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3D printing in Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate is a strong and durable plastic that is highly resistant to heat. PC 3D printing is ideal for functional parts that need to withstand tough environments. 

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About PC

Polycarbonate (PC) is a thermoplastic known for its superior strength and durability. PC provides a balanced set of features that make it the ideal material for tough environments and a plethora of engineering applications. For instance, parts that are 3D printed in PC are often used for high heat applications since the material is highly resistant to heat and has a glass transition temperature of 121 degrees.

Other advantages of 3D printing in PC include extremely high resistance to impact and the combination of a great flexural and tensile strength. As a result, Polycarbonates can be bent at room temperature without breaking. The color of PC materials is usually transparent allowing it to be used in parts where it is necessary to visualize the flow of liquids.

Besides, the material has high electrical insulating characteristics and is lighter and less dense than ABS. Accuracy, stability and the ability to withstand functional testing are other traits to be expected from parts 3D printed in PC. Polycarbonates are being used in automotive, aerospace and medical applications for both functional prototypes and end parts.

Strengths

✦ Durable, strong material

✦ High impact and heat resistance

✦ Not electrical conductive

✦ Great flexural and tensile strenght

✦ High glass transition temperature

Weaknesses

✧ Parts can be wrap due to high printing temperature

✧ Performance can be affected if printing filaments are not stored in moisture free environments

COMMON APPLICATIONS OF Polycarbonate

– Manufacturing tools

– Functional prototypes

– Electronic components

Available technologies ON OUR PolyCarbonate 3D PRINT SERVICE

FDM

Fused Deposition Model produces strong, accurate and stable parts in a wide range of plastics.

CHARACTERISTICS OF 3D PRINTING IN PC

FDM

Max. Bed Size (mm)

1000x1000x1000 mm 

Max. Bed Size (in)

39.4×39.4×39.4 in

Layer Height

50-300 μm

Lead time

7 days

Accuracy

★★★☆☆

Smoothness

★★★☆☆

Flexibility

★☆☆☆☆

Rigidity

★★★☆☆

Biocompatible

No

Food Safe

Yes

Watertight

Yes

Recyclable

Yes

General technical data for 3D PRINTING IN Polycarbonate

Density

1.2 g/cm3

Young Modulus

1944 MPa

Yield Strength

40 MPa

UTS

57 MPa

Elongation at Break

200 %

Hardness

Rockwell R115

* These values are meant to give a general idea of the material. Actual values may vary according to chosen material brand, 3D print service and build condition. Please refer to the Beamler online quoting platform for actual technical data of each material brand. 

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