Hey all. I’m on deck for a Form 2 that is scheduled to arrive in a month or so (fingers crossed).
As I plan to put my printer in my home office, which is adjacent to my son’s room, I have been thinking on how to go about dealing with fumes that will be created by the printing process. I also sleep in there on occasion when the 4 year old decides to crawl into our bed in the middle of the night.
Of course, during the day, (barring extreme temperatures) I can just open a window and throw a box fan in it. However I’m not comfortable with doing so overnight.
I’ve toyed with the idea of building a Plexiglas enclosure and vent out of a slightly open, and secured window. Low power fan, pushing air in the box, with a higher power fan pulling the output. Doing so however, such that it is durable and not a huge pain in the ass (increasing the printer’s footprint, accessing the printer, etc.) is a challenge.
I’m curious as to how the folks who are concerned as I am, have dealt with this issue? Thanks!
The form 2 really doesnt smell badly at all. I have it sat next to me in my home office and I cannot smell anything other than when I open it for a few seconds to remove a print.
The Form 1+ and Form 2 do not require any special ventilation for operation. We also have full MSDS documentation for all our materials at the bottom of the page here:
OK Jory, I’ll be getting in touch when I forget my mother’s name, the alphabet, the capital of Montana, etc.
I kid, that’s great to hear. I’ve got too large a backlog of printing projects to add something to the front of the line. Thanks!
I haven’t noticed any smell at all, but I still wouldn’t recommend putting it in your office,
I have a 4 year old, and my office is next to her room. Once I really thought about it, I realized there were a lot of reasons to not have it anywhere near her:
- it needs to be carefully leveled, so moving it around means you need to recalibrate it, My kid crashes into things like tables all the time
- it has easily accessible liquid resin inside at all times.
- you need to keep a lot of isopropyl alcohol around, including dunk tanks for your parts
- you have sharp tools around for removing from the print bed and trimming supports
- there is a noise associated with the motors that can be a bit annoying at night.
I ended up setting up space in my basement. It is cool down there, but never below mid 50s. It takes about 15 - 20 minutes for the resin to get up to temperature to print, but since we’re usually talking 4-5 hour prints at minimum, that additional tax is worth it to have the stuff locked away.
Those are good points. While I plan to ensure my office stays locked, I would love to put my printer in the basement. Unfortunately, my basement is dusty as hell. Our lint spewing dryer is down there, not to mention the horse hair plaster ceiling (the place is almost 100 years old) is slowly but surely crumbling.
If I had a few extra bucks I would rent some artspace in a heartbeat. As even with locks on the door, there is no escape.
My basement has 100+ year old fieldstone, so there is some amount of dust. I put heavy plastic sheets over the walls in the area of the printer. So far, so good. It’s a pretty closed system, so while the exterior might get dusty, the inside will be protected other than when you are taking prints out.
Hmm, that’s a good idea. That’s a real good idea. Perhaps I’d throw in an air filter for good measure. Well, I certainly have more room in the basement. Thanks man,
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