3D Printing

SoMakeIt has lots of 3D printers which are available for use by members. There is no formal induction for 3D printers and general information can be found on the Wiki. Note that we hold a large stock of suitable 3D printer filament and we charge £0.04 per gram for printing.

Please read the 3D printing risk assessment below.

Date of Assessment01/10/2021Version1.0
Activity3D Printing
EquipmentTaz mini’s and Taz 6
Details of activity3D Printing
Induction / Role RequiredNone
Form completed byChris Nash 
  • This risk assessment is intended to provide guidance on the risk associated with the above equipment and activities in normal use.
  • Please also check general risk assessments for the area within which this equipment or activity is based.
  • Any discrepancies, errors or concerns should be raised with the document authors, area specialists (e.g. admins, superusers) or trustees.

Understanding Risk Rating:

Risk RatingAction
LOWEnsure current control measures are in place and continue with activity
MEDControl measures may be adequate, co-supervision is recommended
HIGHDo not undertake activity without further consultation with area specialists

Risk Assessment

Identify HazardsWho may be harmed and howSeverityControl MeasuresLikelihoodRisk Rating
Something with the potential to cause harmUsers, bystanders or particular at risk groupsLow / Medium / HighWhat is in place to reduce the harm or likelihood.Low / Medium / High
Hot end and bed of 3D PrinterUser – Minor BurnsLOWDo not touch the printer components once printing has begun.  First aid kit provided by front door.LOW        LOW
Portable ApplianceUser – Electrical shockHIGH    Yearly PAT Testing.  Regular visual inspection schedule.  Regular Maintenance schedule. All printers remain permanently plugged into designated outlets.LOW        MED      
Portable AppliancePremises – Fire RiskHIGH            Yearly PAT Testing.  Regular visual inspection schedule.   Regular Maintenance schedule.    LOW      MED            
FumesUser – Respiratory difficultiesMED      When using Acetone, IPA or other adhesion or welding chemicals, wear appropriate PPE.  Keep area around printer clear when printing ABS.  Keep area well ventilated when printing ABS    LOWLOW