PolyLite PC

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PC filament for stiff, heat-resistant translucid parts that can be annealed and sanded.

PolyLite PC is an engineering filament within the renowned Polymaker family of PolyLite filaments, designed meticulously with top-tier raw materials to ensure unparalleled quality and reliability. Tailored to cater to diverse design and prototyping needs, PolyLite stands as a comprehensive solution encapsulating the most sought-after 3D printing materials.

Video 1: About Polylite PC. Source: Polymaker.

Crafted from polycarbonate engineered specifically for 3D printing purposes, PolyLite PC offers a combination of superior stiffness, impressive heat resistance reaching up to 120°C, and inherent light-diffusing properties. Its versatility finds use in various applications such as utility hooks, brackets, and functional household items due to its robustness and thermal endurance.

Lampshade 3D printed with the PolyLite PC filament

Image 1: Lampshade 3D printed with the PolyLite PC filament. Source: Polymaker.

Beyond its structural prowess, the filament's inherent transparency allows for efficient light diffusion, making it a stellar choice for applications in lighting fixtures and lampshades. However, the printing of sizable PC parts necessitates an enclosed chamber to ensure optimal printing conditions and prevent warping or imperfections.

Lampshade 3D printed with the PolyLite PC filament

Image 2: Lampshade 3D printed with the PolyLite PC filament. Source: Polymaker.

An essential post-printing recommendation for PolyLite PC involves an immediate annealing process at 90 °C for 2 hours aimed at releasing residual internal stress, thereby safeguarding the mechanical integrity of the printed part. Furthermore, PolyLite PC's surface can be refined through sanding to achieve a smoother finish, expanding its potential for a broader spectrum of applications that demand a refined aesthetic touch.

Elongation at break (%) 5
Tensile strength (MPa) 69
Tensile modulus (MPa) 2500
Flexural strength (MPa) 106
Flexural modulus (MPa) 2640
Softening temperature (ºC) 119.5
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PolyLite PC must be stored properly to prevent filament from getting moist. An ideal solution is to store it in a vacuum-sealed container (using the filament drying capsule from Slice Engineering for even better results), in a smart filament container, or in the PolyBox storage box that keeps the filament dry during printing. If the PolyLite PC filament absorbs too much moisture, it should be dried for 8 h at 80 ºC.

The recommended printing settings for PolyLite PC filament are an extrusion temperature of 250-270 °C at a speed of 30-50 mm/s, on a heated bed at 90-105 °C, preferably with a heated chamber, especially for large parts. The best print surface for PolyLite PC filament is BuildTak, glass, or PEI, with the adhesive Magigoo PC for even stronger adhesion. You'll find more printing instructions in the technical data sheet in the Downloads section.

Complex structures can be 3D printed using PolyLite PC filament and a support filament, such as PolyDissolve S2. To print with supports, a 3D printer with at least two extruders is required.

Furthermore, the manufacturer recommends annealing 3D printed parts with PolyLite PC filament immediately after printing to release any residual internal stresses. The recommended annealing settings are 2 hours at 90 °C.

General information
Manufacturer Polymaker
Material PolyLite PC
Format Spool of 1 kg
Spool of 3 kg
Density 1.19 g/cm3
Filament diameter 1.75 ó 2.85 mm
Diameter tolerance ±0.05 mm
Filament length ±349.4 m (Ø 1.75 mm -1 kg)
±131.7 m (Ø 2.85 mm -1 kg)
±1048.1 m (Ø 1.75 mm -3 kg)
±395.2 m (Ø 2.85 mm -3 kg) 
Colour Translucid
RAL/Pantone -
Printing properties
Printing temperature  250 - 270 ºC
Base/bed temperature 90 - 105 ºC
Chamber temperature
Cooling fan
Recommended print speed 30 - 50 mm/s
Drying conditions -
Mechanical properties
Izod impact resistance  -
Charpy impact resistance XY: 4.1 ± 0.9 kJ/m²
Z: -
Elongation at break (ASTM D638) XY: 4.8 ± 0.9 %
Z: 2.7 ± 0.1 %
Tensile strength (ASTM D638) XY: 69.1 ± 3.0 MPa
Z: 52.8 ± 1.7 MPa
Tensile modulus (ASTM D638) XY: 2497 ± 154 MPa
Z: 2371 ± 55 MPa
Flexural strength (ASTM D790) XY: 106.1 ± 1.6 MPa
Z: -
Bending modulus (ASTM D790) XY: 2640 ± 47 MPa
Z: -
Surface hardness -
Thermal properties
Softening temperature (ISO 306) 119.5 ºC 
Melting temperature -
Specific properties
Transparency (GB/T 2410) 89 %
FDA certification -
Further information
HS Code 3916.9
Reel diameter (outside)  200 mm (1 kg spool)
Reel diameter (inner hole)  55 mm ( 1 kg spool)
Reel width 68 mm ( 1 kg spool)

* The typical values detailed in this table should be considered as a reference. Actual values may vary depending on the 3D printer model used, part design and printing conditions. We recommend that you confirm the results and final properties with your own tests. For further information, please refer to the product data sheet.

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