PolyMax™ is a family of advanced 3D printing filaments produced with Polymaker’s Nano-reinforcement technology, to deliver exceptional mechanical properties and printing quality. PolyMax™ PC-FR is a flame retardant PC filament (UL94V-0/1.5 mm) displaying excellent toughness, strength and heat resistance. This filament opens new applications in the automotive, railway and aerospace industries.
PolyMax™ PC-FR features Polymaker's Nano-reinforcement technology:
Nano-reinforcement - Nano-reinforcement technology is applied to produce filaments with excellent mechanical properties and printing quality. It dramatically improves the toughness of the material by increasing its impact resistance.
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Flame Retardant - V0 performance in the UL94 flame retardancy test, PolyMax™ PC-FR benefits applications where respective material approval is required.
Fantastic Toughness - An excellent choice for engineering applications, Polymaker has introduced its nano reinforcement technology that is featured in all PolyMax™ materials. This boosts the fracture toughness of the FR material and produces a flame-retardant filament that can still perform in demanding applications.
Heat Resistant - PolyMax™ PC-FR offers better heat resistance than a wide variety of material types, withstanding temperatures well above 110 ºC.
Improved Printability - PolyMax™ PC-FR has been engineered specifically with compatibility and usability in mind. PolyMax™ PC-FR not only offers excellent properties and print quality, but also improved printability when compared to other PC filaments. 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 PolyMax™ PC-FR, 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.
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.
PolyMax™ PC-FR takes things a step further, balancing flame retardancy and toughness.
- Nano-reinforcement technology results in boosted toughness.
- Flame retardant (UL94V-0 rating)
- Excellent stiffness and rigidity.
- Excellent tensile strength and heat resistance.
- Fantastic flow and inter-layer adhesion.
- Good chemical resistance.
- Based off Covestro's Makrolon® resins, PolyMax™ PC-FR has been engineered and optimized specifically for 3D printing.
Further expanding the applications of 3D printing towards more demanding use cases, PolyMax™ PC-FR is a flame retardant variant of Polymakers popular PolyMax ™ PC filament. The FR stands for flame retardant – the main feature of this polycarbonate-based compound. Achieving V0 performance in the UL94 flame retardancy test, PolyMax ™ PC-FR benefits applications where respective material approval is required. This allows PolyMax™ PC-FR to be applied for battery housings, motor mounts in aerospace and other industries. Within the automotive and Electronics & Electrical industry, many professionals are well accustomed with such FR materials.
Typically flame retardant compounds will significantly reduce the toughness of the raw PC material, Polymaker has introduced its nano reinforcement technology that is featured in all PolyMax™ materials and have found the right balance between the mechanical properties and the flame retardant performance. This boosts the fracture toughness of the FR material and produces a flame-retardant filament that can still perform in demanding applications. Like PolyMax™ PC, PolyMax™ PC-FR displays excellent rigidity and is one of the stiffest unreinforced thermoplastics available.
3D printing PC has commonly required high nozzle and bed temperatures (up to 320°C / 120°C). PolyMax™ PC-FR is formulated specifically for 3D printing; resulting in a product which combines the desirable mechanical performance of PC with more accessible printing requirements.
PolyMax™ PC-FR uses Covestro’s Makrolon® showing a good balance between mechanical performance and safety, which has already been applied in electronic motorbikes, aerospace spare parts, and automotive production.
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.
Nano-reinforcement technology is applied to produce filaments with excellent mechanical properties and printing quality. It dramatically improves the toughness of the material by increasing its impact resistance.
Industry Leading Quality Control
PolyMax™ PC-FR 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: PolyMax™ PC-FR 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: PolyMax™ PC-FR is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other PC filaments, PolyMax™ PC-FR 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 PolyMax™ PC-FR, 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, PolyMax™ PC-FR is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use PolyMax™ PC-FR 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 PolyMax™ PC-FR 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.
||1.2 (g/cm3 at 21.5˚C)
Young’s modulus: 2634 ± 182 MPa
Tensile strength: 67 ± 4.5 MPa
Bending strength: 96.6 ± 1.3 MPa
Impact strength: 11.7 ± 1.3 kJ/m2
Glass Transition Temperature: N/A
Vicat Softening Temperature: 116˚C
Melting Temperature: N/A
We have full MDS and technical data sheets for PolyMax™ PC-FR 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.
PolyMax™ PC-FR 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: Does Polymakers Nano-reinforcement technology impact printability?
A: The nano-reinforcement of PolyMax™ PC-FR is NOT a fiber reinforcement, so customers can confidently print this material with a standard brass nozzle. The good mechanical strength of PolyMax™ PC-FR is achieved with no compromise in printing quality or usability.
Q: Is a heated chamber critical to print PolyMax™ PC-FR?
A: Compared to PolyMax™ PC, PolyMax™ PC-FR 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-FR 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-FR 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-FR to warp or crack. To guarantee that PC-FR 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 PolyMax™ PC-FR. 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!