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Let Zimpure aspirate these toxic fumes!

Have you noticed this strange and irritating smell when you’re near your 3D printer? It is actually a mix of harmful gases and nanoparticles. This is due to thermoplastic fusion. Professionnals in the thermoplastic industry or folks with an average sense of smell alike, you have already smelled this melted plastic and you know it can’t be good for your health.

Toxic fumes issued by 3D printers

Detrimental health effects

Nanoparticles or ultrafine particles (UFPs) can be dangerous because of their chemical composition but especially because of their size (less than 100 nanometers). When inhaled, UFPs can be trapped in the smallest areas of the lung’s alveoli, which are tiny sacs covered with blood capillaries where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged between the bloodstream and the lungs. UFPs are small enough to pass directly from the lungs and into the bloodstream. This way they accumulate in other organs of the body such as the brain, the liver, or the spleen.

And the particles need not be toxic in and of themselves in order to cause problems or poisoning : even PLA particles (which are currently widely believed to be non-toxic) can build up in the lungs and cause serious harm.
As for for VOCs, they can include any number of different chemicals and in varying amounts. For example, the VOCs released when an ABS filament is melted can contain 10 to 20 different chemicals, most notably Styrene, a chemical classified as being toxic, and possibly a carcinogen.

Ultrafine particles destructive health effects

What really happens in your room

With one 3D printer operating continuously in a 45 m3 (1600 ft3) furnished and conditioned office space (complete air renewal rate of once every hour), we observe an ultrafine particles concentration of 58 000 particles/cm3. This is more than 11 times what we observe in a typical home, office or school ambient air.

Regarding the gases : In this configuration, the predicted styrene concentration is about 150g/m3, which is 20 times more than the highest styrene concentrations measured in commercial buildings in the U.S. In France, particle pollution is the 3rd cause of death : more than 48 000 people die every year as a result of particle pollution. We do not accept even more pollution in our homes! Source

Zimpure plug and play filtering system for 3D Printers

An effective system

It was important for us to test and evaluate our new and innovative way to filter nanoparticles and gases issued by 3D Printers.

That’s why we worked with a specialised laboratory (LSCE, CEA) to evaluate and improve our product.

We are now proud to provide an efficient, reliable, compact and affordable filtering solution for all 3D printer users!

Efficient and certified ultrafine particles filtering system


To use Zimpure on your machine, you need to download and print the suction head specifically designed for your printer. To access this suction head, please select your printer from the list below. Your printer is not in the list? Help us make Zimpure compatible !

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Nicolas Roux

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