Fume Extraction for your H350 3D printer
Using a Stratasys H350 3D Printer for your end-use parts production? This guide explains the fumes produced by the additive manufacturing process when using the H350 printer and how to extract the fumes safely and effectively.
What fumes are created by the Stratasys H350 Printer?
The Stratasys H350 uses a process called Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). This process is where the 3D printer melts and extrudes a plastic filament to create a 3D object layer by layer. The Stratasys H350 harnesses this technology to create high volume end-use products such as electronic casing, clips, headphones, brackets, mould tools and shatterproof parts.
As a powder-based 3D printer, the fumes created by the H350 generally consist of ultrafine particles, that can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause respiratory issues and can pose health risks if inhaled in high concentrations over a long period of time.
It’s important to remember that the type of fumes and the amount of danger posed to the workforce operating the H350 depends on the specific filament used along with the temperature and printing conditions. A common by-product of 3D printing are ABS filament fumes, which although are not toxic, are generally unpleasant to inhale. Therefore, it’s crucial to implement a proper fume extraction system to remove these particles and chemicals from the air to maintain a good working environment.
How can Purex help?
Here at Purex, we have over 30 year’s experience supplying fume extraction solutions across a range of industries including additive manufacturing and laser engraving. Together with a high quality fume extraction unit such as the 800i 3-Tier the H350 3D Printer will not be safe to use but benefit from higher quality printing.
Looking to take your filtration to the next level? The Cyclone is a must have for any business looking to extend the life of their carbon filter while using the H350 3D Printer.
The Cyclone kit works in conjunction with the 800i 3-Tier to filter dust and debris from your additive manufacturing process before it reaches your Purex Carbon filter.
The Cyclone works by creating a cyclonic airflow which separates the heavier debris from the lighter dust particles. This removes large particles of debris before they reach your filtration system, enhancing its lifecycle.
Purex 800i 3-Tier
Some of the benefits of using the 800i 3-Tier include:
- Improved air quality: The Purex 800i 3-Tier filters harmful fumes and particles removing substances from the air and creating a safer working environment.
- Purer printing materials: The Purex 800i 3-Tier not only removes harmful substances from the air, it also removes excess moisture and impurities from the printing material. This results in a higher quality output.
- Reduced downtime: Without adequate filtration, impurities and moisture can clog the printer extruder, leading to print failures and extra maintenance on the H350. A proper filtration system reduces the risk of clogs and allows for more efficient printing.
- Cost saving: By reducing downtime, print failures and risk of clogs in the system, the Purex 800i 3-Tier can help you to save money by reducing wasted materials and from more efficient printing.
- Versatile: As with 3D printing, it’s important to choose a filtration system that can adapt to different printing materials. The 800i 3-Tier can handle fumes from a variety of different printing materials such as ABS, PLA, Nylon and more.
This is why choosing the Purex 800i 3-Tier is a valuable investment that will not only keep your employees safe, but save you money in the long run. So, if you’re using the Stratasys H350 and want more information, contact our helpful team today. Alternatively, check your existing fume extraction system by booking an LEV Test with our team.