May 27, 2014

Explosion in 3 D printing firm

New technologies but old hazards - A 3-D printing company, was cited by OSHA after an explosion and fire , which inflicted third-degree burns to an employee. The company was using combustible metal powders like titanium and aluminium alloys in the 3D printing process. There were no Class D metal fire extinguishers on-site during the explosion and fire.

"Establishments that use metal powders in this new technology need to scrutinize their processes and take steps to prevent and protect their employees from fire and explosion hazards that arise with these materials," said Robert Hooper, OSHA's acting regional administrator.
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