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Safety issues and legal regulations in the area of SLS technology – what should you know?

In the context of growing interest in selective laser sintering (SLS) technology, it is important to understand the safety issues and legal regulations regarding this 3D printing method. While SLS offers significant benefits, it presents some safety challenges and requires compliance with certain regulatory standards.

One of the main challenges in SLS technology is exposure to the polymer powder from which additive manufacturing is carried out. This powder may be hazardous if inhaled and requires the use of appropriate personal protective equipment such as dust masks and ventilation systems. Additionally, the high-energy lasers used in SLS require precautions to avoid contact with skin or eyes.

The 3D printing industry, including SLS technology, is subject to various regulations and standards, which may vary by country or region. In the European Union, 3D printers and consumables must comply with machinery directives and health and safety regulations. In the US, agencies such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) set guidelines for a safe work environment. Legal issues related to the protection of intellectual property are also important. If you want to produce something downloaded from the Internet, you need to be aware of copyrights, patents and trademarks.

The PA12 material used in SLS technology must meet specific standards and certifications, especially in industries such as aviation, automotive or medicine. It must be certified for biocompatibility or meet certain fire resistance standards. Technology Applied – the largest Polish service company, uses only certified materials provided by the German company EOS.

Both producers and users of SLS technology must be aware of important safety issues and comply with relevant legal regulations. This includes proper risk management, compliance with occupational safety regulations and protection of intellectual property. If you have any questions or doubts, it is worth seeking help from experts – e.g. Technology Applied, which has been specializing in 3D printing in SLS technology for almost ten years and serves leading manufacturing companies from Poland and Europe on a daily basis.

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