UL Labs Leads Study on Safety Standards for 3D Printing Emissions

Published by , June 30, 2017 12:33 pm

(3DPrint.com) A study led by safety science company Underwriters Laboratories (UL) concludes that broader measures need to be taken in the form of new safety standards for 3D printing emissions. The two-year study was conducted by multiple organizations including UL’s Chemical Research Initiative, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Back in December 2015, Dr. Marilyn Black, Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
The full summary of the findings are here. While each individual study’s methodologies and findings varied, each drew consistent conclusions that there is a reason to be concerned about the emissions our 3D printers are giving off – but not to panic. Many of the suggestions for improving 3D printer safety are measures that are already being taken by manufacturers and users: adequate ventilation, for example, and printer enclosures. Adopting official safety standards to minimize the emissions given off by 3D printers is a wise idea, as well, to ensure that manufacturers are taking as many steps as possible to safeguard the health of their customers.

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