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MakerBot Method 3D Printers Achieve UL GREENGUARD Certification

MakerBot has received GREENGUARD certification from UL for its METHOD, METHOD X and SKETCH 3D printers when processing MakerBot Tough materials, as well as the Clean Air System with METHOD X when printing with ABS, PC-ABS and Nylon materials.

GREENGUARD Certification is an internationally recognized product emissions certification and labeling program that rates products against third-party chemical emissions standards. It follows the launch of MakerBot’s RapidRinse fast-dissolving water-soluble support material – which eliminates the need for caustic chemicals during post-processing and, according to the company, is the latest in a series of initiatives underway to support industry safety, sustainability and compliance.

MakerBot’s METHOD and SKETCH 3D printers feature enclosed build chambers designed to prevent access to the build plate while printing in motion, while SKETCH also includes an integrated particulate filter. The Clean Air System, on the other hand, is an intelligent dual filtration system for the METHOD platform that includes a HEPA filter for protection against ultra-fine particles (UFP) and an activated carbon filter for protection against organic compounds. volatile (VOC) and odours. In order to achieve GREENGUARD certification, the clean air system with METHOD X was tested for UFPs and VOCs in a controlled exposure chamber per ANSI/CAN/UL 2904.1 with results showing that the UFPs were reduced by up to 100% and total VOCs reduced by up to 64%.

“Our goal with METHOD is to make advanced 3D printing engineering materials more accessible to engineers,” commented Nadav Goshen, CEO of MakerBot. “Part of the challenge is to make it easier to print these documents at the office, at home and at school. Achieving UL GREENGUARD certification for the MakerBot Clear Air with METHOD X shows that we can reduce 3D printing emissions from materials well below maximum levels, a major step towards improving the 3D printing process.

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