These large-scale 3D printers may not be practical for home use, but there are office-friendly, safe and cost-effective setups you can buy.
Yes you can 3D print metal parts at home or apartment if you have enough room for it.
For a complete metal 3D printing setup, you need:
- Sinstering furnace
These metal 3D printers almost the size of a small refrigerator are available that can print:
- Stainless steels
- Tool steels
Major Safety Consideration
Many materials have hazards associated with them, and they require proper handling. As additive manufacturing is increasing in popularity and there are still many gaps in the information available about health and safety risks as National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) is continuing to study the potential hazard of 3D printing.
For any 3D printing including metal pose hazards of the following:
Please reference NIOSH ‘s 3D printing safety guideline here
- Powder fume could be accidently inhaled due to poor ventilation setup
- Material causing skin problems without proper protection
- Static and fire hazard
What Are Ways To Protect The User From 3D Printing Hazard?
For home printing, please be realistic about the working environment at your current residence.
Here are ways to protect yourself and others at home:
- Find a dedicated room for home 3D printing (Garage)
- Use lower emissions materials
- Keep hazardous material away from food or children
- Reducing time spent near the 3D printer
- Wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment)