The handle for the circular saw is made of PC-ABS and was built on a Stratasys rapidprototyping machine. The durable material lets designers better predict end-product performance.

The handle for the circular saw is made of PC-ABS and was built on a Stratasys rapidprototyping machine. The durable material lets designers better predict end-product performance.


PC-ABS, a blend of polycarbonate and ABS that combines the strength of PC with the flexibility of ABS, is ready for several FDM (fused-deposition modeling) rapid-prototyping machines. Stratasys Inc., Minneapolis, says that although PC-ABS blends are widely used to manufacture parts, a blend has not been available for rapid prototyping and production.

The company says PC-ABS has excellent thermal and mechanical properties. It is stronger than ABS, and feature detail is similar to that of Stratasys ABS modeling material.

The new material works in several Stratasysmachines, including the FDM Titan, Vantage S, and Vantage SE. Layer thickness can be set for 0.005 or 0.010 in. A 0.007-in. layer is planned for future releases. Users must upgrade to the most current software to use the material.