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Polycarbonate (PC) is a popular 3D printing material widely used for conceptual modeling, functional prototyping and end-use production parts. PC printed using FDM 3D printing is ideal for quickly producing tooling for applications such as hydroforming due to the material's high tensile strength, natural porosity and lubricity. PC offers excellent mechanical properties, making it highly resistant to impact and deformation. The material is also heat and UV-resistant, which allows it to maintain its shape and properties in high-temperature environments and in harsh outdoor conditions.

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3-5 Business Days

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Stratasys Fortus 900mc

Stratasys Fortus 400mc

Stratasys Fortus 450mc

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Polycarbonate 3D Printed Mold

Material Overview

Polycarbonate is a robust thermoplastic known for its exceptional strength, toughness, and heat resistance. It is widely used in FDM 3D printing, and is highly favored for its ease of printing and excellent dimensional stability, making it suitable for producing functional prototypes and end-use parts that require high structural integrity.

Mechanical Properties

Polycarbonate boasts impressive mechanical properties. It is characterized by high tensile strength and stiffness, which means it can withstand significant force or weight without breaking or deforming. The material also demonstrates excellent impact resistance, enabling it to absorb shocks and impacts without fracturing. This durability under stress makes it ideal for applications that demand a high level of mechanical robustness.

Chemical Compatibility

FDM Polycarbonate shows good resistance to many oils, greases, and some acids, making it suitable for use in environments where chemical exposure is a concern. However, it is susceptible to attack by strong acids, bases, and some solvents like acetone, which can cause it to weaken or degrade. This chemical profile should be considered when selecting it for applications involving chemical exposure.

Thermal Properties

One of the standout features of FDM Polycarbonate is its excellent thermal properties. It can withstand temperatures as high as 135°C without losing its structural integrity, making it one of the best choices for high-temperature applications among thermoplastics. Its low thermal expansion coefficient also ensures minimal dimensional changes in varying thermal conditions, maintaining part accuracy and functionality.


Polycarbonate is extensively used in a variety of applications. Its strength and heat resistance make it ideal for automotive parts, medical devices, and electronic housings. In aerospace, it's used for making durable, lightweight components. Its clarity when printed thinly also allows for applications in light transmission, such as lenses or light covers. The material's versatility and durability make it a popular choice in both prototyping and manufacturing of functional parts.



  • Housings and enclosures
  • Thick wall parts
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Sheet metal forming
  • Wear-and-tear prototypes

Material Characteristics

Thermal Stability