After rebranding and new financing, Chinese filament developer Polymaker has rapidly become one of the major materials providers in the world, releasing new functional and exotic filaments on a regular basis and partnering with a few significant players. The latest big line of the company is its polycarbonate material Polymaker PC, created in partnership with Covestro (formerly known as Bayer Material Science). To demonstrate only how powerful their new PC-Plus material is, Aussie reseller 3D Printing Solutions has shown off the polycarbonate filament in a few somehow astounding durablity tests.

The initially sees a 3D printed car jack created of PC-Plus lifting two concrete blocks, weighing at 240 kg every. The firm of Down Under says, “We were quite impressed as the 3D printed polycarbonate jack showed no signs of breakage or fatigue after the lift. Whilst we do not recommend the use of polycarbonate as a replacement for steel car jacks, it thus demonstrate which polycarbonate is sturdy adequate for industrial use.”

Next, 3D Printing Solutions performed a “tensile durablity shootout”, pitching various materials against one another as in a UFC cage match. 3D printing a series of chain links in PLA, ABS, enhanced PLA, and PC-Plus, and put strain on the chain until one of the links broke. You may have may already guessed, but, in the end PC-Plus took home the over-sized belt.

And who said which 3D printing wasn’t great for nothin’?

Michael Molitch-Hou

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Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so which you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael already resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.