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Environmental, health, and safety issues in rapid prototyping

D. B Short (School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, USA)
A. Sirinterlikci (School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, USA)
P. Badger (School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, USA)
B. Artieri (School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, USA)

Rapid Prototyping Journal

ISSN: 1355-2546

Article publication date: 19 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

Materials, processing and equipment features were used to identify potential health and safety risks and hazards, as well as environmental effects.

Findings

The study concludes with a “best practices” guide for rapid prototyping laboratories and service bureaus.

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

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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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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