In recent times, any production process, on a larger or smaller scale, is not simply analysed from a technical or economic perspective, but now also from an environmental and health perspective. In this article, we will analyse whether 3D printing is hazardous to health.
Today, 3D printing is widespread both in industry and at home. Fused filament 3D printers are nowadays very popular and more accessible than ever before. But, their growing popularity has also led to growing concerns about health and environmental pollution: How does the melting and deposition process of thermoplastics affect indoor air quality?
Studies have found that emissions from 3D printers can cause health ilness as asthma after long-term exposure.
However, this is only in very extreme cases, depending on the handler and also on the lack of ventilation in the room where the printer is located. In any case, many printer manufacturers are working on this. For example, some printers have an integrated housing (which contains the fumes) and others may even have a carbon filter and a fan for fume extraction.
If you want to know more about the environmental and health pollution caused by 3D printing, watch out in the coming months where the ACCESS-3DP project consortium is developing a training module related to the potential risks of 3D printing that will be of great help to the industry and also to experts who have a printer at home.