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3D Printing: Health & Safety

3D Printers and Particle Emissions

With the widespread adoption of 3D printing in the last few years, there has been more focus on the potential hazards of this technology. We believe that operating a 3D printer is safe, provided that certain protections are in place.

What Have We Done?

The Library has undertaken a number of measures to mitigate any health and safety risks to users of the 3D printing.

  1. Purchased 3D printers models known for their safety and reliability.
  2. Placed an MSDS (Materials Safety and Data Sheet) beside the 3D printer so that users are aware of the potential hazards of working with PLA (polylactic acid).
  3. Chosen to use PLA (polylactic acid) filament over ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) filament. Since it is plant-based, PLA is less toxic than the petroleum-based ABS, and emits a less pungent smell. It is also semi-biodegradable, which made it a more ecological choice.
  4. Located both 3D printers in an open, well-ventilated area so that fumes can disperse easily.