PC-ISO (polycarbonate-ISO): a biocompatible engineering-grade thermoplastic

PC-ISO (polycarbonate-ISO), an industrial thermoplastic, which in its raw state, is biocompatible (ISO 10993 USP Class VI)* and can be gamma or EtO sterilized. PC-ISO is commonly used in food and drug packaging and medical device manufacturing because of the material’s strength and medical compatibility. When combined with the Solaxis environment, PC-ISO gives you parts that can be used for conceptual modeling, functional prototyping, and production parts.

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PC-ISO

FDM Technical Specifications

Standard lead time About 4 working days, depending on part size, quantity, number of components and finishing degrees.
Standard accuracy 0.012 in (± 0.3 mm) - may vary depending on geometry.
Layer thickness 0.007 in (0.178 mm) to 0.013 in (0.330 mm)
Minimum wall thickness 0.039 in - 1 mm
Maximum build dimensions Dimensions are unlimited as components may be composed of several sub-parts. The maximum build envelope is 3 x 2 x 3 ft (914 x 610 x 914 mm).
Surface structure Unfinished parts typically have a rough surface but all kinds of fine finishes are possible. FDM parts can be smoothed, painted and coated.

Technical Properties Summary

Measure Value Test method
Tensile strength ultimate 8 300 psi | 57 MPa ASTM D638
Tensile modulus 289 800 psi | 2 000 MPa ASTM D638
Elongation at break 4% ASTM D638
Heat deflection temperature (HDT) at 66 psi 271 °F | 133 °C ASTM D648
Heat deflection temperature (HDT) at 264 psi 260 °F | 127 °C ASTM D648
Density 1.2 g/cm3 ASTM D792
* Actual values may vary depending on the production condition.
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High-performance industrial 3D printers

High-performance industrial 3D printers

The Fortus® systems (Stratasys® FDM technology) in the Solaxis environment is one of the most precise and powerful for demanding manufacturing production. The accuracy, repeatability, predictability and reliability are unmatched.

Controlled production environment

Controlled production environment

  • Control of the key parameters of the processes
  • Calibration of the production and auxiliary equipment
  • Qualification of the equipment
  • Preventive maintenance
High-performance thermoplastics

High-performance thermoplastics

  • Engineering grade
  • For robust production parts, functional prototypes and industrial tooling
Large build envelope

Large build envelope

  • 3 x 2 x 3 ft
  • 914 x 610 x 914 mm
Large production capacity

Large production capacity

  • 7 x Fortus F900 GEN III
  • 2 x Fortus 400mc
Aircraft Interior Solution

Aircraft Interior Solution

  • Material and process specifications, according to NIAR (National Institute of Aviation Research) et la FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
  • Certified ULTEM 9085 resin material
  • B-Basis design allowables dataset

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Support tool for selecting FDM layers thickness

We are committed to enlightening you in your choices. Here is a tool to help you compare the different layers thickness.

Note that we also offer the finishing service, to meet all your specific needs.

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Design Guidelines

Files Requirements

Files Requirements

We strongly recommend to our customers a good preparation of digital 3D files. This preparation will ensure the quality and optimal 3D printing of your files.

If your file has multiple assembled parts that contain overlaps, it is important to unify into a single solid file. If you are working with surface files and shells, it is important to transform the surface models into a solid format.

The quality of 3D files is very important. We prefer to work with parametric models. This allows us to optimize the resolution when creating .STL files for the best results.

If you decide to transform a parameterized file yourself into an .STL file, you must ensure that you have enough resolution to keep most of the characteristics. Otherwise, there is a risk of losing important functions of your 3D model.

We accept file formats: Solidworks, Catia, STEP, IGES, Parasolid (X_T, X_B), and .STL high resolution.

Wall Thickness

Wall Thickness

All processes have manufacturing limits. With 3D printing, the wall thickness has a direct impact on the selection of layer thicknesses. A simple rule to follow is to make sure you have wall thicknesses 4 times greater than the layer thicknesses.

Surface Quality

Surface Quality

The selection of layer thicknesses will influence three important aspects of a 3D printed part.

  • The production time can be greatly accelerated by increasing the thicknesses of the layers.
  • We can considerably improve the surface finish of a part by reducing the thickness of the layers and / or by orienting this surface in the Z axis.
  • You can increase the mechanical resistance of a function by orienting it in the X and Y axis.
Geometric Tolerancing

Geometric Tolerancing

All manufacturing processes have a variation. When programming 3D files for 3D printing we make sure to manage the shrinking effects inherent in thermoplastics. We have a multitude of controls that reduce variation and provide exemplary repeatability with all of our technological processes.

Depending on the geometry of the parts, the tolerances vary around:

  • ± .005 inches for parts less than 3 cubic inches
  • ± .0075 inches for parts less than 5 cubic inches
  • ± .015 inches for parts less than 10 cubic inches
  • ± .030 inches for parts less than 20 cubic inches
  • ± .045 inches for parts less than 30 cubic inches

When producing multiple parts, it is possible to make changes to 3D files to achieve better accuracy.

Orientation orthogonal to the XY fabrication plane is important to maximize the accuracy of the part. We obtain greater precision in the X and Y axes.

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The Solaxis Difference

Expertise

  • Advanced additive manufacturing
  • Finishing that meets aerospace standards
  • ISO 9001, AS 9100 and Controlled Goods Programs certifications
  • High-performance thermoplastics
    • Impact, heat, mechanical, chemical, UV and dielectric resistance
    • Antistatic
    • Self-lubricating to minimize wear
    • FST- FAR 25.853

Modern Facilities

  • A variety of cutting-edge manufacturing equipment
  • Paint room that meets aeronautic and ground transportation standards
  • Reliability guaranteed by our auxiliary equipment:
    • Industrial generator and UPS backup, as well as high-performance servers
    • ERP system and EPDM vault
The Solaxis Difference