Last year when PolyMaker released the first material in their PolyCarbonate range, 'PC-Plus', we were excited by the possible applications PolyCarbonate could bring to 3D Printing. To showcase the highlights of the material we designed and printed a car style scissor jack in PC-Plus. This little project of ours received fantastic international attention.
Our Initial PolyMaker PC-Plus Car Jack video uploaded October 2015
We started our initial PC-Plus test by lifting concrete slabs each weighing 120kg. With each concrete slab it became harder to physically set up the test and after successfully lifting 240kg in concrete slabs we decided to jump in the deep end and try to lift a car. The PC-Plus jack was able to handle a large amount of the cars weight but in the end our attempts with this PC-Plus printed car jack were unsuccessful.
PolyMaker have developed a new material ‘PC-Max’ which contains the same high temperature resistant traits of their PC-Plus material. One of biggest questions in the office while awaiting the arrival of PC-Max was to see how PC-Max will compare to PC-Plus in strength. We know PC-Plus is incredibly strong, so how strong could PC-Max be?
Nicolas Tokotuu from PolyMaker decided to see if our jack design printed in the new PC-Max could lift a real car! When printing, Nicolas decided to print the bolt horizontally. The layers ran along the length of the bolt, offering the best strength. As you can see the results speak for themselves.
After sharing the photo on social media his post went viral reaching over 800 total likes in 12 hours! It has been fantastic to see the positive comments about PC-Max's capabilities and we're happy to see this level of uniform excitement about a product within the 3D Printing. It’s worth mentioning that this is the first fully 3D Printed Jack that has been able to successfully lift a car.
We look forward to seeing the other PC-Max tests from PolyMaker and we will have our own tests to look forward to in the future as well.
3D Printing Solutions & Polymaker do not recommend using 3D Printed car jacks to replace a metal one for safety reasons, but it is amazing to see the potential of PC-Max for high strength components and parts.
You can read more about PC-Max Polycarbonate HERE. PC-Max is currently available to Australian customers from 3D Printing Solutions in 1.75mm and 2.85mm.