Over the years, 3D printers have gotten safer, but at 3DUPfitters, we think of them as an oven: even though they are perfectly safe, they're still not something you'd want to leave unattended. It's quite rare, but just like an oven, it's still possible one could catch on fire.
This slight possibility of fire is why every single 3D printer manufacturer gives explicit instructions never to leave a 3D printer unattended.
The problem gets even more complicated if you live in an apartment build, condo, or commercial office space. Even if you are there to catch any issues, the smoke could trigger an alarm resulting in a costly visit from the local fire department.
Customers have been asking us for a product that cuts the power to a 3D printer at the first sign of smoke, so we are delighted to carry the SmartMicro™, produced by Pioneering Technology, North America's leader in cooking fire prevention products and technologies.
The concept is simple: at the first sign of smoke, it cuts power to your printer.
Plug your printer into the device and attach the sensor at the top of your enclosure, and you're good to go. Note that this product works best and with the fastest response time inside a small space like one of our enclosures.
Is this 100% guaranteed to stop every fire? Heck no! Devices like this are like insurance, reducing the chances of fire damage but never 100% total protection. This device is only one part of a comprehensive fire mitigation system, including a regular smoke detector, a manual fire extinguisher, and an automated fire extinguisher for your printer, not to mention up-to-code fire prevention measures throughout the result of the building.