DK: Report on environmental aspects of 3D plastic printing

01 April 2016

As the price of 3D printers has decreased, the number of industrial and consumer 3D printers has climbed with an estimated 400,000 devices in use globally and 20,000 in Denmark. Aside from material data sheets for the two most common plastic filaments used - PLA and ABS - little is known about potential environmental and health effects associated with 3D printing.
A report published by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency says that the printing filaments contain additives, but there is only limited information about their chemical identity. The report also examines a limited number of lifecycle analyses of 3D printing (State Recycling Laws Update, 14 March 2016).
Click here to download the Danish EPA report (with an English summary, 1.69 MB).
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