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Polycarbonate 3D Printing

The strong mechanical properties of polycarbonate make it useful for a variety of applications and have led to its frequent use in many industries. It is most recognized for its use as food containers and bulletproof glass.

In this article, we’ll discuss what polycarbonate is, its common applications, the challenges to manufacturing and 3D printing polycarbonate, and possible alternative materials. 

What is Polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate is an amorphous thermoplastic that is widely used because of its high-performance mechanical properties that surpass many other thermoplastic materials. These properties include:

  • High tensile strength & flexural strength
  • High heat resistance
  • Flame retardant
  • High impact resistance
  • Lightweight
  • Good insulation
  • BPA-free grades available
  • Optical clarity similar to glass (can be made to be colored, translucent, or clear)