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 Mechanical Properties
|MECHANICAL PROPERTIES1||TEST METHOD||XZ AXIS (ENG)||ZX AXIS (ENG)||XZ AXIS (METRICS)||ZX AXIS (METRICS)|
|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||4.80%||2.50%||4.80%||2.50%|
|Tensile Elongation at Yield (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min)||ASTM D638||2.20%||2%||2.20%||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|
PC Thermal Properties
|THERMAL PROPERTIES2||TEST METHOD||ENGLISH||METRIC|
|Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi||ASTM D648||280ÁF||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 Applicable3||Not Applicable3|
PC Electrical Properties
|ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES4||TEST METHOD||VALUE RANGE|
|Volume Resistivity||ASTM D257||6.0x1013 - 2.0x1014 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|
|Specific Gravity||ASTM D792||1.2|
|Coefficient of Thermal Expansion||ASTM E831||3.8x10-05 in/in/°F|
|Rockwell Hardness||ASTM D785||R115|
|UL File Number||- - - - - - - - -||E345258|
PC System Availability
|SYSTEM AVAILABILITY||LAYER THICKNESS CAPABILITY||SUPPORT STRUCTURE||AVAILABLE COLORS|
|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)5||Breakaway, Soluble||White|
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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