PC (polycarbonate)

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. It also has superior mechanical properties to ABS and a number of other thermoplastics. When combined with a Fortus 3D Production System, PC gives you strong parts for conceptual modelling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools, and end-use parts.

Rapid tooling, built to endure. By building parts in polycarbonate (PC), FDM Technology lets engineers and designers marry the speed and agility of 3D printing with the reliability of the most widely used industrial thermoplastic. With reliable FDM Technology producing strong PC parts in-house, manufacturers in automotive, commercial equipment and other industries gain the agility to seize more opportunities.

PC and FDM Technology produce functional prototypes, tooling and end-use parts in a familiar, durable engineering material. PC’s high tensile and flexural strength make it ideal for demanding prototyping needs, tooling and fixtures, and patterns for metal bending and composite work. Low-volume manufacturing and customization become feasible, and testing provides more confidence.

PC Materials

PC Mechanical Properties

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 D6384.80%2.50%4.80%2.50%
Tensile Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)ASTM D6382.20%2%2.20%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

PC Thermal Properties

Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psiASTM D648280ÁF138°C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psiASTM D648261°F127°C
Vicat SofteningASTM D1525282°F139°C
Glass Transition (Tg)DMA (SSYS)322°F161°C
Melting Point- - - - - - - - -Not Applicable3Not Applicable3

PC Electrical Properties

Volume ResistivityASTM D2576.0x1013 - 2.0x1014 ohm-cm
Dielectric ConstantASTM D150-982.8 - 3.0
Dissipation FactorASTM D150-98.0005 - .0006
Dielectric StrengthASTM D149-09, Method A80 - 360 V/mil

PC Other

Specific GravityASTM D7921.2
Flame ClassificationUL94HB
Coefficient of Thermal ExpansionASTM E8313.8x10-05 in/in/°F
Rockwell HardnessASTM D785R115
UL File Number- - - - - - - - -E345258

PC System Availability

Fortus 360mc™, Fortus 380mc™, Fortus 400mc™, Fortus 450mc™, Fortus 900mc™0.013 inch (0.330 mm), 0.010 inch (0.254 mm), 0.007 inch (0.178 mm), 0.005 inch (0.127 mm)5Breakaway, SolubleWhite
1. Build orientation is on side long edge.
2. Literature value unless otherwise noted.
3. Due to amorphous nature, material does not display a melting point.
4. All Electrical Property values were generated from the average of test plaques built with default part density (solid). Test plaques were 4.0 x 4.0 x 0.1 inches (102 x 102 x 2.5 mm) and were built both in the flat and vertical orientation. The range of values is mostly the result of the difference in properties of test plaques built in the flat vs. vertical orientation.
5. PC can attain 0.005 inch (0.127mm) layer thickness when used with SR-100 soluble support. 0.005 inch layer thickness is not available on the Fortus 900mc.

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