Be careful with 3D printing at home
Saturday 30 November 2013

Be careful with 3D printing at home

A 3D printer at home is always useful, whether it is for making a model of something you have designed on your PC or recreating something lying around in your house – but according to a new study, 3D printing could create health problems if done in areas without proper ventilation due to emissions

A team from Illinois Institute of technology, led by assistant professor Brent Stephens, conducted a study on this. They did their tests using five popular models of 3D printers at 3D Printer Experience.

The study results suggest that the printers which are using ABS and PLA polymers as plastic feedstock were “high emitters” of ultrafine particles or UFPs, which can be deposited in the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream. Studies have shown that these particles can lead to lung cancer, strokes and respiratory issues. The emission rates were reportedly similar to that of a laser printer or a burning cigarette.

So in total, people using 3D printers at home must be careful when doing printing work in rooms without proper ventilation.

3D printing at home is not hazardous, just that proper ventilation would be perfect.