Update on March 30th
Last week, in an effort to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, Stratasys set an initial goal to produce 5,000 face shields at no cost to recipients through its own and partner resources. This support includes both a 3D-printed visor and a clear plastic shield that covers the entire face.
A first hospital received its equipment on March 25th. The manufacturer gathered a coalition of companies and universities to respond to the current needs of the healthcare industry. The manufacturer currently has received a demand of over 350,000 shields from hospitals and organizations.
The coalition should be able to produce more than 11,000 face shields this week, and 16,000 or more during next week.
Any 3D printing shop that wishes to help print at least 100 visors can fill out an online form to be invited to join the effort. For the U.S., Stratasys is using its GrabCAD Shop work order management software to assign orders from healthcare systems to each coalition member. In Europe, the company is serving as a hub to connect service bureaus with those requesting help, and has fielded offers and requests in most of the larger countries. The company also has posted the full face shield printing and assembly instructions for anyone to produce face shields on their own.
Published on March 23rd
COVID-19: Stratasys’ initial goal is to produce for free of charge 5,000 3D printed face shields by Friday, March 27.
A US-based hospital 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, with the pandemic still building momentum.
Spanning its GrabCAD software, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and partner network with donated printing capacity across all regions, the FDM & Polyjet technologies specialist will produce 5000 face shields for that hospital by Friday, March 27th.
However, for now, the company’s operations with regards to this crisis are dedicated to the American region.
“We are humbled by the opportunity to help. We see additive manufacturing as an essential part of the response to the COVID-19 global epidemic,” said Stratasys CEO Yoav Zeif. “The strengths of 3D printing – be anywhere, print virtually anything, adapt on the fly – make it a capability for helping address shortages of parts related to shields, masks, and ventilators, among other things. Our workforce and partners are prepared to work around the clock to meet the need for 3D printers, materials, including biocompatible materials, and 3D-printed parts.”
To process requests from hospitals or organizations easily, the manufacturer has created a web page where hospitals can request 3D printed products to help with the crisis, organizations offer 3D printing capacity, or request 3D printers or material for medical- or safety-related purposes. In this regard, further instructions regarding the assembly of this mask will be posted on that webpage today.
Last but not least, 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.
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