Coronavirus: BOFA maintains extraction supplies for 3D printing community14 April 2020

As the 3D printing community steps up to support the fight against Covid-19, BOFA International is meeting growing demand from the sector for its fume and dust extraction technology.

The company is continuing to manufacture and distribute extraction equipment, filters and spares to ensure that 3D printers can operate safely when producing healthcare equipment, such as face masks and shields, safety goggles, nasal swabs and ventilator components.

The flexibility of 3D printing is enabling advanced engineering companies and hobbyists alike to repurpose their technology and support the international effort to increase production of crucial healthcare products. However, without appropriate extraction technology, those using 3D printers could be exposed to potentially harmful gases and particles emitted during the process

Tony Lockwood, MD of BOFA, says: “As always, the safety of our people and our customers is our primary concern. So, we have introduced new working practices for our manufacturing teams that go beyond government and WHO advice so we can continue to supply sectors key to tackling coronavirus, including those using 3D printers.”

Extraction systems in BOFA’s 3D PrintPRO range (pictured) are said to capture and filter potentially harmful airborne gases and particulate generated during 3D printing, ensuring emissions do not enter the breathing zones of operatives and those situated nearby.

Lockwood adds: “These are challenging times for everyone, but I’d like to thank my colleagues at BOFA for responding in such a positive way in ensuring that we play our part in keeping essential supplies moving.”

Adam Offord

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