Polycarbonate Modeling Material, Stratasys Inc.

New Product Announcements From: 5/25/2004 Modern Machine Shop

PC-ISO a polycarbonate modeling material for food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment modeling.  Polycarbonate (PC) is a durable plastic, first introduced for rapid prototyping in 2001, and now common for functional prototypes.  The company says that design engineers select PC for its high impact and flexural strength, as well as its ability to handle high-temperature applications.
The company expects common modeling applications for this material to include: pharmaceutical material handling, processing, and packaging systems; surgical instruments; food handling and processing; automotive lighting; and rapid manufacturing of end-use products. The company reports that this new formula was developed and beta tested in partnership with users in the pharmaceutical processing and handling industry.
According to the company, this material meets both ISO 10993-1 and USP Class VI standards, which is the most stringent of the six USP ratings.
The material is available from the company in both translucent and white color.  The company says components built from the translucent material will allow viewing of solid or liquid material flow in production processes and will be useful in lighting product design. Current model-layer thickness choices are 0.007'' and 0.010'' (0.178 and 0.254 mm).

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