Underwriters Laboratories Inc. and the Not for Profit Safety Science Initiative, in partnership with Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, held its first Leadership Summit on the “Safety Science of 3D Printing” on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017.

The Summit, held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, presented stakeholders with research results focused on chemical and ultrafine particle emissions released during FDM printing. There were over 45 stakeholders present including printer manufacturers, material suppliers, public health researchers, school users, and government organizations. Dialogue among the participants centered on pathways forward for additional research on measuring the toxicity of particle emissions and communication to the public and users of 3D printers for minimizing emission exposure.

Based on research results and safety concern over these emissions, stakeholders agreed to move forward on developing an ANSI standard for measuring and assessing printer emissions for safe use in indoor spaces. A summary of the Summit will be published and made available to all interested parties.

For more information on the Summit, please contact Celene.Abraham@ul.com.







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