Monday, February 08, 2016

Indoor Desktop 3D Printing Warning

Previously I had joked about 3D printing Star Wars figurines at one’s desk and though I still find that image funny recent news highlights an important safety issue to consider before starting your 3D printing project: The process of 3D printing polymers produces volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ultra-fine particles (UFPs) as a by-product. And while I’m not aware of any acute health risks of printing indoors – no one is dropping to the floor in distress – I’m also not willing to take the risk and sit beside one of these things indoors for months on end – I’d put it in the garage – and so therefore it seemed only fair to pass along on such information to our readers to make up their own minds.

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