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Covid-19 pandemic and 3D Printers

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Covid-19 pandemic and 3D Printers. According to HP’s CEO Enrique Lores,¨while corporations are trying to cut bac k on printing to save money and the environment, HP and its rivals have their sights set on 3D printing as a way to stay relevant and keep growing. (SmileDirectClub Inc. makes its teeth aligners with HP’s 3D printing, which it used to make coronavirus face shields for hospitals, too.) HP is also pushing subscriptions to its Instant Ink delivery service, which counted more than 7 million customers last month, up from 6 million in February.¨

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EPA view about 3D Printing emissions

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According to Dr. Souhail Al-Abed, lead EPA scientist of a new study on the subject,” Users may not be aware of chemical emissions during the printing process. His team’s research shows that common 3D printer ink, or filament, can emit gases during the printing phase that may pose a health risk to users and bystanders. The most concerning of these emissions are known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs for short.”
For instance, HP says that 3D printing will enable the manufacturing industry to produce less waste, less inventory and less CO2 emissions. It allows engineers and designers to rethink design throughout the product lifecycle in order to use less material and reduce waste by combining parts and using complex geometries to produce lightweight parts.

Keeping up with 3D Printing: EPA Researchers Build on New Plastic Emissions Study

EPA Looks at 3D Printing Emissions

Inhalation Exposure to Three-Dimensional Printer Emissions Stimulates Acute Hypertension and Microvascular Dysfunction

Research on Nanomaterials

Duke University — Center for Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology

University of California — Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC—CEIN)

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