 10,000 psi 9,200 psi 69 MPa 64 MPa
Compressive Strength, Ultimate (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D695 28,000 psi 9,400 psi 193 MPa 65 MPa
Compressive Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D695 1,100,000 psi 227,000 psi 7,564 MPa 1,565 MPa
Thermal Properties Test Method English Metric
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi ASTM D648 280°F 138°C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi ASTM D648 261°F 127°C
Vicat Softening ASTM D1525 282°F 139°C
Glass Transition (Tg) DMA (SSYS) 322°F 161°C
Melting Point NA NA
Electrical Properties Test Method Value Range
Volume Resistivity ASTM D257 6.0×1013 – 2.0×1014 ohm-cm
Dielectric Constant ASTM D150-98 2.8 – 3.0
Dissipation Factor ASTM D150-98 .0005 – .0006
Dielectric Strength ASTM D149-09, Method A 80 – 360 V/mil
Other Test Method Value
Specific Gravity ASTM D792 1.2
Flame Classification UL94 HB
Rockwell Hardness ASTM D785 R115
UL File Number E345258

Applications

System Compatibility

Frotus 450mc 3D Printer

Fortus 450mc

Fortus 900mc