Essentium, Inc. introduced Essentium TPU 58D-AS, an electrostatic discharge (ESD) safe and anti-static thermoplastic polyurethane filament available in color. Unlike other ESD-safe materials, which are only offered in black due to carbon additives, Essentium has developed an exclusive filament line in color. This new material is for applications such as space vehicles and satellite manufacturing, where no-fly parts must be both ESD safe and red in color.
This innovation in material development results from a collaboration between Essentium and Croda to develop a unique anti-static filament line based on Croda Ionphase permanent anti-static additives. It has excellent impact strength, tear strength, and abrasion resistance and is safe for cleanroom and electronics manufacturing applications.
In addition to Essentium TPU 58D-AS, the company introduced two new high-performance, heat-resistant materials to expand the open ecosystem of industrial-scale additive manufacturing solutions so that manufacturers can quickly produce parts that meet their specific industry standards for reliability, repeatability, and performance.
Essentium PET-CF: 15% carbon fiber reinforced polyester filament made with Luvocom 3F resin from LEHVOSS. This high performance yet affordable material is easy to print and offers both stiffness and strength and chemical resistance for common solvents. When annealed, it has a temperature resistance of more than 155˚C.
Essentium 9085: Made with SABIC’s ULTEM 9085 resin, this material offers high heat resistance and mechanical strength for aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, electronic manufacturing, and tooling applications. The high impact strength, flammability, smoke, and toxicity resistance of Essentium 9085 makes it ideal for applications where durability and the ability to withstand high impact and heat is essential.
Essentium is collaborating with industry leaders, including LEHVOSS, Croda, and SABIC, to advance 3D printing platforms that provide an open ecosystem of materials to give manufacturers greater control of their innovation, more choice in materials, and industrial-scale production at ground-breaking economics.