Asigaa 3D printing equipment manufacturing company, has approved Mechnanoof Formula1 ESD safe resin for use on all Asiga printers. Formula1 is an additive manufacturing resin that harnesses the power of Carbon nanotubes (CNT) to provide isotropic static dissipation properties to 3D printed parts.
According to Mechnano, the resin does this without compromising mechanical performance and without removing carbon. The company’s proprietary technology, MechT, detangles and separates CNTs, then disperses them into a Masterbatch to be used to increase the performance of additive manufacturing materials.
The resulting “discrete” tubes can be tailored to specific mechanical property requirements and offer previously unattainable improvements, such as a 50% increase in tensile strength, a 200% increase in toughness, or a 850% increase in tear resistance.
Mechnano says that unlike the poor performance of other ESD resins, MechT offers improved mechanical properties and is also unique in that it guarantees consistent electrical properties. The nano-engineered dispersions eliminate resin-only domains that act as insulating islands found elsewhere, which Mechnano claims ensures 100% ESD coverage is achieved with accurate ESD values.
“The ability to 3D print ESD safe parts presents substantial opportunities for industries such as aerospace, defense and electronics manufacturing,” said Mechnano President Bryce Keeler. “We look forward to Asiga customers discovering the benefits of Mechnano nano-engineered materials, and we are excited to see the innovation that Formula1 will unlock.”
According to Mechano, it is the first company to manufacture parts with carbon nanotubes using vat light-curing systems to achieve antistatic properties or improve impact, tear and tensile performance. The company says the technology is backed by more than a decade of research and development and currently has more than 120 issued and pending patents.
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