March 26, 2020
COVID19 has hit all of us hard and unexpectingly but it is also bringing all of us together as a community. Many are trying to figure out how they can help the medical workers on the front lines. First, stay home! Second, make informed decisions about what you are 3D printing.
We have been getting tons of calls and emails about the best materials to 3D print masks or other medical devices. Things like this mask are a no-no with additive manufacturing:
There are a few reasons why this is a bad idea:
1. The 3D printed mask is not going to be airtight around the face, and having air leaks in your mask is as good as not having one on.
2. There are inherent manufacturing side effects with 3D printing. When extruding and stacking layers on top of each other, the process creates microscopic pores. Some printers will do a better job at managing these micro-defects but there is no way to guarantee perfection or even control the amount of defects.
While you can clean and sanitize the outer layer of a 3D printed part, you are leaving these holes untouched. The crevices are an ideal gathering place for bacteria, especially with a mask where hot air from your nose and mouth keeps those channels nice and warm.
3. These masks are not approved by medical experts and printing these without an end user is simply a waste of time and resources that can be put towards making useful things.
If you do have to use something like this mask then use materials the are inherently "germaphobic":
CPE, PET, rPET, PETG, and PP would fall under this category. Notice that all the above points still apply to these materials when 3D printed!
These facts make it harder to find proper use cases to utilize your 3D printers. So how can you help?
September 28, 2022
The current crisis across thousands of supply chains is hitting cost structures hard and unfortunately, BCN3D has not been exempt from such circumstances. For this reason, the suggested retail prices of the Epsilon W50, W50 SC, W27, and W27 SC will all increase on the 1st of October.
September 26, 2022
Raise3D has recently announced 32 new filaments available for use with the Raise3D E2CF! The E2CF is a 3D printer based on the E2 3D printer platform and specifically optimized for fiber-reinforced filaments. The new filaments share a high strength-to-weight ratio and consistent high performance during long-term operations.
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