Feb 5, 2018 | By Benedict

A Kickstarter has been launched for box3d, a 3D printer enclosure kit that controls 3D printing climate, extracts fumes, and reduces noises. The kit is being marketed at both personal and professional 3D printer users.

Three things nobody wants from their 3D printer: toxic fumes, upsettingly loud noises, and wonky 3D prints. And that’s probably why it has taken box3d, an engineering company based in Delft, the Netherlands, just two days to more than double its Kickstarter target for its 3D printer fumes eliminator.

The new box3d enclosure kit promises to tackle that tricky trio of additive manufacturing problems, by simultaneously controlling the 3D printer climate, extracting fumes, and reducing noise.

But are 3D printers dangerous, you ask? Well, no, not really, but all FDM/FFF 3D printers emit some amount of ultrafine particles with a diameter less than 0.1 µm, which can get into our lungs and bloodstream.

That’s not a huge problem for general use, but with synthetic materials like ABS, it’s not exactly ideal either, so box3d uses a fan that generates pressure to create airflow through a HEPA filter. An air hose can be used to carry these fumes and particles safely away from human mouths and noses and out of a window.

For the other two problems, noise and warping, a thick layer of insulation foam is used for 3D printer sound reduction, while box3d says the removal of fumes actually contributes to less warping and cracking of 3D prints.

The Kickstarter for box3d still has several weeks left to run, with the cheapest kit option coming at €199 (just under $250). The Dutch 3D printing company is confident it can get these kits shipped as quickly as March of this year.

The accessory is also available in two sizes: a smaller one for the Ultimaker 2, Ultimaker 2+, and Ultimaker 3 3D printers, and a larger one for Anet, Flashforge, Lulzbot, MakerBot, Original Prusa, Tevo, XYZPrinting, and Zortrax 3D printers.

It’s not the first time an additive manufacturing company has attempted to market a 3D printer fume reducer to the 3D printing industry. About three years ago, the FDM 3D printer KappaKit made similar promises with its exhaust fan and carbon filter, though its Indiegogo campaign fell slightly short of its flexible goal.

Will the box3d 3D printer accessory fare better? Check out the campaign here.



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