Filament producer Polymaker (Shanghai, China) has launched a new line of polycarbonate-based materials called Polymaker PC, which is specifically designed for extrusion-based desktop 3D printers. The new materials, says Polymaker, exhibit engineering and functional properties is the first that is able to be used on a standard printer. To date, polycarbonate has only been available to those with expensive industrial 3D printers, or a very niche set of extrusion-based desktop 3D printers.
Polymaker collaborated on the development with Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany), whose global polycarbonates headquarters were moved to Shanghai in 2011. Covestro, not only provided the raw polycarbonate resins for Polymaker PC, Polymaker’s material scientists also worked closely with the Covestro team to enhance the formulation of the polycarbonate 3D filament to imbue it with unprecedented properties and functionalities for 3D printing.