Can 3D printers help to solve Coronavirus? - Automation

Can 3D printers help to solve Coronavirus?

Mar 30, 2020 | Medical Equipment, News

Business owners with additive manufacturer and 3D printer capability are calling on the UK Government to tell them how they can best help the effort to build more ventilators for the NHS. 

Richard Dinan, CEO of Buckinghamshire based Pulsar Fusion, has already started using his company’s 3D manufacturing capabilities to create ventilator parts and protective face shields. He says with the help of his network, he could quite easily produce 50 a day, possibly many more as similar companies join up with him. 

He has been contacted by scores of other business owners anxious to help create simple ventilators and safely equipment using 3D printers. 

Mr Dinan believes 3D printing could provide a short term solution to the NHS equipment and ventilator part shortage. But he says firms need Government guidance on which parts they should prioritise and where they are most needed.

He has already started producing ‘Charlotte Valves’ which connect a ventilator to a breathing mask currently being used in Italy and says he can also produce face shields and possibly even simple ventilators but would welcome more Government guidance on what is needed. 

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