BUILD MATERIAL SAFETY
Users of the 3D printer system should be informed of potential hazards of build material prior to working with a 3D printer system, or performing duties which may result in exposure to uncured build material, such as removal and disposal of empty material bottles and waste bag. Please refer to the SDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) found at http://infocenter.3dsystems.com/materials/professional-printer-materials.
- Disposal of fully cured build material produced by the 3D printer system is not subject to regulations of any known agency worldwide.
- Uncured build material waste is classified as regulated, and in some areas hazardous, and may require special packaging, transportation and disposal. Waste bags filled with VisiJet support and build materials and the material bottles may be disposed of according to your local codes. The disposal of partially cured or uncured build material must comply with all local, state, and federal environmental safety regulations. Applicable build material “waste” includes bottles (empty or full) and waste bags. Any cleaning materials used to clean up spilled uncured build material should be disposed of in compliance with local, state, and federal environmental safety regulations.
- Do not contaminate drains, soil or surface waters with this material or its container. Reduce waste by attempting to utilize product completely. Dispose of this container and its contents in accordance with all local, state, and federal regulations. Do not reuse or refill.
- Support Material, cured or uncured, is not hazardous.
NOTE: Support material will become hazardous when it is mixed with uncured build material; such as the waste bag or unprocessed parts.
To find out facility disposal requirements, contact an approved waste disposal provider. Your local environmental regulatory agency should have a list of qualified providers. You will need to give disposal service providers a copy of the build material Global Health and Safety sheets, and possibly other forms included in the Appendix of your VisiJet Post Processing 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 3D SystemsTechnical Support Hot line.
3D Systems assumes no liability or responsibility for proper disposal of uncured build material. Proper disposal of uncured material is the sole responsibility of the user.
CAUTION: Uncured 5600 VisiJet build material is a sensitizer. Skin or eye irritation could occur when exposed to the chemical composition of the material. Any chemical may exert harmful effects if it contacts or enters the body. VisiJet build material is a sensitizer.
Skin Sensitization: Uncured VisiJet build 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 it contacts skin without protective gloves and sleeves. To avoid sensitization, do not allow uncured material to contact skin. Consult the GHS sheets for specific information about the sensitization potential.
- Once sensitized, a severe allergic reaction may occur when subsequently exposed to very low levels.
Ingestion: Uncured VisiJet build 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 must not be ingested. After handling materials, wash hands with soap and cold water before consuming or preparing food.
Inhalation: Under normal operation, inhalation is not an expected route of entry.
Contact With Uncured Material: Employees should be alerted to clean and rinse off any contacted surface promptly in order to prevent further contamination. Ensure a convenient washroom location is provided with access to soap, water, and disposable paper towels.
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 3D printer system has a variety of built-in engineering controls which are designed to prevent operator exposure. Do not try to change or disable these controls.
Appropriate hygienic practices should be followed, including washing with soap and cold water before meals, breaks, smoking, applying cosmetics, using toilet facilities, and after work.
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Packaging Inspection: VisiJet materials are supplied in bottles. These bottles are packaged with cardboard packing material inside the shipping carton. Upon receipt of material shipments, inspect cardboard carton exterior for signs of damage and leakage. If leakage is observed, DO NOT open carton, contact 3D Systems Certified 3D Systems Service Provider. If no leakage is observed, store shipping carton until material is used.
Building: If uncured material is observed on the part or platform after build, this is an abnormal condition, and is an indication the 3D printer system requires servicing by 3D Systems or an authorized servicing reseller. Assume any liquid or paste-like material is build material. Do not directly touch uncured build material without protective gloves and protective sleeves. Discontinue use of the 3D printer system, pending service by a 3D Systems Technical Support Representative or your servicing reseller.
Flammability and Combustibility: Do not expose materials to heat at or above 230°F (110°C), flames, sparks, or any source of ignition. Though the U.S. Department of Transportation does not consider VisiJet materials a “flammability hazard,” they do classify them “combustible” based on flash points. For more information on VisiJet material flash points and combustibility, see the VisiJet Post Processing Guide.
PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
Skin Protection: Performing some procedures in this manual will exposure the user to uncured build material. To prevent contact, wear a chemically resistant apron or lab coat, protective sleeves (Tyvex) and chemically resistant protective gloves. Nitrile gloves are recommended. Do not use Latex gloves. For some procedures, heat resistant gloves are required. Where a “heat resistant glove” is referenced, 3D Systems recommends wearing a thermal liner with a nitrile glove worn over the liner. The thermal liner must be capable of withstanding temperatures up to 90 degrees C.
