3D Printing with Polycarbonate

3D printed polycarbonate (PC) produces excellent shock resistant and transparent parts. It is a light and resistant thermoplastic material ideal for a range of professional applications. However, parts printed with PC can absorb moisture if in contact with water and are not hugely resistant to the elements, so it is not the best material for outdoor use.

 

3D PC production process

PC is considered to be a technical plastic so must be processed in professional 3D printers in which the printing chamber can be heated to 90-100 ºC and the extruders can be heated up to 285 ºC.

Technical specifications of Polycarbonate

Types
  • Standard PC
  • Fireproof PC
  • PC + 30% fibreglass
Features
  • Tensile strength: 60 MPa 01.
  • Tensile modulus: 2 GPa 02.
  • Softening temperature: 113 °C. 03.
Benefits

Its excellent shock resistance is its main benefit over other materials that can be 3D printed. Parts printed with PC have good fire resistance and temperature stability. Parts printed with PC are ideal when working close to a heat source.

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Bespoke 3D printing of parts with PC

In addition to its excellent shock resistance, parts printed with PC offer a minimal degree of flexibility so that the part can warp without causing damaging cracks or breaks. It can also be bent without the printed part breaking.

Step by step process

1
3D File

– Send us your 3D file ready to print.
– If you do not have the file, send us the item and we will create the CAD file.
– If you need a design from zero, our designers will gladly prepare a quote for you.

2
3D Printing

– We will create the process file adapted to the technology and materials that will be used to produce your item.
– We prepare and condition the printer to guarantee optimum quality.

3
Cleaning and post processing

This step is key when meeting your requirements, and it is one that we are highly specialised in.
The removal of the printing support structures, heat treatments, and surface finishes (blasting, polishing, tooling) are some of the most common post processes.

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Uses of printing with Polycarbonate

PC is considered to be a technical or engineering plastic, so its 3D print uses are related to sectors which largely require the properties it possesses, such as high temperature environments, mechanical shock situations, and contact with chemical agents.

Uses
Carters
Tools subject to high impacts
Functional prototypes
Lamps
Tools
Hot machinery parts

Printing machinery

With PC
 
Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) 3NTR A2

3NTR is one of the leading professional plastic printer manufacturers. Its large AS model has a liquid cooled extruder that allows engineered plastics to be printed.

WORK VOLUME 

Large items can be printed up to 600x325x500 mm.

MULTIMATERIAL

One of the best qualities of the 3NTR-A2 is that almost any FDM developed filament can be used.

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Other materials

In addition to this service with PC, we also offer it in the following materials: Take a look and decide the one best suited to your needs.

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