Polymaker PolyLite PC Transparent 2.85mm 1kg

High quality polycarbonate filament / Formulated using Covestros Makrolon® resin

AUD ($59.95 Incl Gst) $54.50 Ex Gst
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Polymaker PolyLite PC Filament

PolyLite™ is a family of 3D printing filaments made with the best raw materials to deliver exceptional quality and reliability. PolyLite™ covers the most popular 3D printing materials to meet your everyday needs in design and prototyping. PolyLite™ PC is produced using a polycarbonate resin specifically engineered for 3D printing. It delivers good stiffness and heat resistance with light diffusing properties.

Features

Heat Resistant - PolyLite™ PC is an excellent choice for heat resistant applications, offering better heat resistance than a range of other material types and withstanding temperatures well above 110 ºC.

Stiff and Strong - PolyLite™ PC displays excellent tensile strength and stiffness, ideal for a wide range of engineering applications including custom 3D printed jigs, fixtures, brackets and manufacturing aids.

Good Light Diffusion - PolyLite™ PC prints transparent parts with an attractive crystal shine and good light diffusion!

Wider Printer Compatibility - PolyLite™ PC has been engineered specifically for 3d printing with compatibility and usability in mind. With a lower extrusion temperature (250 - 270˚C), PolyLite™ PC is an accessible polycarbonate filament that can be printed on a wider range of 3D printers. 90°C heated bed required.

Uncompromised Quality - With Polymaker's industry leading quality control process and rigorous in-house testing, you can rest assured that PolyLite™ PC will produce beautiful, reliable and accurate printed parts.

To learn more about PolyLite™ PC, click the "Quality & Technology" and "Settings & Specifications" tabs.

PolyLite PC Polymaker Filament

PC (PolyCarbonate) is a popular 3D printing material for engineering and industrial applications, offering vastly superior mechanical and thermal properties when compared to many other engineering plastics.

Based off Covestro's Makrolon® resins, PolyLite™ PC has been engineered and optimized specifically for 3D printing.

  • Excellent stiffness and rigidity.
  • Excellent tensile strength and heat resistance.
  • Fantastic flow and inter-layer adhesion.
  • Good light diffusion and chemical resistance.

3D printing PC has commonly required high nozzle and bed temperatures (up to 320°C / 120°C). PolyLite™ PC is formulated with usability in mind; resulting in a product which combines the desirable mechanical performance of PC with more accessible printing requirements. PolyLite™ PC can be printed without an enclosure and is compatible with most ABS-capable 3D printers. With very similar printing characteristics to ABS an enclosure is required when printing any reasonably sized parts.

Polymaker PolyLite PC Filament

PolyLite™ PC is a suitable material for a wide range of engineering and industrial applications requiring excellent stiffness, heat resistance or light diffusion. PolyLite™ PC is one of the stiffest unreinforced thermoplastics available, helping businesses minimize tool development time, reducing development cost and giving freedom to print customized light-weight jigs & fixtures.

Combining heat resistance and light diffusion enables development of new research and lighting applications. 3D printed parts can be sanded to achieve a beautiful smooth surface or sprayed with a clear coat of lacquer to obtain unique transparency.

Users with a dual extrusion 3D printer can print supports with Polymakers PolyDissolve™ S2. PolyDissolve™ S2 is a dedicated support material engineered to deliver water dissolvable supports with perfect interfacing and improved part surface quality. PolyDissolve™ S2 is compatible with a wide range of high temperature Polymaker filaments.

Polymaker PolyLite PC Filament

Polymaker 3D Printing Filament

Polymaker is an international team passionate about 3D printing. They produce the very best 3D printing materials by controlling every stage of production. With a diverse portfolio of materials ranging from high performance plastics to unique aesthetic solutions, Polymaker will continue to add cutting edge materials to its ever-growing portfolio.

At the core of Polymaker is their research & development laboratory, this is where all Polymakers materials are formulated and fine-tuned from the ground up to create the best in class 3D printing materials. Our precision testing equipment combines the latest advancements in technology to ensure they are ahead of the game.


Industry Leading Quality Control

Polymaker 3D Printing Filament

PolyLite™ PC like all other Polymaker materials is manufactured using state-of-the-art polymer processing technologies and equipment. Polymakers rigorous minimum 8 quality control processes ensure industrial standards of reliability for a consistent customer experience.
Tolerance: Polymakers custom developed extrusion, control and monitoring solutions to ensure filament tolerance and roundness meet Polymakers strict quality standards.
Reliable Mechanical, Colouring & Printing Properties: Every batch of filament products are tested to ensure all quality specs (melt flow, softening point, mechanical, diameter, round-ness) are met.
Drying & Vacuum Sealing: Before packaging, all Polymaker filaments are dried to a moisture level of < 0.1% to ensure the best printing quality and are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. All vacuum packaged products are left for 24 hours before boxing to ensure they are leak-free.


Packaging

Transparent Spool: PolyLite™ PC is wound on Polymakers 1kg transparent spools. With the transparent spool, it is easy to see exactly how much filament is left for your next printing project.
Resealable Bag: PolyLite™ PC is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other PC filaments, PolyLite™ PC is hygroscopic so we recommend using this bag for filament storage. 

