Z-ESD is a new printing material for the Zortrax M200 and M300 3D printers. Its key features include protection of devices from electrostatic discharge, high resistance to chemicals, and extremely low shrinkage, all of which meets industry demands.

Electrostatic discharge is very dangerous to electronics. It may damage internal systems and considerably deteriorate device performance and productivity. Interestingly, it is often caused by people coming into contact with the device, which is why it is very important to protect integrated circuits from this hazard when they are operating. This is one of the many challenges facing the electrical engineering and electronics industries.

The demand for new 3D printing materials came from Zortrax clients such as Bosch, which uses Zortrax M200 printers in its factory in France. The models made there are used in processes such as installation of parts in electronic devices, and the company began to look for a material which would first and foremost be resistant to electrostatic discharge.

This led to the creation of Z-ESD, a material which protects electronic devices from electrostatic discharge and has extremely low shrinkage and high resistance to chemicals. These properties make it perfect for professional and industrial purposes as a component in production line machinery, all types of electronics casings, or prototypes requiring high resistance to chemicals and electrostatic discharge. Like its predecessor, Z-PETG, it is resistant to acids, salts, and substances with alkaline reaction.

We pay close attention to the voices and suggestions of our clients and business partners from all around the world, which has led us to develop this new material by the name of Z-ESD. Large production plants face the problem of electrostatic discharge in their prototypes and solutions on a daily basis, and Z-ESD allows them to create functional models resistant to it and to cut redesign and reproduction costs, says Rafał Tomasiak, CEO Zortrax S.A.

Z-ESD is already available in black for Zortrax M200 and M300 3D printers. The material’s electrostaticity is 104 ohm < Rv < 109 ohm.