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VOCs and toxicity of 3D printer emissions will be the focus of the presentation

Dr. Aika Davis, research scientist, and Dr. Qian Zhang, UL post-doctoral researcher, will be presenting “Particle and Chemical Emissions from Additive Manufacturing” during Rapid + TCT 2019, hosted by SME and Rapid News Publications LTD, on May 22 at 1:45 p.m. ET at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

Recent studies show that more than 200 different types of ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released from 3D printers. Many VOCs emitted during the 3D printing process can enter the human body, and may lead to adverse cardiovascular and pulmonary effects, especially for those chemicals that have low allowable exposure concentrations.

During the presentation, Davis and Zhang will give a brief overview of the emissions, and exposure to hazardous chemicals and particles from various 3D printers. The presentation will educate users on the emissions from additive manufacturing technologies predicted exposure levels in the different environments. New findings on toxicity of the emitted 3D printer particles as well as chemicals of concern will be discussed.

Davis and Zhang will present ANSI/CAN/UL 2904, “Standard Method for Testing and Assessing Particle and Chemical Emissions from 3D Printers,” which was published in January. The Standard 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.

To learn more about SME and Rapid News Publications LTD or to register for Rapid + TCT 2019, visit the event’s website.