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Stratasys (Minneapolis, MN) has released a new material blend, PC-ABS, which is a blend of polycarbonate and ABS plastic.

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Stratasys (Minneapolis, MN) has released a new material blend, PC-ABS, which is a blend of polycarbonate and ABS plastic. Although PC-ABS blends are widely used to manufacture today’s plastic products, a blend has not been available for rapid prototyping and rapid production until now. Manufacturers make products from PC-ABS because the blend combines the strength of PC with the flexibility of ABS. These manufacturers now have the advantage of modeling with the same material that their end-products are made of. This allows them to better-predict end-product performance. Those performing rapid production will have another high-performance thermoplastic to choose from. The blend is used in production of parts for the automotive, electronic, telecommunications, and toy industries, among others. Additionally, the blend has excellent thermal and mechanical properties and is significantly stronger than ABS. The blend’s support material is water-soluble, which permits hands-free removal that shortens the modeling process. Because of the soluble supports, this blend allows excellent feature detail, design freedoms, and single-build assemblies. This blend can be used with the following T-Class systems: FDM Titan, FDM Vantage S, and FDM Vantage SE. Two layer-thickness settings are available: 0.005 and 0.010 in. (0.127 and 0.245 mm). A 0.007 in (0.178 mm) layer thickness is planned for future releases.