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PC (polycarbonate) for Fortus 3D Production Systems

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. A PC part manufactured on a Fortus® 3D Production System is 5-60 percent stronger than a part made on previous FDM® systems. It also has superior mechanical properties to ABS and a number of other thermoplastics. When combined with a Fortus system, PC gives you Real PartsTM for conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools, and end-use-parts.

Mechanical Properties1

Test Method

English

Metric

Tensile Strength (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min) ASTM D638 9,800 psi  68 MPa
Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125", 0.2"/min) ASTM D638 330,000 psi  2,300 MPa
Tensile Elongation (Type 1,0.125",0.2"/min) ASTM D638 5% 5%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05"/min) ASTM D790 15,100 psi  104 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1,0.05"/min) ASTM D790 324,000 psi     2,200 MPa
IZOD Impact, notched (Method A,23°C)     ASTM D256 1 ft-lb/in 53 J/m
IZOD Impact, un-notched (Method A, 23°C) ASTM D256 6 ft-lb/in 320 J/m

Thermal Properties2

 Test Method

English

Metric

Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi ASTM D648 280°F 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
Melt Point – – – – – – – – – Not Applicable3 Not  Applicable’

Electrical Properties4

 Test Method

Value Range

Volume Resistivity ASTM D257 2.0x10e14 – 6.0x10e13 ohms
Dielectric Constant ASTM D150-98 3.0 – 2.8
Dissipation Factor ASTM D150-98 .0006 – .0005
Dielectric Strength ASTM D149-09, Method A 360-80 V/mm

Other2

 Test Method

Value

Specific Gravity ASTM D792 1.08
Flame Classification UL 94 V2 (0.043", 1.1 mm)
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion ASTM E831 3.8E-05 in/in/°F
Rockwell Hardness ASTM D785 R115

System Availability

Layer Thickness Capability

 Support Structure

 Available Colors

Fortus 360mc
Fortus 400mc
Fortus 900mc
0.013 inch (0.330 mm)
0.010 inch (0.254 mm)
0.007 inch (0.178 mm)
BASS White

The information presented are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes. End-use material performance can be impacted (+/-) by, but not limited to, part design, end-use conditions, test conditions, color etc. Actual values will vary with build conditions. Product specifications are subject to change without notice.

1 Build orientation is on side long edge.
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 (sparse). 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.