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17 April 2020

BOFA Maintains Extraction Supplies for 3D Printing Community

BOFA Maintains Extraction Supplies for 3D Printing Community

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 specialist 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 vital healthcare equipment such as face masks and shields, safety goggles, nasal swabs and ventilator components.

BOFA International launched in 1987 as a small family business and has developed into a multi-award-winning global leader in fume extraction and filtration, acknowledged as number one in the industry. It now employs over 260 people at its headquarters in Poole, Dorset, and in offices in Germany and the USA. BOFA International exports to 120 countries around the world, providing fume extraction solutions to a wide cross section of industries including laser, electronics, mechanical engineering, printing, 3D printing, dental, medical, pharmaceutical and beauty.

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 needed by hospital staff, GPs, pharmacists, paramedics, social care and other healthcare workers. Without appropriate extraction technology in place, those using 3D printers could be exposed to potentially harmful gases and particles emitted during the process.  

“As always, the safety of our people and our customers is our primary concern,” said Tony Lockwood, Managing Director of BOFA. “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 effectively capture and filter potentially harmful airborne gases and particulate generated during 3D printing. This ensures emissions do not enter the breathing zones of operatives and those situated nearby, without affecting the printing process.

BOFA’s portable technology is also helping to keep production lines running in other critical industries, such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, safety equipment and personal care items.

Tony Lockwood added: “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.”


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