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Electrostatic dissipative ABS for additive manufacturing systems

18 October 2011

Stratasys' UK distributor, Laser Lines is now supplying a static dissipative ABS material for items sensitive to electrostatic charge. This new material, called ABS-ESD7, is for use by Fortus additive manufacturing systems - the Fortus 400mc and Fortus 900mc. The material has static dissipative properties for applications where a static charge can damage products, impair performance or cause an explosion.

Unlike most thermoplastics, ABS-ESD7 prevents a build-up of static electricity, so it can't produce a static shock.  Besides eliminating static shock, the ESD material eliminates another common static electricity problem: the attraction and build-up of particulate, such as dust or powders, which can degrade product performance.

ABS-ESD7 is also beneficial when designing products that avoid attracting atomised liquid, such as medicine inhalers, which must deliver the entire drug dose to the patient and not leave mist clinging to inhaler's internal surfaces.
The material will be most useful for manufacturers that wish to create assembly aids that hold, handle, or carry their electronics safely. 
 
Primary applications include carriers and organisers for electrical components, fixtures for electronic component assembly and production line and conveyor parts.  Other applications include Product design and validation for Electronic product enclosures, Electronics packaging material, Powder or mist conveying or dispensing


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