3D printing at home and the health risks associated with it

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Jul 24, 2013
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  1. Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology have released a study outlining the potential health risks associated with at-home 3D printers. The idea may seem a bit farfetched at first, but it’s much more plausible when you consider the fact...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    So the next wave of 3D printers will be sold with respirators...

    We cannot print food and chemicals just yet, although people are already printing guns, but with a respirator we are one step closer to Breaking Bad on that one... :)
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Bummer... I was hoping this was an article about someone who tried to print his own food.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    There is always a roadblock, and this is one of them. Hopefully we can find a way around this.
  5. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Print yourself some dust filters in the garden before you take it in the house :p
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  6. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    A lot of products we use have health risks but 3d printers are relatively new only time will tell when a lot of the population uses it whether is risky or not.
  7. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

  8. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    So printing a bowl and microwaving soup in it is probably a bad idea...
  9. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,069   +427

    Microwaving a plastic bowl that has a low melting temperature is always a bad idea.
  10. Oh, now that you can print guns at home it's bad for your health.. I see. How about aspartame "enriched" milk, FDA? That's ok, right?
    jackal2687 likes this.
  11. jeffz6

    jeffz6 TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Love it!
  12. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 268   +39

    That's one tiny thing in the gigantic mess of the food and drug industry here in America.

    Easily avoidable by educating yourself in health and changing what food products you buy (hint: go organic). Plastic toxicity and contamination is a different story entirely.

    At least the printers aren't further infesting our already contaminated water supply!

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