It would seem to me that the hazards of ventilating these two laser cutters together should be minimal (though I don't have any data to "prove" this) since as you note the metal fume should be metal oxide fume almost immediately I would think. One suggestion could be to restrict metal cutting to only be done on the laser cutter furthest downstream aka closest to the exhaust? Though wood particulate from the other LC could still intermingle so maybe this would make no difference. And any "restriction" like that would likely only work in a staffed space...much more difficult in a student-run environment (though possible with diligent enough students).
I'm just glad to hear they (whoever They are) are going to ventilate their laser cutters properly with ducted exhaust!
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On Aug 21, 2018, at 7:56 AM, DCHAS Membership Chair <membership**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG> wrote:
From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**cs.com>
Re: Need help on a ventilation problem
I've been asked if two large laser cutters can be branch-ducted together. The problem is they will be used to cut wood, plastic, leather, and metal at various times. This means metal fumes can be in the ducts at the same time as smoke from potentially combustible materials. Since the metal will be in a fume, that is, a metal oxide form, it isn't clear that the combination would be hazardous.
Any and all opinions on the potential hazards or lack thereof are eagerly awaited.
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