Study shows 3D printing fumes may be harmful


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In news that shouldn’t be surprising to experienced 3D printing enthusiasts, a new study from researchers at universities in the US and France shows that 3D printer fumes may be harmful. In particular, the study notes that printing with softer ABS plastics emits styrene, a possible carcinogen, at higher than recommended levels. PLA printing emissions are generally non-toxic though.

Users should ensure their 3D printers are in a well ventilated area, particularly if printing with PLA or nylon materials.

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