3D Materials – the Polycarbonate filaments designed by Kimya

Polycarbonate is a material from the petrochemicals industry. It is already used in traditional manufacturing processes as it has excellent resistance to impact and heat. For 3D printing, it also has the advantage of being extremely robust while remaining accessible.

Properties of 3D filaments made of polycarbonate

 

Polycarbonate is a material made of transparent superimposed layers. Used in 3D printing, it offers unique properties in terms of robustness and impact resistance (even in hot environments) and has low inflammability. More resistant and lighter than glass, it offers very high mechanical resistance. It can therefore be used in all kinds of functional applications.

 

  • Printing profile: polycarbonate requires high printing and heated plate temperatures.
  • Extrusion temperature: 295°C and requires the use of a heated plate (105°C).

 

Discover the polycarbonate 3D filament by Kimya: the PC-S

 

 

Compatible printers and the most common applications

 

  • Polycarbonate-based PC-S filaments are compatible with all FDM 3D printers able to reach a high extrusion temperature (295°C). They also have a wide range of utilization temperature (between 100°C and 140°C) and are sterilizable.
  • The PC-S filaments are ideal for all applications requiring a certain level of robustness such as CDs and DVDs, motorcycle helmets, vehicle parts, glazing and parts used in the aerospace sector. Lastly, these filaments are approved for food contact applications (FDA certification 21-CFR 174.5).

 

Points to note

 

  • Risk of delamination/de-bonding
  • Small print format recommended
  • High-performance printer required (280°C to 320°C +)
  • High emission of toxic VOCs
  • Sensitive to UV

Possible alternative: the PLA-R filaments by Kimya

 

Download our matrix to compare the properties of all our filaments.

 

To find out more about the 3D plastic filaments, view the 3D Natives media kit.