Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate
Polycarbonate (PC) is an industrial thermoplastic that is widely used in automotive, aerospace, and medical, among other applications. It can create parts that can withstand functional testing because of its accuracy, durability, and stability.

Minimum Lead Time

2 days

Price Range

Layer Height

100 - 300μm

Wall Thickness

0.8mm

Pros

Cons

Pros

Polycarbonate is highly durable and moderately flexible. Not only that it is impact and shatter resistant but it is also heat resistant up to 135 °C compared to PLA that can be deformed at only 60 °C. Also, it is transparent and ellectrically non-conductive.

Cons

Since Polycarbonate has high heat resistance, it requires higher temperatures to be extruded prorperly. It also absorbs moisture, and may also shrink and warp over time.

Applications of Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate has excellent resistance to strength and high temperature. It can be used in applications like connectors, power distribution (covers and housings), and battery boxes once it undergo CNC machining.

Process

3D Printing: FDM

Max. part size

50 x 50 x 50

Tolerances

±0.5% with a lower limit of ±0.5 (±0.020″)

Did you know?

When polycarbonate was invented by the aerospace indsutry, its orginal purpose was to be used for astronaut visors.

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