I would like to print lunch boxes, which I can put into the microwave.

How could I determine, if the print material is appropriate (dishwasher, food, microwave safe)?

  • $\begingroup$ You should ask a more specific question, like "Is material X when printed using Y process Z safe"? Attempting to stuff information about all possible materials, processes and types of safety in to one question doesn't seem wise. $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2016 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ I am not familiar with the print materials, so I would like to ask it before I buy one. Btw this is the top voted question in the definition phase. So it is considered a good question by the community. $\endgroup$
    – Iter Ator
    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:36
  • $\begingroup$ This is at least three separate questions. $\endgroup$
    – Adam Davis
    Jan 13, 2016 at 13:02
  • $\begingroup$ well it won't be food safe because most thermoplastics are porous making it great for harboring bacteria. I'm not sure about the others. $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2016 at 19:34
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    $\begingroup$ This is a very nice question, with a well define scope and parameters that can be addressed objectively. Expecting "is material X when printed using Y process Z safe?" as a question is an arbitrary expectation: one could object that formulation too is too broad, as it did not ask "...with a nozzle in W material and at temperature T, post-processed with technique Q", for example. This is a small site, with a tiny community around it. We should work to make it relevant and helpful. Comprehensively answering a question like "how to print functional microwave containers" would certainly help... $\endgroup$
    – mac
    Jan 29, 2018 at 21:39


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