The introduction of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, also known as 3D printing, has the potential to transform modern industrial production, but it also brings new considerations for manufacturers and their employees. These considerations include potential safety risks and various hazards associated with the material, equipment and facility where parts are manufactured. Further, AM capabilities can be particularly complex when introduced in existing production facilities with established safety management practices. This interactive, discussion-oriented presentation will provide a baseline introduction of the seven distinct AM technologies and common materials and applications. The presentation will take a deep dive into identification and mitigation of safety risks including those specific to AM materials, equipment and the overall facility operation. Common mistakes in AM facilities, safety best practices and steps to take to set up a safe and compliant AM operation will also be covered. UL is celebrating its 125th year helping to build a better world by advancing innovation safety, sustainability and connected security. UL wants to create an open dialog with users, OEM’s and suppliers about these risks and how to work safely.
- Identify the risks associated with their own AM program and have some ideas on way to mitigate these risks
- Have a more meaningful conversation with their safety teams and their local authorities about these risks and how they are addressing them