Monday May 11, 2020
CPSC Staff Explain Research Work and other 3D Printing Activity
A May 6 CPSC report on additive/3D printing includes an overview of agency staffers' research activities. It also fleshes out some of the potential hazards described by the staffers at a commission briefing last fall (PSL, 11/4/19) plus outlines voluntary standards and touches on other matters like current printing techniques.
The new report (bit.ly/3dqxVw2) explains that research activities have included:
As staffers explained last autumn, the approach is to split hazards first into those from printers and the printing process versus those associated with the resulting items.
The printer/process concerns fall into the categories of thermal/fire/combustion, electrical, mechanical, chemical and special risks for inappropriate users, especially children.
The product risks run the gamut of usual CPSC attention, falling into the same categories as in the above paragraphs but involving failure to meet product rules or standards. For example, the report raises the possibility that a printed item intended for children might fail to meet provisions aimed against small parts, sharp edges, etc.