3D printer emissions are not only an issue for professional 3D Printers. Safety and Sustainability issues are a problematic raised for all 3D printers used in indoor environments like schools, hospitals, offices and factories.
A report from Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research & a two-year study published by UL, a safety science company, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, revealed that gas emissions from 3D Printers include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ultrafine particles that may comprise health and indoor air quality for people present in the same environment those 3D printers operate.
More than 90% of the particles emitted by these 3D printers are in nanoparticle range (less than .1 micron) and, when inhaled, can cause cardiovascular and pulmonary issues.
It’s up to companies to look for solutions that may prevent this issue. In this vein, US-Based manufacturer of industrial desktop 3D printers RIZE was granted UL 2904 GREENGUARD Certification for its RIZE One Industrial 3DPrinter, as well as its Rizium™ One filament, Release and Marking inks.
As a reminder, last year, UL published emissions standard UL 2904 for 3D printers that outlines particle and VOC emissions limits. The aim of the organization was then, to demonstrate that 3D printers can be used without negatively impacting indoor air quality.
In other terms, a product that receives UL 2904 GREENGUARD Certification meets rigorous third-party chemical emissions standards, which prove they can reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure.
“As the first 3D printer provider to earn GREENGUARD Certification to UL 2904, RIZE demonstrates their leadership in proactively bringing 3D printers to market that help support healthier indoor environments. We congratulate them on this notable accomplishment,” said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager for UL’s Environment division.
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