Farsoon, a global manufacturer and supplier of industrial-level polymer and metal laser sintering systems, has approved Mechnano’s PK ESD on their 252P Series and Flight 403P Series machines. Mechnano’s laser sintering powder, PK ESD, combines Jabil’s PK 5000 engineered powder with a coating formulation utilizing Mechnano’s technology, D’Func (Discrete, Dispersed, and Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes). The D’Func-based coating introduces nano-uniform electrostatic dissipative properties to Laser Sintered parts.

PK ESD retains the unique advantages of PK 5000—eco-friendly parts with high impact strength, chemical and abrasion resistance, and improved elongation over general-purpose nylons—to withstand functional testing and production use.

Thanks to D’Func, PK ESD parts have Nano-Uniform ESD at 107 ohms surface resistivity (independent of the build orientation and powder refresh rate), while closely retaining PK 5000’s impressive mechanical performance and enabling exciting improvements including:

  • 25% increase in Impact Resistance to 103.6 J/m
  • 20% increase in Elongation at Break to 44%
  • No break flexural specimens within 5% strain limit of ASTM D790 Procedure A & B tests.

“PK ESD’s nano uniformity is the answer to alternative ESD powder and filament solutions with unpredictable ESD performance.” says Mechnano President Bryce Keeler. “With Farsoon, we’re enabling the AM market by eliminating expensive and time-consuming requirements to test and validate static-dissipative performance for each part. And the fact we are doing this with a high-performance and eco-friendly material makes it even more compelling.”

“We are excited to work with Mechnano’s innovative D’Func coating,” said Don Xu, managing director of Farsoon Americas Corp. “Applied to materials such as PK5000, this coating and powder combination has the potential to open up new avenues of additive manufacturing applications.”

PK ESD on Farsoon machines fabricates accurate, high-performance parts—and is an excellent quick-turn solution for end-use applications such as drones (due to PK ESD’s high impact resistance), fuel systems (PK ESD’s fuel resistance and static-dissipative properties), and durable ESD tooling (PK ESD’s high elongation at break).

About Farsoon
Farsoon Technologies, founded in 2009, is a global manufacturer and supplier of industrial-level polymer and metal laser sintering systems. Farsoon is the leading supplier of industrial AM technology in China with increasing growth in the international market. In 2017, Farsoon released the first of a new series of machines under the revolutionary Continuous Additive Manufacturing Solution (CAMS) and established Farsoon Technologies-Americas in Austin, Texas, USA. In 2018, Farsoon Europe GmbH was established in Stuttgart, Germany to expand direct operations to Europe. Farsoon is committed to developing AM toward its true manufacturing potential and providing customers with best-in-class systems, materials, software, application, and services.

About Mechnano
Mechnano is the company first to fabricate parts with discrete carbon nanotubes using vat photopolymerization systems. The company’s proprietary technology, D’Func, allows for exponential improvements of nearly all types of AM materials with properties that were previously thought impossible. Headquartered in Arizona, this US company is backed by over a decade of research and development and protected by over 130 process and composition of matter patents. D’Func enables improvements in areas such as static dissipation, impact, tear resistance, and tensile. Learn more at mechnano.com.