When it comes to desktop 3D printers that can easily fit in with modern office styling and workflow, there aren’t many options: Replicator 2, Cube, Form 1, and arguably Afinia. Several others will be available soon though: Zortrax, Buccaneer,FABtotum, (the controversial) ProDesk3D, and Zeus to name a few.
Many desktop 3D printers rely on heated thermoplastic extrusion and deposition, which is a process that has been shown to have significant aerosol emissions in industrial environments. However, we are not aware of any data on particle emissions from commercially available desktop 3D printers. Therefore, Brent Stephens, Parham Azimi, Zeineb El Orcha, and Tiffanie Ramos report on measurements of size-resolved and total ultrafine particle (UFP) concentrations resulting from the operation of two types of commercially available desktop 3D printers inside a commercial office space. Continue reading “Ultrafine particle emissions from desktop 3D printers”