Questions tagged [health]

For questions about the long-term effects of 3D printing. For questions that concern immediate safety during handling and operation of machines and materials, use the [safety] tag instead.

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Is 3D printing safe for your health?

I would like to buy a 3D printer, but I'm concerned about the health risks that are associated with its operation. Some groups of scientists say it can be harmful for humans. What do I need to ...
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Would 3d-printed objects outgas in vacuum?

I want to fabricate a sample holder and shadow masks to use in vacuum chambers. The type of printing material is not important to me PLA/ABS/PC-ABS/nylon). I'm worried that 3d printed objects (FDM) ...
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Are there biocompatible materials available to the general public?

I am currently working on parts for a custom prosthesis. My main concern at the moment is to find biocompatible materials that can be 3D printed from a UP or a Reprap. The piece would need to be in ...
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What are the safest temperatures to heat different filaments to?

I recently backed a 3D printer on Kickstarter, and I would like to 3D print parts for high-temperature applications. So I have two questions; What's the highest temperature polycarbonate can be ...
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Can you use PLA material with food and drinks?

I would like to print fancy plastic cutlery sets or plastic glasses. Is it safe to do it? Or bad for your health, if so, why?
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