I finally tested Polymakers PolyMax PC filament for it’s printing quality, mechanical performance and impact resistance. Let’s find out if it really lives up to it’s reputation!
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24 thoughts on “The King of 3D printing materials? Polymaker PolyMax PC REVIEW”
CNC Kitchen says:
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I'm currently on holiday in Japan so please excuse if replies to comments might be a little delayed.
Pure PC is best printed in slower speeds, no fan and in a a warm / heated / closed chamber. Best is just in a enclosed heat controlled chamber.
Printing PC on a "standard" printer is lets say just the hillbilly way. I got the best resulsts with 310-330C but i guess Polymaker is not pure PC.
Edward Paulsen says:
With that large of a temperature difference, where sometimes only 5°C can make a difference, I am quite surprised that you did not at least try 260°C or even finer with perhaps a 10% fan speed…
Lennart Bruggink says:
as always, very interesting and clear video!
I thought Nylon was the thing to use for strong prints. Is that not the case? Is it harder to print?
very detailed review. Great!
I hope you had/have a wonderful trip to Japan!
One set of testing I would like to see would be testing creep on various 3D printed materials and if there's ways to improve it.
I think that could be really fascinating, especially for mechanical parts.
Aslan Guseinov says:
+ non-planar = Best Quality Ever?
I’d like to see you test materials based on print quality… even sacrificing raw strength for the best-looking prints (least layer lines, smoothest finish, highest accuracy)
Jagielski Gaming says:
Anyone can recommend a 3d printer that DOESN'T cost as much as a decent used car and has good print quality?
Django Goffin says:
If you want the true king of filaments, try Novamid 1030CF10. Quite expensive, but it has better specs in terms of E-modulus and tensile strength even when tested in the wrong direction. When tested in the right direction (so the carbon fibers do their job), you can expect an E-modulus of almost four times as high as PC (7.5 vs. 2 GPa) and a tensile strength of almost twice as high (110 vs. 60 MPa). I'm interested on seeing a Charpy test on that, though! Edit: print quality may also improve a lot compared to PC, I've seen some amazing prints.
Felipe Acevedo says:
Guten Tag Stephan, what do you think of nonplanar 3D printing, please see this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km1lvuva5mI maybe you can test this process. Vielen Dank.
Joel Miller says:
What about the filaments that are pure PC with carbon fiber strands in them? (pure except for the CF of course)
Amaroq Starwind says:
You should look into Non-Planar 3D Printing;
It might help with various physical properties, and with print quality.
Nicolas-Piel André says:
Great video as always.
Interesting article on screws into 3D printed parts. https://www.additivemanufacturing.media/blog/post/video-can-3d-printed-parts-hold-self-tapping-screws
Spring Board says:
Have you ever compared filament strength to part strength ?
Luis Rios says:
Polymaker CO PA next?
Andrew Smith says:
Wow love this video (and all your videos)! I am fairly new to 3d printing and am interested in learning how to properly dial in my settings for new materials. Do you know of any comprehensive guide that would include calibration of extrusion multiplier, the use of a temperature tower, and other tests I should consider? Have you considered making an in depth video focusing on how you create your slicer profiles? Thanks and keep up the good work!
Inad Ad says:
Your videos are great. My fav part this time 11:28
BPA alarmists are akin to anti vaxxers. A couple of the places which claim everything causes cancer in California claimed BPA causes cancer. Tens of thousands of studies done by qualified people over the past 50 years prove otherwise. It's harmless. The people who claimed it is bad for you are as qualified as Jenny McCarthy.
John O'Shaughnessy says:
Excellent tests. I’m soon to start using a PC blend myself. This is very timely.
Michael Young says:
Maybe I missed the test but when you tested the impact strength you should test at a variety of temperatures ranging from fairly hot, room temperature and ice cold.