ACEO introduce silicone rubber materials for 3D printing

3D printed PlasmaDerm® device with electrically conductive silicone. Photo @ WACKER
3D printed PlasmaDerm® device with electrically conductive silicone. Photo @ WACKER

WACKER’s ACEO® team presents its latest innovation, 3D printing with electrically conductive silicone elastomers. Recognizing the emerging need of electrically conductive elastomers with high temperature resistance, Wacker Chemie AG developed new materials for additive manufacturing based on its well-established ACEO® technology. The new silicone rubber products can serve temperatures of up to 200°C and provide excellent electrical resistance of 10 Ω cm or higher.

Silicones are used in many applications where electrical conductivity is needed, such as actuators, sensors, generators, heating elements and also advanced applications like cold plasma or printed electronics. 3D printing is the manufacturing method of choice to realize integrated functionalities in only one process step. Freedom of design allows unprecedented product structures.

“3D printing with the new electrically conductive ACEO® Silicone enables new-to-the-world applications that could not be implemented until now, especially in modern medical or functional automotive parts”, explains Bernd Pachaly, head of the ACEO® 3D printing project at WACKER. “We added this new silicone option to our portfolio specifically to address unmet needs and to go beyond conventional solutions”. The new silicone rubber can serve applications that need temperature resistance of up to 200°C and provide unchanged conductivity up to 25% elongation.