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3D Printing to the Rescue #5383476 03/23/20 08:18 AM
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...Stratasys Ltd. announced a global mobilization of the company’s 3D printing resources and expertise to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, spanning its Stratasys, GrabCAD, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and partner network with donated printing capacity across all regions. The initial focus is on providing thousands of disposable face shields for use by medical personnel....

...In the United States, Stratasys has set an initial goal of producing 5,000 face shields by Friday, 27 March, at no cost to the recipients. This includes both a 3D-printed frame and a clear plastic shield that covers the entire face. The company will have the ability to scale to an even faster rate of production...

...One of the world’s top hospitals has told Stratasys they use 1,530 disposable face shields every week even without the surge created by COVID-19 and is down to six days’ inventory on hand...

...Stratasys has scores of professional 3D printers available to apply to the challenge of producing shields at scale, particularly across its Stratasys Direct Manufacturing facilities, which are based in Eden Prairie, Minn., in and around Austin, Texas, and Valencia, Calif. A number of other large manufacturers and educational institutions with production grade 3D printers have donated their capacity to help...

...An initiative led by anesthesiology residents of Massachusetts General Hospital called the CoVent-19 Challenge is planning to ask engineers and designers to help develop a new rapidly deployable ventilator and other innovative solutions to the ventilator shortage, and Stratasys plans to support the challenge and promote it via its GrabCAD community of more than 7 million professional designers, engineers, manufacturers and students...

Re: 3D Printing to the Rescue [Re: SubLGT] #5383499 03/23/20 08:39 AM
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Re: 3D Printing to the Rescue [Re: SubLGT] #5383511 03/23/20 08:49 AM
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Wash/sanitize the shields. Why are they throwing the things out?

No wonder what a lady up here got charged 35K for a CV16 test.

Set up a sanitisation area.

Plus bad H1N1 or H3N2 flu seanson results in 1/4 - 1.2 million hospitalised
and ~150,000 deaths annualy in the U.S.

They should already have a surge demand. And plaanty of Ventilators.

Given the case # there shouldnt be a capacity issue except in certain hot zones.
% Hospitalized should be low.

I am not seeing numbers reported that agency would use to manage capacity and Material.

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Re: 3D Printing to the Rescue [Re: ARCOgraphite] #5383515 03/23/20 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by ARCOgraphite
Wash/sanitize the shields. Why are they throwing the things out?

Wild guess says that sanitation is hard on equipment. Maybe not for that-which-must-not-be-named but think of all the other bugs out there.

One of my coworkers pointed this out:
Might be a good use for some of the sidelined FIRST robotics teams.

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Re: 3D Printing to the Rescue [Re: SubLGT] #5383560 03/23/20 09:47 AM
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Just got off a Teleconference and now some hospitals are instructing staff not to throw away N95 masks and face shields but to put them in a recycle bin.

They are running out and now want to recycle the N95 and shields. This is not a joke !!!!

Face shields will be wiped down with bleach wipes. Masks will be put in a Sterrad (peroxide) sterilizer.

Re: 3D Printing to the Rescue [Re: SubLGT] #5383591 03/23/20 10:13 AM
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