The New EPX 150 Material for 3D Printing – An Engineering Grade Thermoplastic

The all-new EPX 150 thermoplastic is one of Carbon’s most advanced high-performance 3D printing materials yet. Essentially an updated formulation of the popular EPX 82 material, EPX 150 now offers substantially upgraded chemical resistance and even better high-temperature stability.

Exceptional Chemical Resistance and Heat Resistance Combined with Functional Toughness

An engineering grade plastic, EPX 150 provides outstanding chemical resistance in combination with creep resistance. It also provides great high-temperature stability with a heat deflection temperature of 155°C. This makes the material suitable for an extremely wide range of additive manufacturing markets – from medical products that require repeated sterilization to 3D printed automotive parts that require high precision and repeatability.

Offering comparable mechanical properties to high-performance thermoplastics like PEEK and PSU, EPX 150 can easily accommodate complex part features and precision tolerances. Furthermore, the material’s chemical resistance and thermal stability make it perfect for manufacturing many specialized industrial products – everything from industrial spray nozzles to custom electrical connectors for harsh environments.

Comparable 3D Printing Materials:

EPX 150 offers a unique combination of performance attributes, mechanical properties, and manufacturability. However, it can be compared or considered alongside various other common high-performance thermoplastic materials, including: 

  • PEEK (polyether ether ketone)
  • PEI (polyetherimide, or branded as Ultem)
  • PSU (polysulfone)
  • PBT (polybutylene terephthalate)
  • PC (polycarbonate)
  • Polyamides (nylon plastics)

Performance Advantages and Mechanical Properties:

Thermal Stability

The outstanding thermal stability of EPX 150 means that it retains its mechanical properties and resists aging in high-temperature applications – crucial to the modern medical sector and automotive industry as well as various industrial operations. Temperatures ranging -30C all the way up to 125°C are no problem for this high-performance thermoplastic.

Chemically Resistant

EPX 150 is highly resistant to many commonly-used chemicals and solvents including water, glycol mixtures, and many sterilization chemicals/medical disinfectants. The material not only stands up to long-term chemical exposure – it does so with minimal change in mechanical properties and virtually no change in visual appearance.

Suitable for Sterilization

EPX 150 is engineered to reliably withstand over 200 typical sterilization cycles – crucial for the modern medical field as well as various other commercial applications. (A typical sterilization cycle is defined as 134°C/ 4min in a steam autoclave.) The material’s high heat resistance and chemical resistance means that there is minimal change to dimensionality or mechanical properties, even when subjected to repeated sterilizations.

Basic Mechanical Properties of EPX 150:

  • Ultimate Tensile Strength – 76 MPa (11 ksi)
  • Heat Deflection Temperature – 155 °C (311 °F)
  • Elongation At Break – 5 %
  • Impact Strength (Notched) – 36 J/m 0.67 ft-lb/in
  • Tensile Modulus – 2700 MPa 392 ksi

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Published: November 9, 2023
EPX 150 sample parts

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