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Industrial 3D Printers: Scant Worker Safety Guidance

May 24, 2018, 11:08 AM

The use of 3D printing to make such large-scale projects as houses, and automobile and aerospace parts, may seem like a thing of the future.

But keeping workers involved in this new method of production safe from exposure to raw materials is a problem manufacturing companies face now.

A fire and explosion at a Massachusetts-based 3D printing company in 2013 demonstrate the hazards posed to workers and companies. The Powerpart Inc. explosion—linked to reactive, combustible metal powders used in the 3D print making process—left one worker with third-degree burns, and the company facing tens of thousands of dollars in ...