Our Response to COVID-19
One of the main strengths of 3D printing as a manufacturing technology is its speed. This feature is ever more important during the current COVID-19 pandemic in which our healthcare systems and everyday tasks have crossed unprecedented hurdles.
From the very start of the company thirty years ago, Materialise’s focus has been on creating a better and healthier world. We stand behind this mission particularly in moments of crisis, which is why we’ve been working to develop new solutions to help out healthcare systems and individuals to stay safe.
We are working on several fronts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, from developing certified medical devices to help patients, to protective devices for healthcare workers, to making remote working and learning easier.
Certified manufacturing for MedTech
In the response to the COVID-19 crisis, 3D printing has captured imaginations worldwide. There’s no doubt about it: additive manufacturing is a powerful enabler of speedy innovation.
However, as the European Commission has noted in the guidance on March 30, 2020, there is an urgent need to make sure that 3D-printed medical supplies comply with necessary safety standards. Thanks to our decades of experience and certified manufacturing processes, we are one of the few companies that meet all requirements included in the new guidance.
This comes after working with 70% of the top 30 MedTech manufacturers and developing our own devices in-house, building up the know-how to design and manufacture certified medical devices. We have processes in place to meet rigorous certified manufacturing requirements of the MedTech industry, including biocompatibility, traceability, dedicated production lines, clean rooms, and more.
No matter where you are in the process or how much you would like to produce, we’re here for you. And during this time, we are giving priority to and scaling up manufacturing of medical devices to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Easier remote working, and a safer return to offices
As businesses gradually reopen, managers and business owners will need to take steps to safeguard their staff and continue to prevent the spread of infection. In the meantime, we’re also making it easier than ever to digitally connect, work, and learn to follow social distancing practices and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
Extended and flexible software licenses
We are offering temporary home office licenses for all medical software and the unlimited use of Mimics Viewer to enable flexible working circumstances.
Work from Home Hub
We have put together a series made up of educational videos created by our own engineers, inspirational stories, and other digital features to help you advance your knowledge from home.
FOR INDUSTRIAL AM PROFESSIONALS
To help other AM businesses during this time, Materialise is extending free, flexible licenses to customers with maintenance packages so that they can continue their typical workflow.
FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND MANAGERS
Face mask clips
3D-printed clips designed by EDAG allow you and your employees to turn just about any type of fabric into a face mask for non-medical use, to help ease the critical supply difficulties in medical-grade masks for healthcare workers
Assembly instructions can be found here
Hooked badge holders
We designed a housing for office key cards that doubles up as a contact-free way to navigate your work environment, with a hook to help you open closets or operate elevators without physical contact
Hands-free door opener
Our hands-free door opener fits over existing handles and eliminates the need to touch one of the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, and offices
10 Ways We Are Protecting Our Employees during COVID-19
At Materialise, people come first. We would like to share our internal policies during the COVID-19 pandemic to inspire others to think about the daily interactions we have in the workplace and ways to prevent spreading the coronavirus.