As we are all now affected by the pandemic of the novel coronavirus 2019 and its ensuing disease COVID-19, our hearts go out to those who have faced health and economic hardships, and we want to do our best to support those fighting on the frontlines of the battle against the virus. Plastics are playing an integral role in this, and specifically the agility of additive manufacturing (AM)/3D printing technologies is helping alleviate some of the supply chain challenges with medical personal protective equipment (PPE) and devices.
We are proud of the AM community, including individuals and organizations, for arising to help in ways that it can. News articles and social media have been reporting about many efforts to 3D print face shields, alternative designs of protective masks, nasal test swabs, ventilator parts, and even alternative ventilator designs. Several of them are reported in the following for further reading (not an exhaustive list):
One of the challenges will be matching the places with the most need to the alternative supply options with capacity. We encourage readers with known needs, known extra supplies or capabilities, or other information or interest to speak up on SPE’s online forum called The Chain. A specific community was established called “SPE in Action – The Battle against COVID-19”.
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