With the goal of ensuring on-site manufacturing of vital equipment, Paris-based University Hospital Trust in Paris invests in a fleet of F123 Series 3D Printers. This is so far, the largest investment made in a manufacturer’s portfolio since the beginning of the sanitary crisis and to combat this pandemic.
Last week, 24 hoursafter their ordering, the 60 3D printers were installed.
Equipment including protective face shields and masks, electrical syringe pumps, intubation equipment and respirator valves will be manufactured as fast as possible with the appropriate manufacturing tools in-situ.
The hospital will be supported by medical 3D printing service provider Bone3D for the appropriate management in the implementation, operation and support of the fleet.
Stratasys EMEA President, Andreas Langfeld, said the pandemic has demonstrated that 3D printing can bring more agility to conventional medical product supply chains. “The sweeping and severe nature of COVID-19 continues to impact the supply chains of some of the world’s most critical medical equipment,” he said. “Leveraging 3D printing technology on this scale gives AP-HP its own rapid-response supply chain in-house, placing production directly where it’s needed and ensuring essential equipment is quickly in the hands of frontline medical staff who are battling every day to save lives.”
In parallel with the implementation of 3D printers, AP-HP has developed a dedicated 3D printing platform at 3dcovid.org to fast-track requests for 3D print projects from hospital workers within Paris and its surrounding areas.
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