PC-ABS (polycarbonate-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.
PC-ABS blends are commonly used in automotive, electronics and telecommunications applications. Additionally, a PC-ABS part manufactured on a Fortus® or Stratasys F370™ 3D Printer is 5-60 percent stronger than a part made on previous FDM® systems. PC-ABS gives you conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools and production parts.
PC-ABS Material Properties
Behaviour and use
Production-grade thermoplastic offering the most desirable properties of both materials - the superior strength and heat resistance of PC and the flexibility of ABS. Material commonly used in the automotive, electronics and telecommunication industries.
- Conceptual modeling
- Functional prototyping
- Manufacturing aids and tools
- Production parts
FDM Material Applications
Learn how designers and engineers are using FDM Materials
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A Stratasys F123 series printer with GrabCAD Print™ software streamlines the shared workflow of a Design Firm and makes CAD even more responsive to fast-moving projects.
3D Printing a Space Vehicle for Mars Exploration
To design such a tenacious and specialized vehicle, NASA are 3D Printing Space Vehicle Parts. For example, about 70 of the parts that make up the rover were built digitally, directly from computer designs, in the heated chamber of a production-grade Stratasys 3D Printer.
Additive Manufacturing reduces fixture costs by 65%
Oreck uses PC thermoplastic to create custom assembly pallets for its commercial vacuum business. Oreck uses Additive Manufacturing extensively to produce prototypes, specialized assembly tools and CNC milling fixtures.
Reaching New Heights of Efficiency with Additive Manufacturing Tooling
GKN Aerospace Achieves Significant Savings with Additive Manufactured Tooling and Prototypes. GKN Aerospace (GKN) is a leading multi-technology tier one aerospace supplier, serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers.
Additive Manufacturing reduces Aerospace part lead time by 95%
Rapid Processing Solutions Inc. (Rapid PSI) is a contract manufacturer that specializes in Additive Manufacturing Aerospace parts. The company uses Stratasys 3D Production Systems to make production parts for most every large business jet manufacturer worldwide.
PC-ABS Specification & Features
|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||0.06||0.06|
|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|
|ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES||TEST METHOD||VALUE RANGE|
|Volume Resistivity||ASTM D257||2.0x1014 - 4.4x1013 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|
|Specific Gravity||ASTM D792||1.1|
|Density||ASTM D792||0.0397 lb/in3|
|Rockwell Hardness||ASTM D785||R110|
|SYSTEM AVAILABILITY||LAYER THICKNESS||SUPPORT STRUCTURE||AVAILABLE COLOURS|
Stratasys F123 (F370)
|0.013 inch (0.330 mm)|
0.010 inch (0.254 mm)
0.007 inch (0.178 mm)
0.005 inch (0.127 mm)
Compatible 3D Printers
Stratasys Machines that can print with PC-ABS material
The Stratasys F123 series combines powerful FDM technology with design to print GrabCAD software for the most versatile and intelligent solution available
Fortus 380mc / 450mc
A workhorse 3D printer for engineers that require demanding flexibility to print larger-sized or many parts in an array of engineering-grade materials with high speed and unfailing throughput.
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