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Emissions from consumer level 3D printers topic of ACS presentation

Dr. Qian Zhang, UL post-doctoral researcher, will be presenting “Emissions from Consumer Level 3D printers and their Potential Health Impacts” during the 257th annual American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting on April 3 in Orlando, Florida.

During the operation of consumer level 3D printers, a mixture of ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds (VOCS) can enter the human body, which may lead to adverse cardiovascular and pulmonary effects. UL Chemical Safety and Georgia Institute of Technology’s research, published in 2018, identifies more than 200 different VOCs, that are released during the 3D printing process.

In January, UL Chemical Safety and UL Standards announced ANSI/CAN/UL 2094, “Standard Method for Testing and Assessing Particle and Chemical Emissions from 3D Printers” to help stakeholders mitigate indoor air pollutions risks associated with 3D printer emissions. ANSI/CAN/UL 2904 contains measurement and assessment protocols for the emissions of particles and volatile chemicals from diverse 3D printers, print media, and print applications. It currently applies to freestanding 3D printers that are typically found in schools, offices, libraries, homes, and other non-industrial indoor spaces.

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