The quick response to the global pandemic is helping meet the urgent needs of medical personnel around the globe.
By Jennifer Ceaser
As the COVID-19 virus spread around the globe and severely impacted the global-supply chain of vital medical equipment for healthcare professionals, HP’s 3D manufacturing lab in Barcelona, Spain started getting urgent requests from the medical community.
A doctor and an HP employee teamed up from afar to design 3D-printed face shields for hospitals in short supply.
When Clara Remacha Corbalán and Abdel Hakim Moustafa met for coffee in early March, it felt like the final moment of calm before a storm. The next day, Spain declared a state of emergency as the COVID-19 pandemic spread through the country, and within a few days, the Barcelona hospital where Moustafa worked as a cardiologist was inundated with COVID-19 patients.
From head to toe, custom foot and mouth gear makers, sidelined by Covid-19, ramp up 3D printers to protect health care workers
The coronavirus hit Seattle hard and early, and by mid-March it was clear that hospitals were dangerously low on protective gear. One looming crisis was the disposable paper hoods used as part of a positive air pressure respiration (PAPR) system. The hoods receive filtered and pressured air through a hose, so doctors and nurses can breathe freely without inhaling germs from the outside. But hospitals were running low on stock.
HP and Nanyang Technological University are upskilling students and workers, and helping build the future of digital manufacturing.
In the western part of Singapore, near army training camps and dense jungle, sits Nanyang Technological University. One of the top colleges in the world, the 500-acre campus is populated with pastel-colored residence halls, glass-walled classrooms, a Chinese garden, and an ornate entry gate.
How often do you think about opening a door? It is such a natural action, that the thought has probably hardly ever crossed your mind. But in today’s world, one characterized by social distancing and the need to keep every surface clean, door handles are looming front and center – after all – they are points in the home, in our places of work and in our communities that are used by a wide number of people every day.
April 13, 2020 /3BL Media/ - A Luxembourg initiative was created to seek manufacturing companies and private persons that could contribute to the production of components used in face shields for medical personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was reported that the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg alone needed 500 masks to distribute among staff.
IVECO, the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial N.V., factories in Madrid and Valladolid in Spain will manufacture protective face screens that will be donated to the health system in the cities of Madrid and Valladolid.
Defining the 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Agenda in 2020
PALO ALTO, Calif. /3BL Media/— HP released its list of predictions for 3D printing and digital manufacturing in 2020. Informed by extensive interviews with a team of experts, this year’s research identifies top trends that will have a major impact on advancing Industry 4.0 such as the need for more sustainable production, how automation will transform the factory floor, and the rise of data and software as the backbone of digital manufacturing.
Christopher enters a shady patio outside the doctor’s office. The 8-year-old is sporting his school uniform – red top, blue shorts – and a face full of focus. Time for a test walk.
Nearby, his mom and a doctor watch him slowly move forward. They like what they see. His right foot and ankle are wrapped in a new, lightweight brace made just for him four days earlier on an HP 3D printer. They peer particularly hard at Christopher’s right side – weakened by a stroke months before his birth.
His steps turn into a confident stroll. “That’s good!” his mom says.