Printing Settings
Nozzle Temperature 250˚C – 270˚C
Build Surface material Glass, BuildTak® 
Build surface treatment Can apply PVA glue to the build surface
Build plate temperature 90˚C- 105˚C
Cooling fan OFF
Printing speed 30mm/s-50mm/s
Recommended support material (optional) PolyDissolve™ S2

Note: Based on 0.4 mm nozzle and Simplify 3D v.3.1. Printing conditions may vary with different printers and nozzle diameters

For other tips printing PolyLite™ PC, click to read one of our user guides or contact us.

Storage & ​Drying: When not in use PolyLite™ PC should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag. If the filament does absorb moisture, spools can be dried in a preheated convection oven at 80˚C for up to 8 hours. Results may vary depending on the accuracy of your oven so please be conservative. For more information about filament drying please read our user guide.


Annealing Settings

It is recommended to anneal the printed part right after the printing process to release the residual internal stress.

Time 2 Hours
Temperature (˚C) 100˚C

Specification
Net Weight 1kg
Diameter 1.75 mm
Density 1.19 – 1.20 (g/cm3 at 21.5˚C)
Technologies N/A

Technical Data

Mechanical Properties:
Young’s modulus:
2307 ± 60 Mpa
Tensile strength: 62.7 ± 1.3 Mpa
Bending strength: 100.4 ± 2.7 Mpa
Impact strength: 3.4 ± 0.1 kJ/m2

Thermal Properties:
Glass Transition Temperature:
 113˚C
Vicat Softening Temperature: 119˚C
Melting Temperature: N/A

We have full MDS and technical data sheets for PolyLite™ PC and all other Polymaker products. Contact us to enquire!

The typical values presented in Polymakers data sheet are intended for reference and comparison purposes only. Due to the nature of 3D printing they should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes.


Compatibility

PolyLite™ PC has been engineered with compatibility in mind to print excellently on a wide range of professional 3D printers. This material requires a heated bed and we recommend printing with an enclosure or heated chamber for sizeable or thin models.

Of course with thousands of unique 3d printer models on the market, we can't guarantee each filament type will work with every 3D printer.


FAQ

Q: Polymaker manufacture many different PC filaments, which one should I purchase?
A: PolyLite™ PC and PolyMax™ PC are the best choices for users who are interested in 3D printing strong PolyCarbonate parts that don’t have a specialized requirement. These two materials are easier to print when compared to PC filaments from other brands. PolyLite™ PC offers transparency and the best value for general purpose printing and PolyMax™ PC is our most popular PC filament, with boosted toughness and additional benefits in printability. Aside from variances in price and mechanical performance, Polymaker™ PC-ABS, Polymaker™ PC-PBT and PolyMax™ PC-FR offer unique solutions for industrial applications, with excellent mechanical performance and slightly higher printing requirements. Polymaker™ PC-PBT for example offers excellent toughness at subzero temperatures whereas PolyMax™ PC-FR offers the best flame retardancy. To discuss which material is the best for your printer and application, contact us today!

Q: Is this product the same as Polymaker PC-Plus™?
A: Yes! Polymaker launched a new naming system to simplify the ever growing product range for customers. During this change the name PC-Plus™ was updated as PolyLite™ PC. PolyLite™ is a family of 3D printing filaments made with the best raw materials to deliver exceptional quality and reliability. PolyLite™ covers the most popular 3D printing materials to meet your everyday needs in design and prototyping.

Q: Can PC be printed at large scales without warping?
A: A stable high temperature environment is required to print larger PC parts without warping and whether a part is susceptible to warping will vary on how the residual stress releases within the parts geometry. Most users print PC with the heated bed set to 100˚C and an enclosure to passively heat the surrounding environment; this effectively reduces internal stress which cause PC to warp or crack. To guarantee that PC can be printed at any size without warping, 3D printing with a professionally designed heated chamber is required.

Q: Is PolyLite™ PC flame retardant?
A:  PolyLite™ PC is classified with a UL94-V2 rating. For applications requiring the best classification we recommend choosing PolyMax™ PC-FR which is a flame retardant PC filament (UL94V-0/1.5 mm).

Q: What support materials can I use with this product?
A:  Polymaker’s PolyDissolve™ S2 filament is the recommended support filament for PolyLite™ PC. If your 3D printer is not equipped for multi-material, self-support can be used. 

Don't know where to start? Or which filament will suit your application? We have a broad range of support options including telephone support. Contact us today!

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Australian owned and operated, here at 3D Printing Solutions we are dedicated to ensuring your success by providing high quality solutions and sharing our years of hands on experience and support. One of our key philosophies is to thoroughly test the printer brands and filaments we sell to ensure they meet our key quality standards. Our collaborative and in-depth experience with these brands ensures we can provide detailed comparisons and advice to customers.

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  • Growing list of online resources for beginners and advanced users.
  • Support and warranty handled locally in Australia.

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