Safe and Sound: MakerBot PLA Filament
At MakerBot, providing the best possible 3D printing experience for our customers is about more than releasing new, innovative products. It’s about ensuring that our products are among the safest on the market, so that even our most active customers can print with confidence.
A recent study has sought to answer safety-related questions regarding 3D printing filament. As supported by this study, we would like to underscore that our latest generation of 3D printers only use filament that is safe for your classroom or business. Known as PLA, or polylactic acid, this filament is a nontoxic resin made of sugar derived from starches found in foods, like potatoes, corn, grain, or even beets.
There are a few reasons why we strongly recommend MakerBot PLA Filament. We carefully collaborate with several nationally recognized testing laboratories to ensure that our products adhere to the latest safety standards and applicable requirements. As a result, you will find our MakerBot PLA Filament is both compliant with regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. (OSHA) and the European Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). For many countries, we offer Safety Data Sheets, such as this version for the United States.
Since our latest line of 3D printers are optimized for MakerBot PLA Filament, they perform best with this filament. We cannot guarantee any other filament is tested to our same safety standards or will provide anything close to the same performance.
Beyond what we’ve noted, we believe that environmental considerations are also important, especially as the industry grows. That’s one reason why we decided to use PLA filament with our latest 3D printers. PLA is compostable and recyclable in a #7 recycling center.
To note, OSHA emissions regulations are geared towards large-scale manufacturing, and not 3D printing. Given that 3D printing is a new industry, these standards are possibly set to change in the future based on additional studies. As noted in December, the non-profit Underwriters Laboratories, widely known for setting product safety standards, is partnering with two universities to study whether emissions safety requirements should be more stringent. As standards evolve, we will continue to make sure every classroom, business, or home is as safe as possible with a MakerBot 3D Printer.
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