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Polymaker launches three new versatile Polycarbonate-based 3D Printing Materials

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Polymaker has co-developed the materials with Covestro.
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Above: Three new 3D printing materials launched by Polymaker and Covestro/Image Credit: Polymaker

Polymaker, a leading manufacturer of advanced 3D printing materials, collaborated with Covestro, one of the world’s largest polymer company, to launch three new versatile polycarbonate-based 3D printing materials for applications in various industries.

Each of the new material has its own unique properties but which can be used in a range of different industries thus enabling the access to materials well known to industry professionals and optimised for 3D printing.

The three new materials are as follows:

1. Polymaker™ PC-ABS

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Above: Polymaker™ PC-ABS 3D printing material/Image Credit: Polymaker

Polymaker™ PC-ABS is a blend of two of the most commonly used industrial materials, polycarbonate, and ABS. The 3D printing material uses Covestro’s Bayblend® family as its base material which is a commonly used plastic in the automotive and information technology industry today. The blend results in a material with high impact & heat resistance and easy processing.

The polycarbonate boosts the heat resistance and toughness of the material while the ABS contributes to the good processing properties. This PC-ABS is also specialized for surface finishings, i.e. by electroplating and metallization, providing a good approach for post-processing.

2. Polymaker™ PC-PBT

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Above: Polymaker™ PC-PBT 3D printing material/Image Credit: Polymaker

Polymaker™ PC-PBT is a blend of Polycarbonate & Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT). It is created from Covestro’s Makroblend® family which is widely used in various industries. This new material has excellent resistance to chemicals & grease and hence can be used where constant chemical contact is a concern.

The superior chemical properties of (PBT) are clubbed with the strength and toughness of polycarbonate thus making the material ideal for usage under extreme conditions whether in contact with hydrocarbon-based chemicals or operating at subzero temperatures.

3. PolyMax™ PC-FR

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Above: PolyMax™ PC-FR 3D printing material/Image Credit: Polymaker

PolyMax™ PC-FR 3D printing material is formulated from Covestro’s Makrolon® family, where the FR stands for flame retardant. It is the main feature of this material and so its core advantage is that it has excellent flame resistance. This base material achieves V0 performance in the UL94 flame retardancy test and benefits applications where respective material approval is required.

The application of PolyMax™ PC-FR is mainly in battery housings, motor mounts in aerospace and other industries.

Al the three newly developed 3D printing materials are of industrial grade and have wide applications in a range of industries.


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