Kristine Lofgren

Scientists Find That Nanoparticles from 3D Printers Can Be Harmful to Your Health

by , 07/22/13
filed under: green technology, News

3D Printer, 3d Printers harm health, 3D printers release particles, 3D printer nanoparticles, 3d printing, 3D printing harms health, Brent Stephens, Ph.D.a, Parham Azimia, Zeineb El Orcha, Tiffanie Ramosa, National Institute of Applied Sciences, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago

3D printers can create amazing things, but new research show that they may have a dark side – at least when it comes to our health. Scientists found that the printing process involved in creating those fantastic 3D models can release a high amount of ultrafine particles into the air, which can be harmful if inhaled.

3D Printer, 3d Printers harm health, 3D printers release particles, 3D printer nanoparticles, 3d printing, 3D printing harms health, Brent Stephens, Ph.D.a, Parham Azimia, Zeineb El Orcha, Tiffanie Ramosa, National Institute of Applied Sciences, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago

According to a recent study, small-scale 3D printers — the type used in homes and small offices — can emit a high amount of ultrafine particles into the atmosphere. The researchers didn’t test commercial-grade printers. 3D printers work by heating up thermoplastic, which emits particles. The real problem is that these fine particles are just the right size to get into the lungs and move through the body.

Don’t go throwing out your shiny new 3D printer, though. According to the study, the amount of nanoparticles released is equivalent to the amount released when cooking with an electric skillet or when grilling food on a gas or electric stove. The report recommends using 3D printers in a well-ventilated area just to be safe.

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3 Comments

  1. Doc Fubar July 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Exactly the same can be said for any laser printer, toner dust travels quite well as anyone who\\\’s had to clean one could tell you. All computer environments should be well ventilated anyway, this is nothing new, just a new technology being added to a list of possible causes for some illness that \\\’could\\\’ make some layers a lot of money.
    Car exhaust is far more toxic, let\\\’s ban them? Can\\\’t see that happening!

  2. Great White- Shark: Ear... July 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    While this is an awesome article and very important to know, Elarue makes a great point; homes are going to have, to have people living in them that make enough money and resources to afford to purchase, use and maintain these 3D Printers.

  3. elarue July 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    How prominent are home based 3D printers anyway? I don’t see them on a wide scale. I suspect that as the commercial variety gets more widespread and there’s more of a demand for the home based variety, they should be able to take care of these issues in newer models.

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