MGA, a German network of companies, institutions and research institutes that pushes 3D-printed applications for professional use in several sectors, currently organizes a series of online meetings under the title ‘3D Printing fights Corona’. Friday 27 March Session III is held from 10-11.30 hours. Non-members are welcome to take part.
3D printing, obviously, can be very helpful when quick design solutions are needed. In northern Italy a journalist of a local newspaper noticed turned to a FabLab, after she had noticed that a local hospital was running out of valves for respiratory machines. The company that makes them, couldn’t deliver new ones in time. The call was diverted to engineering company Isinnova, that with the help of designer and 3D print expert Michele Faini. “We were ready to print the valves in a couple of hours, and the day after we had 100 valves printed,” Faini told . Meanwhile, Fracassi had brought a 3D printer to the hospital where the valves can be printed now.
Scuba mask adapted
Hearing this story, a doctor in another hospital, Renato Favero, turned to Isinnova with another question. He suggested to adjust a snorkeling mask already available on the market so that it can be used as an emergency ventilator mask. Decathlon, the producer of the Easybreath snorkeling mask, was immediately willing to cooperate by providing the CAD drawing of the mask, Isinnova describes on its . The product was dismantled, studied, and the changes to be made were evaluated. A new component was then designed to guarantee the connection to the ventilator. This connector was quickly 3D printed.
After successful tests, the mask is now ready for use. Isinnova published all necessary files and instructions on its and quickly filed a patent in order to make sure that the design won’t be hijacked and remains available for free for everyone.
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