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    PC-ABS Polymaker

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    Material of great mechanical resistance and ability to be directly chromed.

    PC-ABS is a filament formed by the two polymers most used in the industry: PC and ABS. Polymaker presents this material within its range of industrial filaments where users of 3D FDM printers can find materials with the highest mechanical properties on the market. Other Polymaker industrial filaments are: PC-Flame Retardant, PA-Carbon Fiber or PA-Glass Fiber.

    Polymaker PC-ABS combines the best properties of these polymers to offer a final product with industrial applications. Right in this sector, Polymaker stands out for it PC filament, a polycarbonate with excellent mechanical resistance, good heat resistance, high hardness and above all a greater ease of printing than the rest of its competitors by reducing its printing temperature (250 - 270 ºC), the temperature that most desktop 3D FDM printers can reach. To all of the above, the advantages tha ABS provides, such as greater ease of processing, resistance to UV rays and greater resistance to impact, must be added.

    Functional prototype of a rearview mirror

    Image 1: Functional prototype of a rearview mirror. Source: Polymaker

    The above information makes it clear that this filament is clearly ideal for industrial applications, but its mechanical advantages are enhanced by its surface adhesion power, ideal for high quality post-processing. PC-ABS can be metallized by deposition of a metallic layer in a vacuum environment or by electroplating. Electroplating consists in applying metallic layers through the electrolysis process, thanks to which a chrome surface finish can be achieved on PC-ABS printed parts from Polymaker. More specifically, to achieve chrome plating on a PC-ABS printed part, it must first be cleaned with organic solvents to remove surface dirt. Once clean, it is immersed in a bowl with chromic acid solution to generate micropores on the surface of the piece. The next step is to activate the plastic to be a conductor of electricity, for this it is immersed in a solution of palladium chloride. Being the already conductive part of the electricity, two layers of copper are applied by immersing it in a complex solution and passing electricity through a copper conductor (cathode), in order to finally be able to apply a surface chromium layer.

    The painting is also a post-processing that accepts this filament without problems, always following the recommendations of Polymaker: ensure that the piece to be painted is free of dirt (dust and grease) and use polyurethane-based paints. It is not recommended to use solvent-based paints because they can damage the material or cause cracks in the paint due to the tensions to which certain parts are subjected.

    Another advantage offered by the PC-ABS filament is its ease of being attached, a key property, which allows you to print an object in parts or repair it without problems. The parts can be joined by really advanced processes such as ultrasonic welding, vibration, friction, hot plate or laser. In addition to these advanced methods, PC-ABS can also be glued and not only to itself, but also to an infinity of materials. For this there are adhesive glues or bi-component adhesives that ensure a strong and permanent bond, such as the LOCTITE 3DP Universal Bonder. The user must not forget to follow the recommendations for using this glue to achieve the maximum possible bond.

    Rugged support made of PC-ABS from Polymaker

    Image 2: Rugged support made of Polymaker PC-ABS. Source: Polymaker

    With everything seen above, you can ensure that Polymaker PC-ABS is an ideal filament to make functional prototypes or end pieces for the general industrial field.

    Polymaker Industrial Authorized ResellerPolyMide PA-GF is part of the Polymaker Industrial range of high-performance filaments oriented to the industry, of which Filament2Print is one of the select distributors authorized by Polymaker for their commercialization.

    Impact strength (KJ/m2) 25.8
    Elongation at break (%) 4.2
    Tensile strength (MPa) 39.9
    Tensile modulus (MPa) 1832
    Flexural strength (MPa) 66.3
    Flexural modulus (MPa) 2081
    Softening temperature (ºC) 135
    Machinable Machinable
    Fatigue resistance Fatigue resistance
    UV resistance UV resistance
    Hide color variations (Hide color variations)

    To ensure good adhesion to the printing base and easy removal, Polymaker recommends using a thin layer of Magigoo PC on a flexible plate.

    It is recommended to use a printing temperature of 260 °C with a fully metallic HotEnd to keep the temperature stable, a base temperature of 100 °C and a chamber temperature of 90 °C. If you do not have a heated chamber, it is recommended to remove the part from the base once the printing is finished, to release the internal residual tension. Regardless of this, the pieces must be annealed at 90 °C for two hours, to eliminate deformations.

    Before introducing PC-ABS into an FDM 3D printer, the user must take into account the recommended drying process (80 °C for 8 hours), to avoid problems during printing, both on the part and on the 3D printer itself.

    General information
    Manufacturer Polymaker (Europe)
    Material PC-ABS
    Format Pack of 50 g
    Spool of 1000 g
    Density 1.1 g/cm3
    Diameter of filament 1.75 or 2.85 mm
    Diameter tolerance ±0,05 mm
    Filament length ±283 m (Ø 1.75 mm-0.75Kg)
    ±107 m (Ø 2.85 mm-0.75Kg)
    Color "True Black"
    RAL/Pantone  -
    Print settings
    Printing temperature 250 - 270 ºC
    Print bed temperature 90 - 105 ºC
    Chamber temperature 90 - 100 ºC
    Cooling fan Not recommended
    Recommended printing speed 30 - 50 mm/s
    Raft separation 0.2 mm
    Retraction 1 - 3 mm
    Retraction speed 60 mm/s
    Maximum cantilever manufacturing angle 45º
    Recommended support material PolyDissolve S2
    Mechanical properties
    Izod impact strength -
    Charpy impact strength (ASTM D256) 25.8 kJ/m2
    Elongation at break (ASTM D638) 4.2 %
    Tensile strength (ASTM D638) 39.9 MPa
    Tensile Modulus (ASTM D638) 1832 MPa
    Flexural strength (ASTM D790) 66.3 MPa
    Flexural modulus (ASTM D790) 2081 MPa
    Surface hardness -
    Thermal properties
    Softening temperature (ASTM D1525) 135 ºC
    Melting temperature -
    Specific properties
    Transparency  Opaque
    Additional Information
    HS Code 3916.9
    Diameter coil (outer) 200 mm
    Diameter coil (inner hole) 55 mm
    Coil Width 45 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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