PC-ABSfused deposition modeling
PC-ABS is a composite material combining polycarbonate (PC) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastics. This blend inherits the strength and heat resistance of PC with the flexibility of ABS, making it a popular choice in additive manufacturing. FDM PC-ABS is known for its excellent dimensional stability and high-quality surface finish, which makes it ideal for creating durable, functional prototypes and end-use parts with intricate details and complex geometries.
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The mechanical properties of PC-ABS are notable for their high tensile strength and impact resistance, owing to the polycarbonate component. This material exhibits superior toughness, making it less prone to cracking or breaking under stress compared to standard ABS. Its rigidity and strength make it suitable for parts subjected to mechanical loads. Additionally, it has a good flexural strength, ensuring parts can withstand bending forces without permanent deformation.
PC-ABS showcases good resistance to many chemicals, including oils, greases, and various household chemicals. However, it is less resistant to solvents like acetone, which can dissolve or deform the material. Its chemical resistance makes it suitable for parts that might be exposed to harsh environments, but it is advisable to test the material under specific conditions as some chemicals might affect its structural integrity over time.
The thermal properties of FDM PC-ABS are characterized by a higher heat deflection temperature compared to standard ABS, thanks to the polycarbonate component. This property enables it to withstand higher operating temperatures, making it suitable for applications involving heat exposure. However, it’s important to note that prolonged exposure to very high temperatures may lead to material degradation or dimensional changes.
FDM PC-ABS is extensively used in automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, and manufacturing industries. It is ideal for producing functional prototypes, automotive parts, electronic housings, and custom enclosures that require durability and heat resistance. Its strength and heat-resistant properties make it suitable for components like dashboard assemblies, grilles, and other parts exposed to high temperatures or mechanical stress. The material's versatility and reliability also make it a favored choice for jigs, fixtures, and tooling applications.