Polycarbonates (PC) are among the most widely used industrial thermoplastics owing to the material’s excellent impact strength and temperature resistance. The mechanical properties of PC make this material ideal for demanding engineering environments or applications requiring high flexural strength and tensile strength.

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Technical Specifications

Standard lead time Minimum of 5 working days, depending on part size, number of components and finishing degrees (online & offline orders)
Standard accuracy ± 0.15% (with lower limit on ± 0.2 mm)
Minimum wall thickness 1 mm
Layer thickness 0.18  - 0.25 mm
Maximum part dimensions 914 x 610 x 914 mm (offline orders)
406 x 355 x 406 mm (online orders)
Surface structure Unfinished parts typically have a rough surface but all kinds of fine finishes are possible.
FDM parts can be sandblasted, smoothed, colored/impregnated, painted and coated.

Datasheet

  Units ASTM# Range
Density g/cm³     1.2 
Tensile Strength MPa  D638   68 
Tensile Modulus MPa  D638   2280 
Flexural Strength MPa  D790   104 
Flexural Modulus MPa  D790  2234
Notched Izod Impact J/m  D256  53
Unnotched Izod Impact J/m  D256  320
Heat Deflection Temp °C D648  at 0.45 MPa: 138
at 1.81 MPa: 127 
Elongation at Break     4.8
Flame Retardancy   UL 94 HB 1.5 mm

Actual values may vary with build condition

Design Guidelines

We’ve put together our trusted tips, tricks and best practices to get you off to a solid start. If you’ve been wondering whether this material allows for interlocking parts or embossing, or if you just want to avoid common design mistakes, check out this handy design guide.

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How Does Fused Deposition Modeling Work?

FDM is a filament-based technology where a temperature-controlled head extrudes a thermoplastic material layer by layer onto a build platform. A support structure is created where needed and built in a water-soluble material.

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