3D Printing Fume Extraction Solutions

If you are 3D printing, you need to be aware of the associated potential Health & Safety risks of the toxic fumes and particulate that are emitted from 3D printing processes and use an effective fume extraction and filtration system to remove these risks from your operators’ breathing zone. BOFA offers a range of specialist systems designed specifically to help you achieve this.

3D PrintPRO logo - Fume Extraction

Types of 3D Printing:

  • Stereolithography



  • SLS - Selective Laser Sintering



  • FFF - Fused Filament Fabrication



  • PolyJet Technology



  • WDM Technology - Wax Deposition Modeling

What is 3D Printing?

3D Printing, sometimes referred to as ‘additive manufacturing’ is the process by which a solid object is created by the addition of layers of material fed to a point determined by what is effectively XYZ digital robotic software.

The material, which can be a range of plastics or metals, is fed to the deposition point usually in wire or powder form where it is heated and fused to the previously deposited material.

Extremely complex shapes can be produced in this way and since the process is ‘additive’ rather than ‘subtractive’ where material is removed from a larger piece by machining, grinding etc, very little material is wasted. The production of products previously injection molded or cast can save thousands in tooling costs.

 


The Need For Fume Extraction...

3D printing processes that heat materials cause particles, droplets and gases to be released that can be harmful if inhaled.

3D Printer breathing zone
 

The 3D PrintPRO range:

'Print your own' 3D manifolds:

The air outlet has slots along the top of the manifold, allowing a clean band of ultra clean air to flood the open face of the printer.

The air inlet manifold has a open grill of hexagons sucking in the contaminated air, which will pull all the fumes and printing vapors away from the 3D printing area, allowing for a clean working environment and precise final print.

The end plug and connection spigots can be put on either end of the manifold and there is a choice of a straight or 90 degree bend spigot, to allow for correct positioning on the 3D printer.

Airflow path between the 2 manifolds

The BOFA 3D manifolds for 3D printing have been provided 'free of charge' for you to 'print your own'.

The 2 manifolds are designed to work with the 3D PrintPRO 2 and 3 extraction systems, to provide an air delivery system on one side of the 3D printer, and an air extraction system on the other.

There are 5 parts to each of the manifolds, a connection spigot, the first end piece, a middle piece (which can be repeated to extend the manifold), and an end piece.


The BOFA 3D Printing Fume Extraction Range


3D PrintPRO manifold STEP file download

Parts:
Air outlet manifold sections
Air inlet manifold sections
Spigot manifolds
End plug

Instruction Manual
PDF document



The BOFA 3D PrintPRO manifold outlets


The free of charge 'print your own' files for the 30mm & 50mm manifolds for the 3D PrintPRO 2 & 3D PrintPRO 3 have been provided in STEPS format for you to use on your own 3D printer. This allows you to print as many parts as needed in which ever combination suits you best, to fit your 3D printer. If you need more help, please contact us.

The BOFA 3D PrintPRO manifold inlets
The BOFA 3D PrintPRO manifold outlets