Part Material Safety

Users of the printer should be informed of potential hazards of part material before working with a printer, or performing duties which may result in exposure to uncured part material, such as removal of material waste pan and empty material cartridges.

 

 

WEAR GLOVES: Wear the appropriate gloves when required. For example, when touching surfaces that may contain or have been exposed to materials, wear nitrile gloves. Heat gloves are necessary when touching surfaces that may be hot to ensure burns don’t occur.

Disposal

  • Disposal of fully cured parts produced are not subject to regulations of any known agency worldwide. VisiJet® support material cartridges may be disposed of in ordinary office trash.
  • Uncured part material waste is classified as regulated, and in some areas hazardous; requiring special packaging, transportation, and disposal. The disposal of partially cured or uncured part material must comply with all local, state, and federal environmental safety regulations. Applicable part "waste" includes cartridges (empty or full) and waste pans. Any materials used cleaning up uncured part material should be disposed of as uncured part material.
  • To find out facility disposal requirements, contact a local waste disposal provider. (Local environmental regulatory agency should have a list of qualified providers.) You will need to give disposal service provider a copy of the part material MSDS / SDS, and possibly other forms included in the Appendix of your VisiJet® Material Handling Guide, such as Waste Profile Worksheet and SNUR (Significant New Use Regulation - U.S. only). A report will be provided, indicating disposal requirements, as well as a quotation for regularly scheduled pickups. If assistance is needed locating a waste disposal provider, or completing a waste disposal form, contact your local 3D Systems certified reseller or 3D Systems Technical Support.
  • 3D Systems assumes no liability or responsibility for proper disposal of uncured part material. Proper disposal of uncured part material is the sole responsibility of the user.
  • Uncured VisiJet® part material is a sensitizer. Skin or eye irritation could occur when exposed to the chemical composition of the material.
  • Any chemical may exert harmful affects if contacts or enters the body. VisiJet® part material is a sensitizer and irritant.

Skin Sensitization

  • Uncured VisiJet® part material is a sensitizer. Skin or eye irritation could occur when exposed to the chemical composition of the material.
  • Uncured material is a sensitizer, and can cause allergic reactions if contacts skin without protective gloves. Refer to personal protection equipment for more information. To avoid sensitization, do not allow uncured material to contact skin. Consult the MSDS for specific information about the sensitization potential.

Inhalation

  • Under normal operation, inhalation is not an expected route of entry. 

Ingestion

  • Uncured VisiJet® part material is toxic if ingested.
  • Uncured material is toxic if ingested. Uncured material must not be present where food and drink are stored, prepared, or consumed and not ingested. After handling materials, wash hands with soap and water before consuming or preparing food.

Handling Finished Parts

  • Finished (cured) parts can be handled or disposed of the same as standard household plastic products. VisiJet® parts are not recyclable. VisiJet® materials are not intended for and cannot be used for medical implant, or food or drink handling applications.

Exposure control

  • The printer has a variety of built-in engineering controls which are designed to prevent operator exposure. Do not try to change or disable these controls.

Hygienic Practices

  • Appropriate hygienic practices should be followed, including washing with soap and water before meals, breaks, smoking, applying cosmetics, using toilet facilities, and after work.
  • Employees should be alerted to the need to clean and rinse off any contacted surface promptly to prevent further contamination. Ensure a convenient washroom location is provided with access to soap, water, and disposable paper towels.

 

 

Regulatory Information

  • Support material has no known regulatory requirements.
  • In the U.S., uncured material is subject to special EPA disposal regulations and record-keeping requirements. "Uncured VisiJet® material" includes any part material cartridge (empty or full),and waste pan which is partly uncured part material. For complete disposal regulation details, see Appendix in your Material Handling Guide.
  • In the U.S., you must keep the following disposal records for five years after the date of disposal:
  • The quantity of part material received (new or "virgin").
  • The name and address of the shipping location (the "responsible party" - generally your waste disposal service provider).
  • The quantity of part material shipped (disposed). For further information, see your Material Handling Guide.
  • For assistance, contact 3D Systems Technical Support.

Spilled VisiJet® Material

  • Spills of material are HIGHLY UNLIKELY, and should NOT occur in normal operation of the printer. If a leak occurs, it is an indication of a serious printer malfunction.
  • The first priority is to protect users from inadvertently touching material. Spills of support material can be cleaned without use of protective gear, and disposed of as office trash. Handling uncured part material requires use of gloves and other personnel protective equipment to ensure no direct contact with uncured part material. If you don’t know which material it is, assume it to be uncured part material, and handle accordingly - with the recommended personal protective equipment.
  • Promptly remove spilled material, dispose of waste material, and cleanup materials per local regulatory requirements. Discontinue use of the printer, and contact 3D Systems Technical Support for a service visit to determine and repair the source of leakage.
  • Small spills of uncured liquid part material can be cleaned up using disposable towels, non-reusable rags, or absorbing materials such as sawdust, clay, diatomaceous earth, or activated charcoal. If spilled material is hot (liquid), wait until cools and gels before wiping up. After wiping up the spill, wipe surface with denatured or isopropyl alcohol and clean thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Consider avoiding placement of the printer over carpeting, or consider use of barriers to avoid the possibility of carpet damage if spills were to occur.
  • Advise service provider involved, of the spilled material, and provide MSDS and other material information prior to contact with the material. Advise them of disposal requirements for part material and clean-up products if part material (uncured) is the spilled material. Use of heat above 65°C (149°F) may prove helpful in removing spilled part material from carpet.
  • Tools contaminated with part material should be cleaned prior to reuse. Solvents such as denatured alcohol or Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA), are normally required to clean equipment and tools. Wash with soap and water to remove any traces of excess part material or solvent. Contact solvent suppliers for information on proper handling of solvents if used for clean-up.

Waste Removal

   CAUTION: Uncured part material is a sensitizer. Skin or eye irritation could occur when exposed to the chemical composition of the material.

  • Wear protective gloves before removing any waste product from the printer. Be careful not to spill, drop, or expose others to these materials - particularly part material or waste pan.
  • Dispose of all waste material appropriately per local regulatory requirements.
  • Dispose of waste pan (if it is not reusable) containing both support and uncured part material. Replace the waste pan every time or reuse pan if the pan is reusable.

 

 

HARMFUL IRRITANT WARNING: Indicates that skin or eye irritation could result while exposed to a chemical composition.