Dec 1, 2015 | By Kira

We’ve heard quite a bit recently about the health, safety and environmental questions surrounding 3D printing, particularly as the desktop 3D printing industry grows, and the technology and materials begin popping up in our work, schools, and even in our homes. In order to ensure that we and our loved ones are not being exposed to harsh, harmful toxins released through 3D printing filaments, there is a growing demand for materials that are safe from carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

To answer that call, South Korean 3D printer manufacturer ROKIT, in partnership with Kolon Plastics Inc., has just developed two new non-toxic 3D printing materials, Skinflex and Kitchen&Deco, that meet the US FDA food contact requirements, making them completely food and skin safe.

Many existing ABS and polycarbonate-based thermoplastic materials, which are extremely common in desktop 3D printing, are considered to be quite toxic. According to the ROKIT, the US Environmental Protection Agency has classified each of the three constituent parts of ABS (Acrylonitrile, Butadiene and Styrene) as a ‘probable human carcinogen, ‘known human carcinogen’, and ‘reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.’ Additionally, some ABS and PC-containing 3D printing materials have been shown to release BPA, a substance well known as an endocrine disruptor. Clearly, safer and non-toxic alternatives are needed.

The first new 3D printing material, Skinflex, was specially developed to be safe for contact with human skin, and optimized for making 3D printed wearables (including clothing, jewelry, and accessories), home interior pieces, and even shoe soles. It is a flexible and elastic 3D printing filament, whose texture and surface tactility can even be adjusted to the user’s preference using ROKIT’s proprietary software, ‘Creator K’.

ROKIT’s second new 3D printing material is Kitchen&Deco filament, developed for use in making kitchenware, home interior pieces, fashion goods, and even baby-bottles. According to the company, neither material emits carcinogens or BPA, and both satisfy the standard regulations of the US FDA.

ROKIT, developers of the 3DISON series of 3D printers, has been steadily rising since 2013, and now holds 50% of the 3D printer market share in South Korea. They also recently received $3M from the South Korean government to develop a 3D bioprinting system. It comes as no surprise then that they are finely attuned to wants and needs of their many desktop 3D printer customers, particularly when it comes to the serious issue of their health and safety.

The new non-toxic 3D printing materials will be released for sale by the end of November. Kitchen&Deco will sell for $45/700g roll, while Skin Flex will cost $52/700g roll.

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