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What kinds of plastic are conductive? Answered

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lemonieBest Answer (author)2009-05-13
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NachoMahma (author)lemonie2009-05-13

. Polymer! That's the word I was trying to think of earlier.

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lemonie (author)NachoMahma2009-05-13

We're all here to help... L

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XOIIO (author)2009-05-13

Anything you need would need to be infused with graphite, and alot, which would weaken the material.

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vince 09 (author)2009-05-13

I know PVC or almost any type of vinyl can hold a static charge, and I would guess if you plate the plastic with copper or some other metal it may be conductive I duno if thats what you are looking for but I hope it helps

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Arbitror (author)2009-05-13

Is this a joke? As far as I know, no type of plastic is conductive!

Sorry for being kinda harsh!

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NachoMahma (author)Arbitror2009-05-13

. While most (all?) plastics1 are not inherently conductive, it's very easy to make them so with additives. Resistance will be higher than metal wire, but that's not usually a big problem with low power circuits and short runs.

1 Plastics is a pretty generic term that covers a lot of materials. I'm assuming the OP was referring to materials such as HDPE, PET, &c.

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