ESD-Safe

Overview

Essentium leads the innovation in electrostatic discharge (ESD) safe filaments for 3d printing, ideal for sectors like electronics manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and chemical processing. Uniquely, our ESD materials are non-marring and perfectly suited for dust-free environments. Unlike others who make ESD filaments with carbon-based powder fillers, Essentium employs carbon nanotubes (CNTs) incorporated into the filament, ensuring no dust is left behind. This is achieved using our in-house MLF technology, which captures CNTs solely in the top coating for unmatched performance. We also offer Anti stat (AS) filament where the ground connection cannot be achieved by using inherently dissipative polymers, which are infused into the base polymer to provide ESD safe features. Additionally, Our ESD-safe filaments can be printed under various process settings, allowing users to adjust the surface resistance value to meet specific needs. Essentium's commitment to open-source availability ensures these innovative ESD materials can be utilized in a wide range of open platform 3D printers, enhancing their applicability across diverse industries.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • All ESD materials are non-marring and ready for no dust environments.
  • Conductivity can be tuned from 1E4-1E11​. 
  • Non-marking, non sloughing​. 
  • Antistats (AS) can be made in colors. 

Comparison Chart

Comparison Chart

PCTG-Z is specially formulated to be ESD safe. It is an easy-to-print material with significantly increased impact strength when compared to PETG. Target Surface Resistance 10^4 to 10^9 Ohms. Our ESD materials are non-marring and are engineered to the highest quality standards.

APPLICATIONS

  • Handheld tools
  • General assembly fixtures for electronics
  • Robotics and automation components
  • Parts for explosion-proof environments
  • ESD part trays

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Essentium HTN-Z (high-temperature nylon) is the ESD-safe version in our HTN line of materials. This material is designed for use in medium-duty electronics manufacturing. The HTN line has improved mechanical and thermal properties compared to standard nylons. Additionally, it is an easy-to-print, low-warp material that boasts high toughness and wear resistance. This material is a drop-in replacement for ESD-safe Acetal (Delrin®) and has best-in-class slow moisture absorption.

APPLICATIONS

  • Fire and explosion safety
  • Assembly aids for electronics
  • ESD-safe fixtures
  • Electrical housing
  • Part trays for electronics manufacturing

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Essentium’s TPU 58D-AS is an industry-first ESD safe and anti-static 58D Shore hardness thermoplastic polyurethane filament that is available in a variety of colors. This cutting-edge material has excellent impact strength, tear strength, and abrasion resistance, and is safe for clean room and electronics manufacturing applications.

APPLICATIONS

  • ESD safe dust caps
  • Abrasion resistant panel covers
  • ESD safe jigs and fixtures
  • No-fly parts
  • Impact rated components

 

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Essentium TPU 95A-Z is a medium durometer filament in Essentium’s electrostatically dissipative (ESD) portfolio. With non-marring surface properties, you don’t have to worry about latent failures in electronics. These materials are the only industrially proven, safe material for ESD-sensitive applications. Essentium TPU 95A-Z balances high elongation with impressive impact resistance and tensile strength. This filament has a low friction surface that allows for easier feeding while printing.

APPLICATIONS

Electronics manufacturing ESD-safe jigs and fixtures

  • Vibration damping feet
  • Grommets
  • Bushings
  • Protective case inserts
  • Automotive vibration isolation
  • Over molded soft grips
  • Flexible hose and ducting
 

 

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Essentium TPU 80A-Z is the lowest durometer filament in Essentium’s electrostatically dissipative (ESD) portfolio. With non-marring surface properties, you don’t have to worry about latent failures in electronics. These materials are the only industrially proven, safe material for ESD sensitive applications. Currently, Essentium TPU 80A-Z is the softest 3D printing material that can be printed on any open-source printer. It has excellent elongation at break and impact strength and has a low friction surface that allows for easier feeding while printing.

APPLICATIONS

Electronics manufacturing ESD-safe jigs and fixtures

  • Non-marring grippers
  • Print-in-place soft springs
  • Bumpers, vibration absorbers, isolation mounts
  • Seals, gaskets, suction cups, boots, plugs
  • Parts catchers, shoe straps

 

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Essentium TPU 74D-Z is a high durometer filament in Essentium’s electrostatically dissipative (ESD) portfolio. With non-marring surface properties, you don’t have to worry about latent failures in electronics. These materials are the only industrially proven, safe material for ESD-sensitive applications. Essentium TPU 74D-Z is a no-warp drop-in replacement for ABS. It has excellent impact strength, tear strength, and abrasion resistance.

APPLICATIONS

  • ABS ESD replacement
  • Electronics manufacturing ESD-safe jigs and fixtures
  • Abrasion-resistant covers
  • Snap-fit connectors
  • Heavy load vibration isolation
  • Impact rated structural components

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Applications

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping

The benefits of using additive manufacturing for prototyping were some of the first to be realized. During that age of Additive 1.0, manufacturers learned that they could skip the lengthy lead times and costly tool changes during initial iterations and accepted it despite its limitations. Additive 2.0 introduced rapid prototyping where manufacturers can use technology like the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printer to reduce the time to prototype to a few hours instead of days and instead of iterating with ABS or PA, they can design with the end-use material.

Tooling

Tooling

Traditional manufacturing methods are driven by CNC machines and injection molding machines, both of which require tools to be made, iterated, manufactured, and shipped. This entire process can take months, even with the best suppliers on the planet. With the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printing Platform, skip over the lead time and tooling costs, and create highly accurate molds, that can be tweaked on the fly. These 3D-printed tools can be printed in a matter of days at a fraction of the cost of traditional tooling and casting methods.

Casting

Casting

Avoid the high cost and long lead times of traditional tool creation and print molds on the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printing Platform. Manufacturers can create prototypes, iterate designs, and print the final part on the same platform and materials which saves time and increases quality.

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