How people are using 3D printing to fight equipment shortages, from tech companies to a high school robotics team making 400 face masks a day
- 3D-printing technology offers novel ways for organizations outside of medicine to help fight the
- One high school
roboticsteam in Michigan is 3D-printing 400 face shields a day.
- A UK company that normally prints architectural models is now producing ventilator masks and valves
- A Belgian 3D-printing company designed a hands-free door opener and an oxygen-mask connector meant to help keep COVID-19 patients off ventilators.
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To alleviate the shortages, big companies, universities, and even hobbyists are stepping in.A competitive robotics program called FIRST is working with a team of students from Romeo High School in Michigan to 3D-print face shields for local firefighters. Advertisement
As word spread, the team increased production and partnered with other schools across the country. To date, the team can print up to 400 face shields per day.
"It's pretty cool because you take about a day, you come up with this model, and you're able to in, you know, two hours or something, have the physical model in your hand," Cameron Coesens, a member of the high school's robotics team, told
"It's been really, really neat, really inspirational to see how the kids have stepped up."But face shields are from the only high-demand product being produced. Hobs 3D, a UK company that normally prints architectural models, is now producing ventilator masks and valves. And Materialise, one of the world's largest 3D-printing companies headquartered in Belgium, recently designed this hands-free door opener to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It gave the design away for free online and encouraged anyone with 3D printers to make more. Advertisement
The design has been downloaded over 60,000 times.Business Insider