Engineers require strong, durable material that can be put to the test with functioning prototypes. The standard printing materials may not always be the best choice for the task at hand. This is where polycarbonate filament fills in the void. A high temperature material, polycarbonate filament has high heat resistance, great layer to layer bonding, and provides an excellent finish when printed.
Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic that is most prominently known for its incredible strength and impact resistance. The basis of bulletproof glass, polycarbonate is lightweight and exhibits a translucency that is superior to other Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing materials. Polycarbonate also boasts heat resistance, is flame-retardant, and insulates electricity, making it essential to use in electrical components and hardware.
Polycarbonate is extremely durable and highly effective for a wide range of professional-level applications:
- Widely used in the construction, transportation, and automotive industries
- Electrical and telecommunications hardware
Data storage, such as CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs
Consumer products like sunglasses, phone and computer cases, water bottles, and food containers
Read our Guide To Polycarbonate 3D Printing
Airwolf 3D’s new polycarbonate filament comes on a sturdy plastic spool, in a thick sealed package with desiccant.
Video: Printing with Polycarbonate Filament
Download our Guide "The Key to 3D Printing Large Polycarbonate Parts"
This guide is intended to shed light on many of the methods we have used since 2014 to master polycarbonate printing on the desktop. In particular, we will pay close attention to temperature requirements, bed adhesion, printer configurations, and best settings practices.
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