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 MethodEnglish XZ AxisEnglish ZX AxisMetric XZ AxisMetric ZX Axis
Tensile Strength, Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D6385,800 psi4,300 psi40 MPa30 MPa
Tensile Strength, Ultimate (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min) ASTM D6388,300 psi6,100 psi57 MPa42 MPa
Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D638282,000 psi284,000 psi1,944 MPa1,958 MPa
Tensile Elongation at Break (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D6384.8%2.5%4.8%2.5%
Tensile Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125”, 0.2”/min)ASTM D6382.2%2%2.2%2%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D79013,000 psi9,900 psi89 MPa68 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D790291,000 psi261,000 psi2,006 MPa1,800 MPa
Flexural Strain at Break (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D790No Break4%No Break4%
IZOD Impact, notched (Method A, 23°C)ASTM D2561.4 ft-lb/in0.5 ft-lb/in73 J/m28 J/m
IZOD Impact, un-notched (Method A, 23°C)ASTM D25616.4 ft-lb/in3.5 ft-lb/in877 J/m187 J/m
Compressive Strength, Yield (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D69510,000 psi9,200 psi69 MPa64 MPa
Compressive Strength, Ultimate (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D69528,000 psi9,400 psi193 MPa65 MPa
Compressive Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min)ASTM D6951,100,000 psi227,000 psi7,564 MPa1,565 MPa
Thermal PropertiesTest MethodEnglishMetric
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psiASTM D648280°F138°C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psiASTM D648261°F127°C
Vicat SofteningASTM D1525282°F139°C
Glass Transition (Tg)DMA (SSYS)322°F161°C
Melting PointNANA
Electrical PropertiesTest MethodValue Range
Volume ResistivityASTM D2576.0×1013 – 2.0×1014 ohm-cm
Dielectric ConstantASTM D150-982.8 – 3.0
Dissipation FactorASTM D150-98.0005 – .0006
Dielectric StrengthASTM D149-09, Method A80 – 360 V/mil
OtherTest MethodValue
Specific GravityASTM D7921.2
Flame ClassificationUL94HB
Rockwell HardnessASTM D785R115
UL File NumberE345258

Applications

System Compatibility

Frotus 450mc 3D Printer

Fortus 450mc

Fortus 900mc