01 April 2020

HP and partners mobilize 3D printing solutions to battle COVID‐19

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HP and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing 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 1000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals.  HP’s 3D R&D centers 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 finalized 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 synchronized 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. “Our deepest appreciation goes to our employees, partners, customers, and members of our community for their tireless efforts to support the medical professionals making a difference on the front lines.”
 
3D printing parts to help contain COVID-19
 
HP’s global network of manufacturing partners is working to ensure that the 3D printed parts are available in any region around the world. 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. This hands-free door opener has been designed by HP's digital manufacturing network partner, Materialise.
 
Mask adjuster
 
Most hospital staff is required to wear masks for long periods.  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.
 
The company is testing and validating more applications and are expected to begin production soon, including -
 
Field ventilator
 
A field ventilator is the 3D printed parts for a mechanical bag valve mask (BVM) that is designed for use as 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.  The company is validating several hospital-grade face masks and expects them to be available shortly. One example of a face mask that HP is working on has been developed by the Research Institute CIIRC CVUT in the Czech Republic.
 
Making many part designs available
 
HP and its partners will be making the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available here for download. The 3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against COVID-19 can contribute new applications and ideas here.
 
Get parts 3D printed now
 
HP urges those who need support with application development or would like to order parts, they can submit their request here.
 
Main picture: FFP3 face masks

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