3D printing and Covid-19

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Paul Lindström

A lot of companies have stepped up to the challenge to help governments to produce Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) during the Covid-19 pandemic, and amongst those are the HP 3D printing facility in Spain.

The initiative started in late March when the Caen University Hospital contacted the publisher 3Dnatives in Paris and explained that they were out of PPEs for the staff. They asked if 3Dnatives could possibly help. 3Dnatives in turn contacted the Paris-Saclay Hardware Accelerator network, and within 48 hours some prototypes made partially using 3D printers were designed and started to be tested.

Example of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) made by the Visors for Hope organisation, produced and delivered for free to hospitals around the world that has run out of PPEs.

Visors for Hope
Soon after the first prototypes were tested and delivered a group of other companies were contacted and agreed to help ramp up the production capacity. The volunteer organisation was called Visors of Hope (Les Visières de L’Espoir). Among the founding members are 3Dnatives, Decathlon, HP and L’Oréal, but many more have joined after the start.

The PPEs are produced by volunteers and are free of charge (including delivery) for the hospitals that apply to get them. The project has inspired the participating companies to design more types of PPEs to be produced within and outside the network.

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