Volume 94 Issue 4 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 25, 2016

Buyer Beware Of 3-D Printer Emissions

Indoor Air Pollution: Particulates and volatile organic compounds could reach harmful levels in office-sized spaces
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: 3-D printing, emission, VOC, polymers

As costs of three-dimensional printers drop and the devices increasingly make their way into offices, schools, and homes, users should consider how to limit exposure to emissions of particles and gases in the space where the printer is located. This caution stems from research by a team led by Brent Stephens of Illinois Institute of Technology and Neil E. Crain of the University of Texas, Austin (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, DOI:

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