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Electrostatic discharge (ESD)

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact, an electrical short circuit or a dielectric breakdown. ESD occurs when differently charged objects are brought close together or when the dielectric between them breaks down, often causing a visible electrical spark.

Many electronic components, especially integrated circuits and microchips, can be damaged by ESD. Sensitive components must be protected during and after manufacture, during shipment and assembly of the device and in the finished device. It is therefore important to prevent ESD. This can be done by using materials which are not over conductive but which dissipate static charges slowly. These special materials can conduct electricity, but do so very slowly.

For products such as enclosures, we recommend 3D printing with ESD material. This is a PA11 3D printing material. Models printed with this 3D printing material discharge electrostatic charges from those components.

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