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New research on desktop 3D printing and emissions safety shows ....

Posted by Sean Kilmer on

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  Over the past 2 years, we have seen continuous discussion on the safety side of 3D printer usage. This topic has been specially concerning for 3D printers installed for in homes, offices and classrooms due to the fumes and particle emissions resulting from filament based 3D printing.  

  In 2016, Illinois Institute of Technology conducted research, aimed to test how effective enclosed chambers and HEPA filters are in helping to reduce UFP and VOC emissions with desktop 3D printers. 

   TierTime stepped up to the plate and had sent one of their UP BOX 3D printers to the Illinois Institute of Technology for testing. The UP BOX 3D printer from TierTime is an enclosed 3D printer equipped with a built-in HEPA filter.

UP BOX+ specs

The Illinois Institute of Technology have recently finished completed their testing and have published the report. From their report, the UP BOX exhibits excellent testing results for UFP, with the closed chamber and HEPA filter combination reducing UFP emissions by 91%. Additionally, total VOC generated by UP BOX using ABS with closed chamber and HEPA filter has been found to be much lower than other 3D printers using ABS filament for printing. The testing report concludes that enclosures and built-in HEPA filters for desktop 3D printers, and specifically that of the UP BOX, has quite a visible advantage with regards to safety. 

   As there still no set standard for 3D printers, there are many things that need to be studied. Other than  working with the Illinois Institute of Technology, TierTime is also working with other recognized international testing labs to further improve the safety of their products. The full report can be downloaded here.


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