DE Podcast: Are Desktop 3D Printers Safe to Use?

Georgia Tech and UL Chemical Safety publish two-year study's results

Georgia Tech and UL Chemical Safety publish two-year study on 3D printers, raises concerns for potentially hazardous levels of ultrafine particles, and numerous volatile organic compounds associated with machine operation.

Dr. Marilyn Black, UL Inc.

Recently, Georgia Institute of Technology and UL Chemical Safety published the findings of a two-year study on the popular desktop 3D printers. The study indicates that when the machines are in operation, they “generate potentially hazardous levels of ultrafine particles, and numerous volatile organic compounds.”

In this podcast, DE sits down with Dr. Marilyn Black, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.'s (UL Inc.) vice president and senior technical adviser.

Black discusses the scope of the study (the type of printers chosen for the study), the findings, whether the particle exposure can be addressed via design modification or material choices, and ways to minimize exposure during machine operation.

Listen to the podcast below:

 

Read Georgia Tech and UL Chemical Safety's press release here.

Read DE's recent article on the study here.

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