MakerBot METHOD X gets Polymaker polycarbonate filaments

Leading 3D printing materials provider, Polymaker, has announced that they have qualified 3 polycarbonate filaments that was specially designed to be used for MakerBot METHOD X 3D printer.

The filaments – Polymaker PC-PBT, PolyMax PC-FR and PolyLite PC, can be used with MakerBot Labs Experimental Extruder, and allows a wide range of engineering applications to be produced with strong mechanical and thermal properties while reducing typical desktop 3D printing defects like warping and curling.


Polymaker PC-PBT is a specialty material that performs well under extreme circumstances, whether in contact with hydrocarbon-based chemicals or operating at subzero temperatures.

PolyLite PC can be used for applications that require good stiffness and light diffusion, such as outdoor light housings as it demonstrates high modulus.

PolyMax PC-FR is a flame retardant PC material that meets the UL-94 V0 standard, and is ideal for applications within the automotive, railway, and aerospace industries.

Polycarbonate is often the choice for parts that function in demanding applications. Anyone who is serious about printing polycarbonate knows that a heated chamber is essential for printing large and strong complex parts.Xiaofan Luo, PhD, President of Polymaker

PC materials are commonly used for functional prototyping and end-use parts in the production of automotive components, protective gear, medical device components, and exterior lighting fixtures.

While challenging to print due to its ability to contract and creating defects if it is cooled too quickly, METHOD X is the only 3D printer in its price class to overcome this with a Stratasys patented heated chamber that goes up to 110°C. To further strengthen PC parts, Polymaker recommends annealing them right after the printing process to release residual internal stress.

Polymaker’s PC materials on METHOD allows engineers to print polycarbonate parts that they previously had to outsource to more expensive industrial 3D printers. We are seeing increased interest in industrial materials as engineers advance from simple prototyping to 3D printing end-use parts.Johan-Till Broer, VP of Product Development at MakerBot

The Labs Extruder which also has materials provider like BASF, LEHVOSS, and Kimya on board, turns METHOD X into an Open Materials Platform and was introduced to enable users to print with a wider variety of third party filaments.

With the new additions, the portfolio of available materials for MakerBot Labs is now up to nine while the total number of materials for METHOD X now stands at 19.

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