A 3D printing company is giving away for free its design for a device that allows doors to be opened handsfree - here's how it works
- Belgian company Materialise developed a design that can be 3D printed and added to door handles to make them hands-free, and it's giving the design away for free in an effort to fight the spread of coronavirus.
- The coronavirus outbreak that originated in China has killed more than 17,000 people worldwide and infected more than 398,000, according to recent totals.
- The virus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, has spread to 169 countries, and the majority of infections and deaths are now outside of China.
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The worldwide death toll of the coronavirus disease that originated in Wuhan, China, is now more than 17,000, and the virus has infected more than 398,000 people.
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared it a pandemic. The virus has disrupted travel worldwide, leading to flight cancellations, quarantines, and other breakdowns in movement and supply chains.See how the 3D printed design works here.
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The design consists of two detachable pieces.
To make installations easy, the handles don't require drilling holes or changing the actual handle.Advertisement
Instead, the pieces attach over the door handle with four screws.
The shape of the new door handle allows people to open doors with their arms, avoiding directly touching with their hands.Advertisement
Of course, these door handles can also become contaminated, and Materialise still recommends disinfecting them regularly.
The current design works for door handles, but not doorknobs.Advertisement
Materialise is giving the design away for free online, for anyone able to 3D print to use.
It is also encouraging others to modify the design for other types of doors, and distribute those as well.Advertisement
Materialise told Business Insider that its team took just 24 hours to create and test the design.
Assembly instructions show how the pieces come together.Advertisement
The team even came up with a slogan to go with the design: "Do less harm. Use your arm."
See it in action here.Advertisement
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