This study aims to investigate the potential impacts of rapid prototyping systems on the health and safety of operators and the environment, a growing concern given its wide-spread use in industry and academia.
Materials, processing and equipment features were used to identify potential health and safety risks and hazards, as well as environmental effects.
The study concludes with a “best practices” guide for rapid prototyping laboratories and service bureaus.
A thorough literature search revealed that Stephen M. Deak, the Rapid Prototyping Department Manager at Hasbro Inc., is the pioneer of the safety and health concerns in the rapid prototyping area. He is the only person to publish papers in this field in addition to these authors’ recent publications. His papers focused on the rapid prototyping laboratory safety guidelines and safe work practices in the rapid prototyping area.
Short, D.B., Sirinterlikci, A., Badger, P. and Artieri, B. (2015), "Environmental, health, and safety issues in rapid prototyping", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 105-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-11-2012-0111
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