3D Printing Health Risks?

We came across an article pointing out some possible heath risks associated with 3-D printing. Read up and be careful when you print. 

From the article: "What they found was that the level of harmful particles and fumes depended mostly on the filament material, not the maker of the printer. For example, ABS emitted styrene, a type of chemical that's toxic and carcinogenic. Other materials based on nylon emitted caprolactam, a chemical linked to a laundry list of health problems. Meanwhile, the PLA filament emitted lactide, which is actually pretty benign. All told, the levels of ultrafine particles reached concentrations 10 times as high as a normal office or lab."

Here is the ​ [Full Article @ Fast Company]​.

Here is a link to the study referenced in the article: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.5b04983

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