BOFA International, specialist portable industrial fume and dust extraction, is seeing growing demand for its specialised range of 3D print systems that remove process odours and help capture potentially harmful airborne contaminants at source.
The adoption of additive manufacturing technologies is accelerating, along with an increasing awareness of the potential health and safety risks presented by the fume and particulate emitted by these processes. Without specialist filtration, fume and particulate could enter the breathing zones of operators, potentially affecting their health.
The company is heavily involved with 3D print extraction system design for additive manufacturing. Haydn Knight, sales & marketing director at BOFA, said: “3D printing covers lots of different additive manufacturing processes, but they share a need for effective removal of particulate and fume – including nanoparticles – to help operators meet their Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulatory obligations.”
He added that BOFA technology not only helps remove potentially harmful airborne contaminants and odours but can also capture print residue that would otherwise build up on machinery. In time, this debris can degrade high-value components, affect product quality and impact productivity.