Polymaker™ PC-ABS is a PC/ABS polymer blend which offers excellent toughness and heat resistance while displaying good surface finish and good compatibility with metal plating.
Excellent Toughness - Polymaker™ PC-ABS offers best in class toughness while combining the heat resistance of PC with the flexibility of ABS. An ideal choice for engineering and industrial applications, Polymaker™ PC-ABS displays a synergic effect resulting in superior impact resistance when compared to regular PC or ABS filaments.
Heat Resistant - Polymaker™ PC-ABS offers better heat resistance than a wide variety of material types, withstanding temperatures up to 135ºC.
Good Surface Finish - Polymaker™ PC-ABS renders parts with a good surface finish and displays good surface adhesion which makes it easier to post process. Polymaker™ PC-ABS is well-suited for painting. bonding and specialized for surface finishings, i.e. by electroplating and metallization.
Bonding & Welding - Polymaker™ PC-ABS parts can be joined together by ultrasonic, vibration, friction, hot plate or laser welding. Polymaker™ PC-ABS parts can be bonded not only to one another, but also to other materials. This is possible using suitable adhesive glues or diffusion adhesive. In the case of adhesive glues, two-component adhesives based on epoxy and silicone resins and polyurethanes have proved excellent.
Formulated For 3D Printing - Using Covestro’s Bayblend® family as its base material, Polymaker™ PC-ABS is specifically engineered for 3D printing to combine excellent mechanical properties and printing quality. Bayblend® is a commonly used plastic in the automotive and information technology industry. Enclosure and 90°C heated bed required; a heated chamber is highly recommended.
Uncompromised Quality - Polymakers leading quality control process and rigorous in-house testing ensure reliable printing and consistency across spools and batches.
To learn more about Polymaker™ PC-ABS, click the "Why people are using it", "Quality & Technologies" and "Specifications & FAQ" tabs.
The Industrial range of products provide engineering grade materials to unlock the use of 3d printing in multiple industries for new applications. Industrial products can require specific equipment and skills.
Polymaker™ PC-ABS is a blend of two of the most popular 3D printing materials on the market, Polycarbonate and ABS. The advantages of this blend are high impact, heat resistance and easy processability. The polycarbonate boosts the heat resistance and toughness of the material while the ABS contributes to the good processing properties.
Some PC-ABS filament brands can exhibit a synergic effect with the PC-ABS blend displaying significantly better impact resistance than PC or ABS. This synergic effect applies to Polymaker™ PC-ABS!
- Specialized for processing & surface finishings
- Excellent toughness.
- Excellent heat resistance.
- Fantastic tensile strength, flow and inter-layer adhesion.
- Improved flexibility similar to ABS.
- Good chemical resistance.
- Based off Covestro's Bayblend® resins, Polymaker™ PC-ABS has been engineered and optimized specifically for 3D printing.
Polymaker™ PC-ABS is well suited for tooling, functional prototyping, automotive and manufacturing applications requiring high impact resistance. Polymaker™ PC-ABS uses Covestro’s Bayblend® family as its base material which is a commonly used plastic in the automotive and information technology industry today. Polymakers partnership with Covestro has brought new 3D printing filaments to the market by taking formulas that are already well known to industry professionals and optimizing them for 3D printing.
Polymaker™ PC-ABS is an ideal material for automotive interior parts such as dashboard, door handles or instrumental panel and is a material with good surface adhesion which makes it easier to post process and meet todays industry standards.
Polymaker™ PC-ABS parts can be joined together by ultrasonic, vibration, friction, hot plate or laser welding. Polymaker™ PC-ABS parts can be bonded not only to one another, but also to other materials. This is possible using suitable adhesive glues or diffusion adhesive. In the case of adhesive glues, two-component adhesives based on epoxy and silicone resins and polyurethanes have proved excellent.
Mirror housing 3D printed in Polymaker™ PC-ABS offers excellent processability!
Polymaker™ PC-ABS is well-suited for painting and post-processing and can be metallized by deposition of a metallic layer in a high vacuum or by electroplating. In the metal deposition process, the best adhesion is achieved with aluminium, tin and copper. As protection for the very thin layer of metal, a coating of paint on the molding is recommended. In the case of electroplating, Polymaker™ PC-ABS offers the best adhesion for the electroless plating for its first layer.
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 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™ PC-ABS 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.
Transparent Spool: Polymaker™ PC-ABS 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: Polymaker™ PC-ABS is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other PC filaments, Polymaker™ PC-ABS is hygroscopic so we recommend using this bag for filament storage.
||250˚C – 270˚C
|Build Surface material
||Almost any surface (I.e Glass, Buildtak etc.)
|Build surface treatment
||PVA glue or Magigoo PC (recommended) applied to the build surface
|Build plate temperature
|Recommended support material (optional)
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 Polymaker™ PC-ABS, click to read one of our user guides or contact us.
When not using a heated chamber it is recommended to anneal the printed part right after the printing process to release the residual internal stress.
Storage & Drying
Before packaging, Polymaker™ PC-ABS is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use Polymaker™ PC-ABS should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag.
Moisture absorption in any 3D printing filament will lower the quality and the mechanical properties of the print. To eliminate the risk of moisture absorption over time, it is best practice to print filaments from the PolyBox™ or dry cabinet to keep the filament at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less).
If the filament does absorb moisture, spools of Polymaker™ PC-ABS 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.
||1.1 (g/cm3 at 21.5˚C)
Young’s modulus: 1832 ± 65 (MPa)
Tensile strength: 39.9 ± 1.0 (MPa)
Bending strength: 66.3 ± 1.3 (MPa)
Impact strength: 25.8 ± 1.4 (kJ/m2)
Glass Transition Temperature: 109˚C
Vicat Softening Temperature: 135˚C
Melting Temperature: N/A
We have full SDS and technical data sheets for Polymaker™ PC-ABS 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.
Polymaker™ PC-ABS has been engineered with compatibility in mind. This material requires a heated bed and enclosure. We highly recommend printing with a heated chamber for the best printing results.
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.
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 a heated chamber critical to print Polymaker™ PC-ABS?
A: Compared to PC and ABS filaments, PC-ABS has higher environmental temperature requirements. We have had success printing small parts without a heated chamber but certainly a heated chamber will be critical for many geometries.
Q: Can PC be printed at large scales without warping?
A: A stable high temperature environment is required to print larger PC-ABS 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-ABS with the heated bed set to 100˚C and an enclosed heated chamber to heat the surrounding environment; this effectively reduces internal stress which cause PC-ABS to warp or crack. To guarantee that PC-ABS can be printed at any size without warping, 3D printing with a professionally designed heated chamber is required.
Q: What support materials can I use with this product?
A: Polymaker’s PolyDissolve™ S2 filament is the recommended support filament for Polymaker™ PC-ABS. 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!