Research shows UP BOX+ a safer 3D Printer for indoor use

Research shows UP BOX+ a safer 3D Printer for indoor use
Research shows UP BOX+ a safer 3D Printer for indoor use

The researchers from Built Environment Research Group at Illinois Institute of Technology have conducted research that aims to test how effective the enclosed chamber and HEPA filter helps reduce UFP and VOC emission. UP BOX+ and UP Fila ABS are the products that were used in the research.

According to the report, UFP emissions can be reduced significantly by the rate of 74% with enclosed chamber. Even more so, when working with HEPA filter, the result can be improved to 91%. Studies show that the intense concentration of UFP could have harmful impact on people’s health.

The research group published the following chart showing the maximum UFP concentration with HEPA filter was 5.0E+03, which is more than 90% lower than other 3D printers that had the same test in the research group.

Figure 4. a) Time-varying UFP concentrations inside the chamber during background, printing, and decay time periods for (i) open enclosure without the filtration system operating (SM-R 2 : 0.97; total loss rate: 1.4 1/hr) (ii) closed enclosure without the filtration system operating (SM-R 2 : 1.00; total loss rate: 1.4 1/hr), , and (iii) closed enclosure with the filtration system operating (SM-R 2 : 0.99; total loss rate: 1.3 1/hr) and b) estimates of time-varying UFP emission rates during the printing period for the same 3 scenarios

Figure 1. a) Time-varying UFP concentrations inside the chamber during background, printing, and decay time periods for (i) open enclosure without the filtration system operating (SM-R 2 : 0.97; total loss rate: 1.4 1/hr) (ii) closed enclosure without the filtration system operating (SM-R 2 : 1.00; total loss rate: 1.4 1/hr), , and (iii) closed enclosure with the filtration system operating (SM-R 2 : 0.99; total loss rate: 1.3 1/hr) and b) estimates of time-varying UFP emission rates during the printing period for the same 3 scenarios

Source: Azimi,P,. Brent Stephens, B., 2017. Enclosure performance: Ultrafine particles (UFPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) removal efficiency of desktop 3D printer enclosures. Chicago: The Built Environment Research Group, Illinois Institute of Technology, (102/001).

 

Meanwhile, VOC is another typical compound produced when operating a 3D printer. As the report mentioned the total VOC generated by UP BOX using ABS with closed enclosure and airfilter is 10.3, which is, according to previous studies done by the same researchers, lower rate than that of the other 3D printers with ABS.

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Figure 2. Estimates of emission rates for the top three highest concentration VOCs as well as sum of the top 10 detectable VOCs (i.e., ΣVOC) resulting from the operation of 16 3D printer and filament combinations.

Source: Stephens, B., 2016. Evaluating and controlling airborne emissions from desktop 3D printers enclosures. Chicago: The Built Environment Research Group, Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

The enclosed design of the 3D printer is crucial to users’ health, and a built-in HEPA filter can play an important role in reducing the amount of UFP. UP BOX+ is the ideal and safer option for the user who prints with an ABS model 3D printer in indoor like the office, classroom, and home.

References:

1.Azimi, P., Stephens, B., 2016. Enclosure performance: Ultrafine particles (UFPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) removal efficiency of desktop 3D printer enclosures. Chicago: The Built Environment Research Group, Illinois Institute of Technology

2. Built Environment Research Group., 2017. VOC & particle emissions from 3D printers [Online]. Chicago: Built Environment Research Group, Illinois Institute of Technology. Available from: http://built-envi.com/portfolio/ultrafine-particle-emissions-from-3d-printers/[Accessed 07/03/2017].

3. Tessy., 2017. Study suggests 3D printers with enclosed chambers and filters can reduce particle emissions [Online]. Amsterdam: 3der. Available from: http://www.3ders.org/articles/20170306-study-suggests-3d-printers-with-enclosed-chambers-and-filters-can-reduce-particle-emissions.html [Accessed 07/03/2017].