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The Nanotechnology Research Center (NTRC) leads the federal government nanotechnology initiative to conduct research and provide guidance on the occupational safety and health implications and applications of nanotechnology.

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NTRC Field team research efforts

NIOSH has also created a field studies team to assess workplace processes, materials, and control technologies associated with nanotechnology and additive manufacturing processes including 3D printing. Research laboratories, producers and manufacturers working with engineered nanomaterials have the opportunity to participate in a cost-free, on-site assessment.

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printers)

Working with university partners, NIOSH investigators have measured emissions from desktop 3D printers in a specifically designed test chamber that simulates real-world conditions.  The first publication is about emission of particulate matter and the second characterizes chemical contaminates generated.

Page last reviewed: March 28, 2018