BOFA and Atome3D join forces to offer 3D printing air filtration technology in Europe
In the future, Atome3D will offer the entire BOFA portfolio 3DPRO printing air filtration products, including 3D PrintPRO 2, 3 and 4. The devices are designed to integrate with third-party 3D printers to effectively capture harmful vapors and particles emitted during the printing process.
Haydn Knight, BOFA Director of Sales and Marketing, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Atome3D.com, which reflects the success of the company’s commercial 3D printing systems and the growing reputation of the technology. BOFA extraction in this market.
The hidden dangers of 3D printing
When using a 3D printer, especially in human-occupied spaces like homes and offices, it is essential to keep health and safety in mind. Since 3D printing often involves fusing and sintering, a very real danger is the release of airborne contaminants, which can come in all shapes, sizes, and smells.
Ultrafine particles (UFP) are often the size of nanoparticles (less than 100 microns) but pose significant health risks, while volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are characterized by their distinctly unpleasant odors.
The detrimental effects of these two emissions are well documented, with organizations like the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) even publishing health and safety posters specifically for 3D printing. Even short-term exposure can lead to a whole host of health problems, including headaches, eye irritation, skin problems, breathing problems, and damage to the central nervous system. This makes air filtration crucial in indoor working environments.
The study of emissions is an area of active research, and several factors contribute to the actual harmfulness of a 3D printing process, such as the choice of materials and the process parameters used in construction. Researchers from Seoul National University previously studied the effect of nozzle temperature on hazardous particle emission rates during FFF 3D printing, determining that emissions increased with temperature in the four polymers tested.
Elsewhere, scientists from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also studied VOC emissions during FFF 3D printing, this time looking at composites such as carbon fiber reinforced ABS.
BOFA’s 3D PrintPRO range
BOFA International has humble roots, starting as a small family business in 1987. Since then the company has grown into a leading supplier of fume extraction and filtration systems, with offices in the UK, Germany and the States. -United. The company also exports to more than 120 countries around the world, serving all kinds of industries such as electronics, mechanical engineering, dental care, pharmaceuticals and 3D printing.
The company’s 3D PrintPRO range is designed specifically for additive manufacturing systems and works with nearly all commonly used 3D printing technologies. This includes FFF, SLA, material jet and powder bed melting.
The compact units all offer active fume extraction functionality with optional speed controls, as well as mini-pleat HEPA filters. HEPA filters are tested and certified with a minimum efficiency of 99.997% for particles as small as 0.3 microns and 95% down to 0.1 microns.
Knight concludes, “Our relationship with Atome3D.com will help protect users by removing all potentially harmful air contaminants while maximizing productivity by preventing material build-up on high-value components. We look forward to a very positive future working together.
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The image shown shows the 3D PrintPRO 3. Image via BOFA International.