Mechnano Announces Release of Tough ESD

Mechnano has developed another Additive Manufacturing (AM) resin based on its breakthrough MechT technology that utilizes the power of discrete Carbon Nanotubes (dCNTs). The new photopolymer —“Tough ESD”—delivers isotropic electrostatic dissipative (ESD) properties to parts fabricated with VAT Photopolymerization processes, while also providing enhanced impact resistance. Mechnano is releasing Tough ESD as a white-label resin to interested partners.

Tough ESD builds on Mechnano’s industry disrupting Formula1 resin—the first static dissipative photopolymer in AM using dCNTs. While the original Formula1 is ideal for electronics manufacturing processes that require rigidity, Tough ESD is the answer for parts that will undergo a higher level of abuse where breakage would occur with more rigid solutions.

Tough ESD’s increased impact resistance and elongation at break open the door to new applications for AM—parts that require not only ESD and toughness, but fine features and smooth surface finish, which are characteristics out of reach for current filament and laser sintering options. As these are addressed via expensive and time-consuming machining or mold tooling today, the ability to iterate, customize, and confirm design improvements in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost makes Tough ESD an excellent fit for many relevant applications including ESD tooling, assembly aids, enclosures, and nozzles.

Both Formula1 and Tough ESD allow for rapid customization, iteration, and fabrication of static dissipative parts without compromising mechanical performance and with zero concern for z-axis breakdown. Mechnano’s MechT-based resins enable accurate, repeatable, localized printing of ESD parts to help every industry creating or incorporating electronic components in their products to reduce costs and decrease time to market.

Electrostatic Dissipative Applications

Static Electricity is the build-up of an electrical charge on the surface of an object. Electrostatic Discharge occurs when two surfaces touch & electrons move from one object to another. ESD materials prevent discharge from contact due to charges flowing to ground over their surface or volume in a controlled manner. They are specially formulated to minimize the risk of flame or explosion and protecting miniature electronic parts.

Mechnano’s proprietary technology delivers static dissipative properties to 3D-printed parts without compromising mechanical performance.

Mechnano Announces Release of Tough ESD

Critical systems in defense equipment, such as tanks, aircraft and submarines, are controlled by electronic microchips so sensitive that a static charge of 30 – 50 volts may cause the equipment to catastrophically malfunction. Beyond electronics, static can impact fuel storage and transfer,  ammunition and explosives and exterior surfaces of aircraft, drones and other vehicles.

ESD protective packaging materials, workstations and equipment mitigate these hazards — playing a vital role in every mission.

Mechnano’s technology enables fabrication of ESD parts for the defense industry at a faster pace and lower cost through AM.

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