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Safer 3D Printing

30 August 2017

As 3D printing becomes more and more sophisticated, concerns continue to linger about the release of nanoparticles while the device is in use, possibly affecting the health of users. According to a recent study, researchers have devised a way to eliminate the release of nanoparticles in a number of these printers.

In an effort to control the release of harmful volatile organic compounds, nanoparticles and aldehydes into the air while using the devices, researchers tested the printers using different inks and an array of filters, enclosures and fan features at different temperatures.

Ultimately, the researchers settled on a combination of surrounding the printer in an enclosure and installing a HEPA filter in order to eliminate almost 100 percent of particle emissions.

The study is detailed in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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