PC (Polycarbonate)

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Polycarbonate filament is extremely strong, durable and impact resistant. 

Polycarbonate filament (PC) is extremely strong, durable and impact resistant. Today it´s one of the most common thermoplastics in the manufacture of electronics, appliance housings, CDs, toys, etc. One of the biggest barriers PC to the moment when introduced into FDM 3D printing was its high melting point. However with this Polycarbonate filament you can print at a temperature of between 250 and 285ºC that make it accessible for a variety of FDM 3D printers.

PC is a very rigid and resistant thermoplastic with high impact resistance, good fire resistance, which greatly supports contact with oils, greases and solvents with low deformation and withstands temperatures of about 100 °C without deformation. It also presents a good transparency, it is considered a good electrical insulator and holds up well be exposed to weathering and sunlight.

Elongation at break (%) 6
Tensile strength (MPa) 66
Tensile modulus (MPa) 2400
Softening temperature (ºC) 145
Electric insulator Electricity insulator
UV resistance UV resistance
Moisture resistance Moisture resistance
Chemical resistance Chemical resistance
Hide color variations (Hide color variations)

In too humid environments PC filament may absorb moisture and present problems when printing. These problems can lead to poor quality prints. Therefore it is advisable that the PC filament remains in an airtight bag with a silica bag while it is printing is not possible to avoid contact with moisture.

Optimal print temperature is between 250C and 285C. PC filament has an upper warping effect with respect to the ABS. You need to print it with a bed temperature of 110-130 ºC. It is imperative that you use BuildTak, Kapton Tape or 3DLac so the pieces do not tend to detach from the base. As for the interior temperature which is printed it is recommended to be controlled and there are no drafts.

General information
Manufacturer Orbitech (Germany)
Material PC (Polycarbonate)
Format Pack of 50g
Spool of 750g
Density 1.20 g/cm3
Diameter of filament 1.75 or 2.85 mm
Diameter tolerance ±0,05 mm
Filament length ±259 m (Ø 1.75 mm-0.75Kg) 
±98 m (Ø 2.85 mm-0.75Kg) 
Color Natural
RAL/Pantone -
Print settings
Printing temperature 250-285ºC
Print bed temperature 100-110ºC
Chamber temperature Not necessary
Cooling fan Not recommended
Mechanical properties
Izod impact strength -
Charpy impact strength -
Elongation at break 6%
Tensile strength 66 MPa
Tensile Modulus 2400 MPa
Flexural strength -
Flexural modulus -
Surface hardness -
Thermal properties
Softening temperature (ISO 306) 145 ºC
Melting temperature -
Specific properties
Transparency  Clear
Additional Information
HS Code 3916.9
Diameter coil (outer) 200 mm
Diameter coil (inner hole) 53 mm
Coil Width 54 mm


* 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 confirming the results and final properties with own tests. For more information you should consult the technical data sheet of the product.

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