Ever since the invention of the first 3D printer, there has been much discussion about whether or not these devices could pose a fire hazard. This is because of a lack of understanding about what types of materials are safe for printing with 3D printers.
This article will explore the safety concerns that may exist and how to reduce them. It will also provide tips on which materials are best suited for printing on 3D printers so that you can print your next project without worrying about safety or getting in trouble.
Are 3D Printers A Fire Hazard?
Yes. 3D printers are a fire hazard, and most of the risks come from the printer’s heated bed. But there is a way you can reduce these risks, and that’s by using different types of filament for your prints.
Preventing Potential Fires From 3D Printers
One of the things about 3D printing is that you can print out anything. This means that if you’re not careful, you could end up with a fire hazard lying around your house.
Experts recommend that people take the following safety measures to prevent fires:
- Always think in terms of fire hazards and make sure your printer is safely placed-away from open flames or any other potential sources of ignition (such as oily rags).
- Extinguish all smoking materials before operating any type of machinery.
- Make sure your filament material is also combustible-free (usually ABS plastic).
- Don’t operate the machine while under the influence.
- Make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated area to prevent build-ups of smoke from melted plastic.
- Don’t operate your printer in an unsecured location with nothing protecting it from accidental knocks or bumps.
So, yes, they can be a potential fire hazard but with some preventative measures you should not run into this issue. Hopefully this article will help you to know how to best protect your printer and anything that it might end up in the future.