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Is the smell strong?

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Posted · Is the smell strong?

Hello,

I am seriously thinking about purchasing an Ultimaker 3 that I could put in the office so my co-workers and I can learn more about 3D printing (and make the occasional part we'd need).

Is there much of a smell when printing? There are others in the office and I cannot make this happen if the smell is strong or is light but sticks around for a long time.

Any thoughts or suggestions regarding the printing smell? Does it bother you or others in your home of office?

Thanks.

-Cablet

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Posted · Is the smell strong?

Hi @Cablet,

thank you for your message.

The smell really depends on what filaments you use. PLA barely has a smell, and when it does it is often not considered as very unpleasant. ABS on the other hand has a pretty bad small, of which is also proven it can contain hazardous particles (also, in contrary to PLA). There are a lot of different filaments available, and what smell it generates depends on what you choose.

Do you have any idea of what type of models you will be making? Will it be prototypes, visual tools, functional parts, etc. This heavily influences what material would suit your need best.

Alternatively, if it will be positioned in the same area as you will be working, it is recommended to install some form of ventilation (that will also give you some more freedom in choice of material without being bothered by it). There are complete covers that take care of everything for you.

Looking forward hearing from you!

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