MOD-t Safety Features
- Prints with non-toxic PLA filament
- Thermal fuse in hot end prevents excessive temperatures, even in the case of a hardware/software failure
- UL listed for safety based on nationally recognized safety standards
- Enclosed build volume prevents access to moving and heated parts while printing
3D Printing Safety FAQs
Designed with schools and families in mind, the MOD-t is one of the safest 3D printers on the market. If you are an educator or parent looking for more information on the safety of 3D printing, start here with our Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Is 3D printing safe?
There are many different forms of 3D printing. Some printers, like the MOD-t, use spools of plastic filament, while others use photopolymers and other harmful chemicals. The MOD-t employs Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), in which plastic is extruded to create an object. Fused Filament Fabrication is the safest and most common form of consumer 3D printing.
2. What type of material does the MOD-t use?
3D printers work with different types of filament, like PLA and ABS. The MOD-t uses only PLA filament, which is derived from cornstarch and is biodegradable. PLA is safe to use as it emits no odors or harmful fumes. ABS has a strong odor and is not recommended for classroom use.
3. Can 3D printers cause injuries?
While injuries from 3D printers are very uncommon, many 3D printers have exposed moving parts, and can cause burns if not handled carefully. The MOD-t poses very little threat of physical harm, however, as virtually all moving parts are covered. Students and children can also be protected from the hot end by keeping the clear cover on while the machine is in operation. Adult supervision is always recommended.
4. How do I know which 3D printers are safe to use?
3D printers are required to have consumer electronics certifications to be sold in the United States. A UL Listing and FCC mark on the product mean they are generally safe to use and pose no hazardous risks. However, the MOD-t is the only 3D printer on the market that has officially been awarded as Parent Tested Parent Approved™. This means the MOD-ts are safe to use for both families and schools.
5. Where can I learn more about the safety of 3D printing?
There is a large selection of material that can be found on the web. However, the folks over at 3ders.org have put together a great introduction to 3D printing, which you can find here. The website also covers 3D printing safety on many of their posts and articles.