Clean Strands has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for emissions testing and certification of plastic filament used in 3D printing. The LA-based company argues that although PLA and ABS plastic emits fumes when
heated in a 3D printer, very little research has been done into the effect on indoor air quality.
Clean Strands plans to work with the Built Environment Research Group (BERG) at Illinois Institute of Technology to find out what chemicals are being emitted into the air and in what concentrations. Testing will measure ultra-fine particles and total volatile organic compounds produced by PLA and ABS filaments. It will also work with Ramboll ENVIRON, a environmental consultancy specialising in air emissions, to set standards for safe indoor air quality when 3D printing. Plastic filament that is deemed to be safe will be awarded the Clean Strands Seal of Approval.
Testing and certification is scheduled to begin in September, with results made public by the end of the year.