HP, partners mobilise 3D printing solutions to battle Covid-19

By 27 Mar 2020

HP and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilising their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 1,000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals. HP’s 3D R&D centres in Barcelona, Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington are collaborating with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production to meet the most urgent needs.

Initial applications being validated and finalised for industrial production, include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts.

HP is also coordinating with government, health, and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronised and effective approach.

“HP and our digital manufacturing partners are working non-stop in the battle against this unprecedented virus. We are collaborating across borders and industries to identify the parts most in need, validate the designs, and begin 3D printing them,” said Enrique Lores, president and CEO, HP.

Some of the first applications being validated and produced include:

Hands-free door opener: Door handles are among the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes. This adapter allows for easy and more sanitary opening with an elbow.

Mask adjuster: Many hospital staff are required to wear masks for long periods of time. This clasp is designed to improve comfort and alleviate associated ear pain.

Face shields: Face shields are one of the highest-need personal protection items. Brackets to hold the shield and comfortably fit the wearer are a critical component.

More applications are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to begin production soon, including:

Field ventilator: 3D-printed parts for a mechanical bag valve mask (BVM) that is designed for use as a short-term emergency ventilation of COVID-19 patients. This simplified design enables a robust and less-complex device, facilitating its rapid production and assembly.

FFP3 face masks: Effective protective gear is needed for medical providers to treat the volume of expected COVID-19 patients. HP is validating several hospital-grade face masks and expects them to be available shortly.

HP and its partners will be making the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available at this website for download. 3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against COVID-19 can contribute new applications and ideas at this website.

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