3D-printed materials may present toxic exposure risk

Written by Vivian Xie

3D printing risk

Various studies presented in the Exposure and Risk Assessment of 3D Printing and Emerging Materials Symposium at the SRA Annual Meeting (13–17 December 2020, Virtual) are reported to have revealed or predicted potential toxicity to human pulmonary regions. Given the increasing usage of 3D printing in providing readily available products – from new technology to essential personal protective equipment for COVID-19 – at larger quantities and cheaper costs, risk researchers have begun questioning the health and safety implications associated with the use of 3D printers and the products manufactured. “To date, the general public has little awareness of possible exposures...

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