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.
The Library has undertaken a number of measures to mitigate any health and safety risks to users of the 3D printing.
Purchased 3D printer models known for their safety and reliability.
Provided an MSDS (Materials Safety and Data Sheet) beside the Ultimaker and Makerbot 3D printers so that users are aware of the potential hazards of working with PLA (polylactic acid).
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.
Located 3D printers in an open, well-ventilated area so that fumes can disperse easily.