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16 May Polymaker Release PC-Max™ & Add Three New Colors to PolyPlus™ & PolyMax™
SHANGHAI (May 16, 2016) – Polymaker, an innovative producer of high-quality filament for extrusion based desktop 3D printers, unveils PC-Max™, a new filament to join the family of Polycarbonate filaments on offer in Polymaker’s repertoire. Much like PolyMax™ PLA is an optimized PLA filament, PC-Max™ takes the already impressive characteristics of Polycarbonate, one step further. On top of the release of PC-Max™, Polymaker are adding three additional color choices to their range of PolyPlus™ PLA and PolyMax™. These new colors are: True Green, True Grey and True Purple.
Following on from PC-Plus™, PC-Max™ offers increased tensile strength and impact resistance, making it one of the toughest filaments on the market. Aimed at the engineering sector this new filament has been in the research and development lab at Polymaker for over a year. The mechanical properties are unmatched by anything the industry has seen before. Polymaker have lowered the printing temperature of PC Max from 300°C – 320°C down to a moderate 250°C – 270°C. Furthermore, Polymaker have minimised the residual stress of PC-Max™ reducing the warping effect that plagues printing filaments towards the higher printing heat range. The dimensional stability of PC-Max™ gives this filament excellent heat resistance (over 110°C) making PC-Max™ suitable for mechanically demanding applications.
The introduction of the Polymaker PC family is the result of Polymaker partnering with Covestro, formerly Bayer Material Science. Covestro, which provided the raw polycarbonate resins for Polymaker PC, has built a stellar reputation as a world-leading supplier of innovative, sustainable and diverse high-tech polymer materials. Polymaker’s material scientists work 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.
“Covestro’s expertise, portfolio of products and industry leadership will be invaluable to our mission to provide the industry with the best materials with the performance, reliability and safety that will inspire our customers and expand our product portfolio,” – Dr. Xiaofan Luo, CEO of Polymaker.
Some of the key advantages of PC-Max™ compared to existing 3D printing materials are:
* Heat Resistance: Unlike projects made with PLA or ABS material, those made with PC-Max™ will withstand temperatures of well over 110 °C. This makes it ideal for lighting, engineering, and practically any device or part that requires good structural stability when exposed to heat.
* Excellent Mechanical Properties: being one of the most widely used engineering plastics in the world; PC has an excellent reputation for mechanical properties. PC-Max™ inherits these qualities while being fully compatible with desktop 3D printing. Parts made with PC-Max™ show much improved mechanical strength under almost all different deformation modes.
* Post-Processing Capabilities: PC-Max™ can easily be post processed by sanding, coating, or other methods to suit the users’ functional needs.
Additional functional properties include intrinsic flame retardance, resistance to chemicals and solvents.
“Polycarbonate has properties that make it very desirable for the 3D printing community as a whole, and PC-Max™ makes it even better for creative designers and engineers at every stage of the production process” added Dr. Luo.
Polymaker PC-Max™ (MSRP $39.99 per reel, or $46.99 bundled with a 8” x 8” BuildTak™ sheet) will be available in May on the Polymaker website and through Polymaker’s worldwide distributor network. To see this material in action, as well as the other remarkable 3D printing materials in the Polymaker product line, please visit Polymaker’s YouTube Channel or like, post and tweet on there Facebook and Twitter Channels.
Polymaker expand their PolyPlus™ and PolyMax™ color range, introducing True Green, True Grey and true Purple. With the addition of these new colors, PolyPlus™ now has 11 true colors and 4 translucent colors. PolyMax™ now has 10 true colors to chose from covering a wide range of the color spectrum. The new True Grey color is filling the gap in between white and black. Polymaker have chosen a very neutral Grey aimed at the more practical engineering user. This neutral grey is perfect for functional parts that perform simple day to day tasks, neatly blending into many environments. The new True Green offers an aesthetically pleasing deep green hue. Found commonly throughout the natural world Polymaker’s True Green is the perfect color for organic models. Finally, True Purple adds a lustrous velvety option to Polymaker’s new color range. This new color fills the gap towards the higher wavelength end of the spectrum offering customers a warm hue, perfect to print home ware products.
About Polymaker LLC
Polymaker is a company committed to innovation, quality and sustainability in the pursuit of producing high-quality materials for the 3D printing industry. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, Polymaker now has global offices in the USA, Netherlands and Japan. With their state-of-the-art manufacturing center and market leading quality control process, Polymaker’s filaments are not only ensured to have the best quality standards, but also provide innovative properties. Whether it is with their increased mechanical strength, unparalleled Jam-Free™ printing or the world’s first 3D printable foam based filament, Polymaker will continue to bring new performance enhanced materials to the 3D printing community.
About Covestro (formerly Bayer Material Science):
With 2014 sales of EUR 11.7 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2014 Covestro had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,200 people around the globe. Covestro is a Bayer Group company.