PC (polycarbonate)

Production-grade Thermoplastic

A true industrial thermoplastic, PC (polycarbonate) is widely used in automotive, aerospace, medical and many other applications. PC offers accuracy, durability and stability, creating strong parts that withstand functional testing.

PC has superior mechanical properties to ABS and a number of other thermoplastics. When combined with a Stratasys 3D Printer, PC gives you strong parts for conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools, and production parts. PC runs the Xtend 500 Fortus Plus option, which enables more than 400 hours of unattended build time.

PC (polycarbonate) Material Properties

Behaviour and use

TENSILE STRENGTH

40 MPa XZ axis
30 MPa ZX axis

FLEXURAL STRENGTH

89 MPa XZ axis
68 MPa ZX axis

HDT @ 66 PSI

138°C

IZOD IMPACT, NOTCHED

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

Main Uses

Production-grade thermoplastic offering accuracy, durability and stability, creating strong parts that withstand functional testing.

Top Applications
  • Functional testing
  • Manufacturing tooling
  • Production parts

FDM Materials Profile

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FDM Material Applications

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PC (polycarbonate) Specification & Features

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES TEST METHOD ENGLISH METRIC
ZX Axis XZ Axis ZX Axis XZ 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 --------- Not Applicable Not Applicable

 

ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES TEST METHOD VALUE RANGE
Volume Resistivity ASTM D257 6.0x10 - 2.0x10 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
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion ASTM E831 3.8x10 in/in/°F
Rockwell Hardness ASTM D785 R115

 

SYSTEM AVAILABILITY LAYER THICKNESS CAPABILITY SUPPORT STRUCTURE AVAILABLE COLOURS
Fortus 380mc
Fortus 450mc
Stratays F900
0.013 inch (0.330 mm)
0.010 inch (0.254 mm)
0.007 inch (0.178 mm)
0.005 inch (0.127 mm)
Breakaway,
Soluble
White

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology

Advantages of 3D printing PC (polycarbonate) with a Stratasys FDM Machine

Tough long-lasting parts

FDM technology works with engineering-grade thermoplastics to build strong, long-lasting and dimensionally stable parts with the best accuracy and repeatability of any 3D printing technology. PC (polycarbonate) parts are tough enough to be used as advanced conceptual models, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and production parts.

Meet production demands

FDM systems are as versatile and durable as the parts they produce. Advanced FDM 3D Printers boast the largest build envelopes and material capacities in their class, delivering longer, uninterrupted build times, bigger parts and higher quantities than other additive manufacturing systems, delivering high throughput, duty cycles and utilization rates.

Gain new possibilities

FDM 3D Printers streamline processes from design through manufacturing, reducing costs and eliminating traditional barriers along the way. Industries can cut lead times and costs, products turn out better and get to market faster.

Compatible 3D Printers

Stratasys Machines that can print with PC (polycarbonate) material

Fortus 380mc

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.

Stratasys F900 Production Machine

Stratasys F900

The Stratasys F900 is the ultimate manufacturing-grade production 3D printer with the widest array of engineering-grade materials, maximum throughput, largest build platform, and highest accuracy.

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