Plenty of companies have stopped production. This is especially true for activities where distance between people cannot be guaranteed. Additive manufacturing however is a digital business until you go printing. And even then, a single operator can look after a number of machines in an area that is well under control.
This technology is ideal to help society now, with individual products on demand. See the additive manufacturing community actively helps against pandemic effects with solutions for medical sectors and for SME businesses.
In the United States, a 3d printed mask has been FDA approved. Its contstruction is available under CC license terms and can be downloaded for reproduction!
That is how open source and open innovation can support society. The way, AMable goes with its own initiative.
The UK governement has ordered 10.000 breathing aids. These devices have been conceptionalised and produced by a team from university staff and a racing team.
University: UCLH, Racing team: Mercedes AMG HPP
The European Commission, in close collaboration with EU member states, will host a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to overcome coronavirus-related challenges.
When? 24, 25 and 26 April
On the Isinnova web presence from Italy, you find a proposal on how to adapt a full size snorkeling mask to provide a respiratory support device.
Bradon Bourn presents his way to modify a snorkeling mask towards a respiratory support device. (Post on DEVPOST platform)
An idea from Azut Zuta on Facebook shows how a mask from the sports company Decathlon could be adapted to support respiration.
The printer company Stratasys started printing of protective shields for personnel. Their aim is to deliver 5.000 shields within a week.
Medscan3D from Ireland has a number of printers that can be used for printing medical products. The company is capable of rinning ISO10993 Class VI material, biocompatible and suitable for the autoclave. They already jumped in on printing parts with high demands.
The University of Marburg demonstrates in "The Breathing Project" the possibility to use CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) devices as respiratory support devices. Some parts are being 3D printed, some come right from the DYI shop.
FAN 3D - a young company from Oeiras (PT) - has developed a face shield that can be printed with a 3D plastics extruder. Hospitals in the area of Lisbon are already supported by the first units.
3D Printing Industry Online Magazine has a special page for activities that support the COVID-19 crisis. It shall be updated daily.
TCT - one of the largest exhibition organisers - has created a special page for support activities against the COVID-19 challenges.