ESD safe materials are those that prevent electrostatic charges from building up in a component. When you are shocked by a doorknob that is an ESD (Electrostatic Discharge). Those charges can damage electrical components. So all material in a facility that manufactures electronics have to be ESD Safe. This can be achieved with various ESD Safe 3D Printing Options we will cover on this page.
When evaluating materials for ESD performance, the most important property is usually the surface resistance, measured in ohms. Conductive materials – typically metals – have a surface resistance generally less than 103 ohms, insulators such as most plastics are rated at greater than 1012 ohms, and ESD materials fall in the mid-range, at 106 to 109 ohms.
The best way to fully grasp ESD safe 3D printing materials, is to understand where ESD safe plastics have been used. There are three primary uses for ESD safe plastics:
The biggest demand is usually found in the electronics manufacturing industry where lots of new electronic devices are being developed and manufactured each day. Every one of these devices requires a multitude of custom jigs, fixtures, pallets, nests and assembly aids to produce. Traditionally these components are made in medium to low volumes with traditional subtractive manufacturing techniques (CNC milling). This results in long lead times and very expensive tooling charges. Additive Manufacturing is changing all of this by allowing manufacturers to design jigs and fixtures to be 3D printed with advanced engineering-grade materials that meet ESD surface resistance requirements. Lead times can be reduced from weeks to days and multi-component assemblies can be reduced into a single 3D printed part.
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