3D Printing Safety 101: How schools can safely use 3D printers in the classroom

By Dr. Marilyn Black 3D printers have become a valuable tool in K-12 classrooms because they inspire creativity and problem-solving by bringing students’ ideas and designs to life. 3D printers engage students, provide new learning opportunities and even strengthen their skills for one day entering the workforce. However, this technology, which has become more affordable in recent years, also poses a health concern because of its potential to release volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and ultrafine particles (UFPs) into the air during operation. This can affect indoor air quality and expose people to pollutants that may lead to adverse acute and […]

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