11 Juni 2015

3D printing materials to be tested for hazardous fumes by Clean Strands

Los Angeles-based initiative aims to establish 3D printing safety standard for indoor air quality

Los Angeles-based Clean Strands announced today that it will be expanding the scope of emissions testing on materials used for 3D printing. With the anticipated success of its Kickstarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2115371267/clean-strandstm-seal-of-approval-for-3d-printing-f) Clean Strands now plans to: test the emissions of up to 75 3D printing filaments, issue all test results in the Clean Strands Emissions Report; set a standard for safe indoor air quality when 3D printing in homes and schools; and award qualifying filament manufacturers with a Clean Strands Seal of Approval, the first of its kind in the 3D printing industry.

The 3D printing filaments selected for emissions testing include: PLA, ABS, Nylon, and Composites such as brick, wood and carbon. Working with the Built Environment Group at Illinois Institute of Technology, Clean Strands plans to test the ultrafine particles (UFPs) and total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) emitted from 3D printing filaments at various temperatures. Additional testing for the presence, and concentration, of specific chemicals (including styrene and hydrogen cyanide) are also being planned.

Final test results, issued in the Clean Strands Emissions Report, will be available to the public free of charge. And filaments meeting Clean Strands’ standard for safe indoor air quality, established with assistance from global environmental consultancy, Ramboll ENVIRON, will receive a Clean Strands Seal of Approval to be displayed on boxes and packaging.

“Although the size of the 3D printing market is expected to be $21 billion by 2020, there’s been very little talk about safety,” said Clean Strands’ Founder, Rachel Spieczny. “While vent hoods and breathing masks are standard in industrial settings, there are currently no regulations controlling air quality when 3D printing in homes and schools. With little oversight into the chemicals that make up 3D printing filament, Clean Strands’ goal is to ensure that more regulations are in place by the time we think of 3D printers as just another common household appliance.”

 

About Clean Strands

Clean Strands was founded in 2015 by Rachel Spieczny, a PMP Certified Project Manager, working in architecture and high-tech, and mom of two young children in Los Angeles. Clean Strands is currently raising funds for their groundbreaking project through July 2, 2015 on Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2115371267/clean-strandstm-seal-of-approval-for-3d-printing-f

 

Contact

Rachel Spieczny
Mobile: (310) 344-5519
E-Mail: rachel@cleanstrands.com

Source: Clean Strands, press release, 2015-06-05.

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