How HP 3D Printers Helps with COVID-19 Shortages

 

Overview

HP is committed to assisting the medical community in the fight against COVID-19. Together with their customers and partners combined, HP and their 3D printing line is helping to produce critical parts using additive manufacturing to aid essential workers on the front lines. Read on about the applications HP supports to meet urgent needs.

 
 

Test Swabs

Test Swab

To address the swab shortage that was limiting COVID-19 testing, HP teamed up with leading researchers at Harvard University and others to help to refine 3D printed nasopharyngeal test swab designs. The Abiogenix spiral swab, 3D printed by FATHOM, using HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology, was one of four swab prototypes—selected after the review of more than 100 designs—that showed excellent concordance with the controls in the IRB-approved clinical trial. The swabs are now readily available to the US medical industry and testing centers. FATHOM is targeting to scale production of testing swabs from 100,000 to millions.

 

Face Shields

HP Multi Jet Fusion technology has helped optimize four different types of face shields in support of COVID-19 containment efforts. Read "HP 3D Printers and Face Masks for Medical Personnel" to learn about the face mask designs HP has assisted with producing.

 

AIDIMME 3D Printable Face Shield

AIDIMME 3D Printable Face Shield

This minimalist face shield design by AIDIMME has a light structure that offers optimal comfortability. Made up of elements that are easy to assemble, the AIDIMME main structure is obtained by additive manufacturing with HP Multi Jet Fusion. Approximately 780 Face Shields supports can be produced in a full build with HP Jet Fusion 5200 and 4200 3D Printing Solutions. This design is EN 166 certified according to COVID-19 regulations with HP 3D High Reusability PA 12.

 

3D Printable Face Shield

3D Printable Face Shield

This face shield prints in a compact geometry for maximum efficiency. Optimized for 3D printing with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, this design is EN 166 certified according to COVID-19 regulations with HP 3D High Reusability PA 12. With the HP Jet Fusion 5200 and HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 3D Printing Solutions, you can produce approximately 78 face shields.

 

Avid 3D Printable Face Shield

Avid 3D Printable Face Shield

Optimized by Avid Product Development for 3D printing with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, the DfAM face shield frame prints in a compact geometry for maximum efficiency. Assembly is made easy - place the face shield on the pins, connecting the headband, and then adjust the rear strap to fit the user’s head. Prints approximately 290 parts in a full MJF 4200/5200 build; 145 parts in a half MJF 4200/5200 build; or 84 parts in a full MJF 580 build.

 

Budmen Face Shield

The Budmen Face Shield, optimized with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, is designed as a quick and low-cost method to 3D print a bracket securing a clear face shield to the wearer via an elastic strap.

 

Accessories

In addition to face coverings, HP Multi Jet Fusion technology has assisted in producing protective accessories for medical staff. These innovative technologies help ensure the safety of medical personnel against COVID-19.

 

Materialise Hands-Free 3D-Printed Door Opener

Hands-Free 3D-Printed Door Opener

The designers at Materialise are using additive manufacturing to quickly create solutions for the unexpected, including a hands-free door opener. Approximately 120 Hands-Free 3D-Printed Door Openers can be produced in a full build with HP Jet Fusion 5200 and 4200 3D Printing Solutions.

 

Personal Door Opener

Personal Door Opener

Door handles are among the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes. This tool allows users to open a variety of doors without touching potentially contaminated door handles. HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer 5200 and 4200 3D Printing Solutions can produce approximately 40 personal door openers.

 

Wrist Cover

Wrist Cover

Some hospital staff are currently needing to use two gloves to fully cover the part of their arms that could get exposed between the end of a lab coat sleeve and the end of a glove. One interior glove to close the end of the sleeve of the lab coat, and then a disposable glove on top of the interior glove. This sterilizable wrist-cover helps connect a lab coat sleeve to the end of the glove, covering any exposed skin.

 

CPAP Components

Cressi® CPAP Mask Connector

Designers have utilized HP Multi Jet Fusion technology to help develop two types of CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) components in the event of a shortage in the supply of officially approved CPAP devices. One being the CPAP Mask Cross-connector, and the other the Cressi® CPAP Mask Connector.