Printing PC-ABS  Tips & Tricks!

 

 Polycarbonate-ABS (PC-ABS) is an incredibly tough material designed for strong, resilient parts. This unique material provides vast improvements (over standard ABS) in heat deflection, impact resistance, rigidity, and surface finish. PC-ABS is a blend of Polycarbonate and ABS plastic which combines the strength of PC with the flexibility of ABS.

 

Some interesting facts about PC-ABS:

  • PC-ABS acts like ABS while being 3D printed. Just like many engineering thermoplastics, it will shrink when it cools down.

 

  • Our PC-ABS filament is moisture sensitive and should be kept bagged with desiccant.

 

  • 3D printed parts in PC-ABS are tough and durable. Parts are built tough and can be used as usable parts and functional end-use products.

 

  • PC-ABS is widely used in automotive, electronics and telecommunications applications.

3D PRINTING WITH PC-ABS: TIPS AND TRICKS

 

  • Because this this filament is hygroscopic, pre-drying the filament in an oven at 85-95°C for an hour may be required for good printing.

 

  • One of the limiting factors for the professional consumers using 3D printers is the problem with bed adhesion. Apply a smear of glue stick if you are still having issue spray some hair on top.

 

  • PC-ABS prints best with the bed set at 140°C.

 

  • Make sure to set your hot end temperature to 270° C when 3D printing with PC-ABS.

 

WHAT IS MADE WITH PC-ABS?

 

  • Laptop computer cases.

  • Keyboards, monitors, printer enclosures.

  • Non-professional safety helmets.

  • Small tractor hoods.

  • Automotive instrument panel retainers.

  • Portable appliances, flashlights, phones.

  • Wheel covers.