How Industrial Dust Collectors Exclude Dangers in the 3D Printing Industry

    1. 3D Printing Process

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process to create three dimensional solid parts with minimal waste and low manufacturing costs. Previously, 3D printing was used for creating small quantity prototyping parts. The 3D printing technology has grown and developed very rapidly during past few years. Today, the 3D printed products are used everywhere from prosthetics to aircraft and architectural scale models, with new possibilities evolving constantly.

    2. Hazardous Fumes and Combustible Dust from 3D Printing Process

As the use of 3D printing process has increased tremendously, there are some challenges raised regarding the health and safety issues. The 3D printing or rapid prototyping process uses materials from plastic and nylon to aluminum and titanium. Almost all of these materials are combustible and capable of producing combustible airborne particles and toxic fumes. This applies especially in cases of large-scale manufacturing where several machines run simultaneously. Furthermore, according to the recent research studies, the 3D printers emit a significant amount of ultrafine particles (UFPs) and hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These UFPs and VOCs are often hazardous and can cause various health problems if inhaled.

Similarly, a study done by National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) aiming 3D printing process shows that, using of PLA filaments, that are utilized at a low temperature, can generate over 20 billion particles per minute; with ABS feedstock having the capacity to release over 200 billion, in that same scenario. These nanoparticles are very small, and can easily enter into human’s body via the respiratory, cardiovascular or nervous system and be extremely harmful to one’s bodily function. Good ventilation and a customized industrial dust collection system are therefore necessary to ensure a safer work environment.

    3. Risk Mitigation Strategies During 3D Printing Process

Industrial dust collector is a machine used to remove dirt, dust, fumes, gases and chemicals from the air, providing clean air for your 3D printing plant. The dust collection system inhales air from a given application and then processes it through a filtration system so that particles can be deposited in the collection area and the purified air can be discharged to restore a healthy working environment.

Installing an industrial dust collector can effectively capture those ultrafine particles, volatile organic compounds and dust produced by 3D printing process, before reaching the operator’s breathing zone. This results in a safe and clean work environment where several 3D printers can run simultaneously without causing health or safety risks.

Industrial dust collector not only create a healthy working environment for employees to a great extent, but also have a positive impact on product quality and machine productivity. The installation of industrial dust collection system in 3D printing industry can effectively absorb tens of thousands of harmful dust accumulated on products and 3D printing machines, so as to ensure the quality of 3D printing products and the performance of machines.

VILLO Vacuum as a provider of clean air solutions, has been specializing in industrial dust collectors and fume extractors for more than 10 years. Our high efficiency dust collectors and fume extractors are designed to work with any brand and can easily integrate into any environment. They are equipped with a highly efficient filtration and best explosion proof protection system to make sure the safer work environment. Additionally, they also keep your air clear of dangerous byproducts and toxic substances your process might use or produce.