Filtration Understanding the need for 3D print filtration
From medical visors to components for spacecraft, 3D printing continues to transform our understanding of how things are made. Yet, there is relatively little authoritative industry insight into the by-products of additive manufacturing processes.
Research undertaken by Bofa International, a supplier of portable fume and dust filtration, shows how filtration and atmosphere management technology can contribute positively to workplace environmental practices while helping drive productivity.
The company helps manufacturers manage their 3D print environments using advanced filtration. Its range of portable filtration and atmosphere management systems are tailored to specific processes and provide multi-stage filtration of nanoparticles, particulate, fume and gases. This can help prevent potentially harmful airborne contaminants both entering the work environment and creating a build-up of debris on expensive equipment, which could potentially impact product quality.
“The term 3D printing covers many additive manufacturing processes but they share a need for effective removal of particulate and fume to help operators meet their obligations under Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations,” said Katrina Clemens, General Manager, Bofa Americas.
The manufacturer’s portable range of extraction units for this sector also helps filter print residue that would otherwise build-up on expensive machinery. In time, this debris could potentially degrade high-value components, affect product quality and impact productivity.
Bofa has developed a range of solutions for the 3D printing sector, with filter technology and extraction performance matched to specific applications.