We recently informed that MakerBot has opened its latest METHOD device to the materials of external suppliers, such as KIMYA, BASF or LEHVOSS Group. This does not mean, however, that the manufacturer has stopped creating its own consumables – now it has presented two new filaments, PC-ABS and PC-ABS FR.

Both items are presented as materials for special technical applications. By expanding the range of available materials, which currently include filaments such as ABS, ASA Nylon, PETG, Tough, PLA, SR-30 and PVA, MakerBot wants to adapt the offer especially to the needs of engineers. What distinguishes their latest materials?

PC-ABS, available in black, is characterized by high heat-resistant properties and at the same time tensile strength. PC-ABS FR (flame retardant) is a material variant that is highly flammable – the filament meets the requirements of the UL-94 V0 fire protection standard. Both materials can be successfully used for technical applications, such as applications from the automotive, railway, LCD panels, electronic device housings, adapters, chargers or other portable devices.

The combination of polycarbonate with ABS is supposed to increase the impact of 3D prints and resistance to high temperatures. Materials fully utilize the function of increased temperature inside the working chamber, which is achieved thanks to a special working chamber implemented in METHOD’s MakerBot. Increased temperature guarantees high-quality components due to stronger interlayer connections.

Johan-Till Broer, Vice President Product Development MakerBot, adds that PC-ABS is a widely used engineering material due to its thermal and mechanical properties. METHOD X is the only 3D printer in its price class with a chamber heated to 110°C, thanks to which it allows 3D printing of high quality elements from new materials.

At the same time, 3D printed parts made of PC-ABS are compatible with the soluble support material SR-30, which also allows the creation of more complex geometries. MakerBot emphasizes that its material can be successfully used both for the production of end parts and the production of functional prototypes.

Shipments will start in May. Currently, a special extruder is being distributed, which allows the use of filaments from external suppliers.

Magdalena Przychodniak
Editor-in-Chief of the 3D Printing Center. A biomedical engineer following the latest reports on bioprinting and 3D printing in modern medicine.

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