The electronics industry normally uses ESD-safe tooling or fixtures in their fabrication and testing processes. This tooling is commonly fabricated in metal and given the ESD-safe properties by anodization. This makes the parts expensive and, in most of the cases, they need to be replaced when the ESD-safe properties are gone. With 3D printing, there are now some materials or filaments that can achieve these desired characteristics at a much lower cost and taking advantage of other 3D printing benefits such as complex geometry capability, shape and material optimization, lead times and low investment, among others. Many parameters like printing temperatures, geometry, shape, wall thickness, durability and other features need to be addressed to make sure 3D-printed parts will be a direct replacement for existing metal tooling. One of the biggest challenges is on applications where high temperatures are needed. There’s progress made already, testing and research is being done mostly on FDM 3D printers to get to know what the uses and limitations on ESD-safe 3D printing materials are.
- Know about a very important application of 3D printing application on the electronics field
- Identify processes where 3D printing can be applied
- Know what the main challenges are and obstacles to use these materials