3D printing emissions: The basics
The potential impact and control of 3D printing emissions
This technical paper considers the data and associated potential impact and control of 3D printing emissions. Two main additive manufacturing (AM) processes are examined: fused filament fabrication (FFF, sometimes referred to as fused deposition modelling (FDM)) and VAT polymerisation (VP; sub-groups of which are stereolithography (SLA) and digital light processing (DLP)). FFF and VP generate the highest number of printer sales. Their output accounts for approximately 50% of the total components produced in the AM industry (Associates, 2021). It is also considered that, given the available data and the growing process adoption and use, there is a strong requirement to help ensure associated hazards are comprehensively mitigated by both users and employers.
Published November 2021
Ross Stoneham MEng (Hons) IMechE
Joshua Evans MEng (Hons) IChemE
Applications Engineer and Head of Learning
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