Conductive PLA is a version of PLA that is perfect for parts that need to be electrically conductive. It has a volume resistivity (perpendicular to layers) of 30 ohm-cm.
Conductive PLA is a specialized 3D printing material that enables users to combine 3D printing with electronics. It is specifically designed for creating conductive assemblies that can incorporate various electronic components such as switches, potentiometers, LED's, capacitive touch sensors, and more. This material allows for the integration of functional electrical elements directly into 3D printed objects.
The technical properties of conductive PLA are generally similar to those of standard PLA, except for its volume resistivity. Volume resistivity refers to the material's resistance to the flow of electrical current, and it differs based on the direction of measurement.
- Volume resistivity perpendicular to layers: 30 ohm-cm
- Volume resistivity through layers (along Z axis): 115 ohm-cm
These values indicate the electrical conductivity of conductive PLA, with lower resistivity values representing better conductivity. The specific resistivity values mentioned are for measurements made perpendicular to the layers (XY plane) and through the layers (Z axis), respectively.
It is important to note that conductive PLA's primary advantage lies in its electrical properties, allowing for the creation of functional electronic components within 3D printed objects. Other mechanical properties and characteristics of conductive PLA are generally comparable to standard PLA.
Please refer to the manufacturer's documentation for precise and complete technical specifications, as well as guidelines for optimizing the print settings and post-processing steps when working with conductive PLA.