Attempts to 3D print a variety of sensors from conductive ABS material in collaboration with FabLab Berlin. Interestingly the resistance of the material decreases when bent, implying that the electrical connections are being broken in the material because it is being stretched or damaged. When pressured the resistance through the material decreases.
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Resistance of 1.75mm ABS Conductive before printing:
relaxed = 301 Kilo Ohm, bent = 846 Kilo Ohm
Resistance of 1.75mm ABS Conductive after being printed in U shape on Flex EcoPLA base. Both materials are black so you can’t really see what is what:
relaxed = 34 Mega Ohm, bent = 38 Mega Ohm
Because the resistance of the 3D printed conductive material is so high (32 – 38 Mega Ohm) the voltage divider needs to have a similarly high value. A 16 Mega Ohm pull-up resistor was made by cutting a thin strip of Eeontex non-woven fabric.
A sketch written in Processing visualizes the values in a graph. The Processing code is taken from the Arduino “graph” example.
Video of 1.75mm ABS Conductive before printing:
Video of 1.75mm ABS Conductive after being printed in U shape on Flex EcoPLA base: