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Anybody experiencing weird health side-effects while printing?

by dylan77

A little background...

Got a ROBO 3D around beginning of February. Been printing nearly every day, well over 300 complete prints. I use black PLA almost exclusively. The printer is in my room, right next to my work station. I have no exhaust or air scrubbing system. Often I will design while printing so I'm about 3 feet from the printer when it's running, sometimes for hours. When I first got it I called my girlfriend over to check it out. She was in my room for about 5 min and left feeling congested and with a mildly sore throat...she is very sensitive to stuff like that though. All the while I kept printing, and feeling generally fine (there doesn't seem to be a lot of information on the health effects of PLA other than it's considered non-toxic). Recently however, I got sick in a weird way...I started to retain water and my BP was elevated way beyond normal levels. Went to the doctor and got some blood work done cause I was kinda freaking out. Everything looked okay, nothing really stood out to cause my symptoms. Let the printer rest for about a month and started to get better over that time (and with a BP med and a diuretic). So much better in fact that I started to run the printer again. Soon after I started to see some of the symptoms come back (edema, this was a few days ago, and a sore throat) so I stopped printing again to try to narrow down a cause, or at least rule out (or in) the printing process. I just wanted to put this out there to see if anybody else is experiencing these side effects or other conditions from PLA. I'm trying to figure this out and am looking for answers. If you have had any conditions and what they are or were please share. If I'm alone in this then I'll have to consider ruling the printing process out and look elsewhere for answers. Sorry if this is in the wrong category but I couldn't find a more appropriate one here with the amount of feedback it could generate with persons working with the same process. Thank....Dylan

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Gold pressed latinum

by Phistterbut_Inc

Couldn't the Federation have made gold pressed latinum in the replicators? Seems to me that if they were capable of fabricating food at a molecular level that they could also make gold pressed latinum. I might have missed the plot armor covering that hole so correct me if I'm wrong. Even if they had a soft lock in place, I would assume the Ferengi would attempt to hack the machines or at least to steal a replicator for later reverse engineering. Data could clone himself and the entire fleet could be made up of networked datas flying around to explore or fight off whoever using the power of distributed computation, a super computer of individual Datas. The Borg would be MS98 compared to a fleet of Datas.

On a side note, having all the laser weapons in the universe and a bunch of tech for destruction but not having come up with any decent body armor besides standing behind the nearest red shirt is a big oversight.

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3d printed mold

by ioannou0

well the title says it all ! but i think its very cool since not many people are advertising that method !! i can see some use in it when it comes to tools and many other things !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix8vadPfsi0

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Nano I/O Expansion Sensor Shield Power

by dawg645

Hi,

Could anyone please advise how you can get more current into a Nano I/O Expansion Sensor Shield? My power source is two 3.7V 3000mAh batteries connected to a buck converter outputting 5V DC. I'd like to connect the power source to the shield to get the 5V but to also get higher amps.

This is the shield I am using: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KCVJ6RR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Thank You.

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Matt Flexible Material

by PT-Designs

Hi guys,
I've been looking for a flexible filament in the range of 80-90 Shore A that creates a matt finish but couldn't find anything yet.
Do any of you have tips or experiences with various filaments in this regard?

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