Additive Manufacturing without Additive Hazard: Properly Protecting 3D Printers and Makerspaces

August 16, 2018
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


As additive manufacturing (AM) becomes more cost-effective and widespread, large scale makerspaces and associated equipment are finding their way onto college campuses and other facilities. Bringing together an ignition source with combustible dusts generally sounds like a recipe for disaster. In this presentation, Jensen Hughes will review the fundamentals of AM, combustible dust hazards, and protection methods for 3D printers so that your facility can determine the most effective way to protect users from the hazards inherent in this novel equipment. The presentation will address:

  •  An overview of additive manufacturing fundamentals
  • Combustible dust hazard overview
  • Protection methods for 3D printers and other sources of combustible dust in makerspaces.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Identify the five components of a combustible dust explosion.
  • Understand unique fire and explosion hazards associated with AM.
  • Describe operation-based protection methods for AM.
  • Apply design-based protection methods for AM.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Scott R. Rockwell Ph.D., is a senior consultant with Jensen Hughes who provides direct engineering consulting services pertaining to combustible dust hazards including: performing Dust Hazard Analyses (DHA), development of testing recommendations and analysis of test results. He conducts site inspections to evaluate compliance with industry standards, conducts third party review and acceptance testing of explosion protection systems, prepares performance-based designs for combustible dust-handling facilities, and can investigate combustible dust fires and explosions.


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