Eye protection: In the event of a leak or spill of uncured build material, wear safety glasses with side shields to provide eye protection.
Respiratory protection: Because of the 3D printer system’s built in engineering controls, respiratory protection is not necessary during normal operation. A NIOSH-approved (or equivalent) dust mask is recommended when dry sanding cured material parts
FIRST AID MEASURES
General Information: Ensure that eyewash stations and safety showers are close to the workstation location. In case of inhalation: May cause respiratory irritation. Move affected person to fresh air. If respiratory irritation occurs or if breathing becomes difficult, seek medical attention immediately.
In case of skin contact: May cause irritation or sensitization by skin contact , including redness and/or swelling. Immediately flush skin with plenty of cold water. After the area has been thoroughly rinsed, use soap and cold water to cleanse the area. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes. Get medical attention if symptoms occur. Wash clothing before reuse.
In case of eye contact: Irritating to eyes. Causes redness, swelling and pain. Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15
minutes. Remove contact lenses immediately. Get medical attention if symptoms persist.
In case of ingestion: Irritating to mouth, throat and stomach. If ingested, drink plenty of water and seek immediate medical attention. Do not induce vomiting.
Self-protection of the first aider: Put on appropriate protective equipment (see section 7). Move exposed person to fresh air. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes
Ecotoxicity: The aquatic toxicity of the product is unknown; however based on components, it is predicted that uncured build material may be harmful to aquatic organisms or cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment. Prevent contamination of soil, drains and surface waters.
VisiJet 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 build material includes material bottles (empty or full) and waste bag, and about half of the material in a waste bag is uncured build material. For complete disposal regulation details, see the VisiJet Post Processing Guide.
In the U.S., the following disposal records must be kept for five years after the date of disposal:
- The quantity of build 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 build material shipped (disposed). For further information, see the VisiJet Post Processing 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 3D printer system.
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 build material requires use of gloves, protective sleeves and other personal protective equipment to ensure no direct contact with uncured build material. If you don’t know which material it is, assume it to be uncured build material, and handle accordingly with the recommended personal protective equipment.
Promptly clean up spilled material, dispose of clean up materials and waste material per local regulatory requirements. Discontinue use of the 3D printer system, and contact 3D Systems Technical Support for a service visit to determine and repair the source of leakage.
Small spills of uncured liquid build 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.
Advise the service provider involved of the spilled material, and provide other material information prior to contact with the material. Advise them of disposal requirements for build material and clean-up products if build material (uncured) is the spilled material.
Tools contaminated with build 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 build material or solvent. Contact solvent suppliers for information on proper handling of solvents if used for clean-up.
WARNING: UNCURED build MATERIAL IS A SENSITIZER. SKIN OR EYE IRRITATION COULD OCCUR WHEN EXPOSED TO THE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF THE MATERIAL.
Wear protective gloves and protective sleeves before removing any waste product from the 3D printer system. Be careful not to spill, drop, or expose others to these materials - particularly build material bottles or waste bag. Dispose of all waste material appropriately per local regulatory requirements.
- Open waste drawer.
- Remove the waste bag from the waste bag holder by lifting the waste bag straight up and out of the waste drawer.
- Seal bag and dispose according to your local regulatory guidelines.
- Replace new waste bag by reversing the previous process. Close waste drawer after waste bag is installed
NOTE: For optimal results, keep stored cartons closed, and do not open until bottle is ready for use.
Always check bottle’s expiration date before loading. Do not load bottles into 3D printer system if they are about to expire. When 3D printer system detects an expired bottle, it aborts the build and rejects the bottle if the expiration date has expired for support material or more than one year past the expiration date for build material.
NOTE: When storing material bottles that have been used but still contain material, do not place the bottles on their side; stand bottles in the upright position. Also, in the case where bottles containing material are removed from the MDM and are still warm, the bottle must be stored with the cap vented. If the warm bottle is not vented, the wax will contract during cooling and the bottom of the bottle may flatten. This will prevent the bottle from re-engaging in the MDM.
Support material bottles must be loaded in the left side material delivery module. The build material bottles must be loaded in the right material delivery module. Before loading material bottles into the 3D printer system, inspect bottles for signs of damage or leakage. Do not load a damaged or leaking bottle. Dispose of them according to local regulations.