PC/ABS filament is tough and durable, and it is a thermoplastic that combines qualities from PC (Polycarbonate) and ABS filaments. It is durable and strong, and it is resistant to heat and damage from impact. It makes high-quality products, but it can warp if the temperatures are not kept consistent during the printing process. It is commonly used for power tool prototyping and industrial equipment manufacturing, in addition to other items.
Printing with PC/ABS Filament
PC/ABS filament is hygroscopic, which means that it can absorb moisture from the air. For this reason, it is important to pre-dry the filament in an oven for about an hour at 85 to 95 degrees Celsius. This way, you will not have to worry that there is any moisture in the product. You will need a printing temperature between 245 and 275 degrees Celsius, as it has a melting temperature of around 250 degrees Celsius.
The printing process is very stable, and these two materials are combined to make the perfect material for mechanical parts and tools. It produces durable products that show little wear and tear after use. The layers are cohesive and the end product has very high impact resistance.
Engineers and designers like this product because it is heat-resistant and allows them to make stronger prototypes that mimic the properties of the final product. It is more realistic than when printed with other materials. In fact, NASA used PC/ABS filament to make some parts on the Mars Rover, showing how adaptable the material is for tough conditions.
Materials Made with PC/ABS Filament
PC/ABS filament makes use of the best qualities of each individual material, and the result is a material that produces strong and durable objects. As a result, it is widely used in the automotive and electronics industries for items such as the following:
- Tractor hoods
- Safety helmets (non-professional)
- Computer parts, such as keyboards and monitors
- Laptop computer cases
- Wheel covers
- Portable appliances
Because this material is so strong and durable, it is rated as an industrial-grade thermoplastic. It is stronger than ABS, but it has the same flexibility, so it brings out the best in the ABS and the polycarbonatel. It is much easier to print than PC filament on its own. In addition, it has better heat deflection and impact resistance than ABS filament. This is a useful product for projects that need a filament that can stand up to tough conditions.
Print setting with PC ABS filament
Print head: 250-270 degree
heated bed: 100-120 degree
Speed: 50 mm/sec