Additive manufacturing has matured significantly over the last few years and now is a serious, near-mainstream manufacturing technology. But while it’s become a member of the establishment, it has not lost its disruptive potential. So what do you do if you want to explore using AM in your business? Do you treat it as just another way of making the same things or do you think bigger? We talk to Sven Hermans and Mathieu Cornelis from Materialise Mindware about what makes a great start into AM — and why you don’t have to be ashamed to ask for help.
Lockdowns are beginning to lift in some countries, which means that many are getting back to business and looking at ways of ramping up production. No matter where you are in the process of getting your business on track, there’s a good chance 3D printing could make sense for you.
As patients are facing severe respiratory issues, UZ Leuven has taken a role in leading a clinical trial on a new, easy-to-use solution that bridges the gap between a simple oxygen mask and intubation. After recently treating their first patient, they confirm: the mask is simple and valuable to patients.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major stumbling block for many companies throughout the world. Getting your company back on track doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Rapid Prototyping with 3D printing provides many advantages in this time of protecting employees and cutting costs.
As restrictions related to COVID-19 begin to lift, it’s absolutely critical to have a plan to protect your employees as you return to work. We’re sharing policies and tools that we’ve implemented in order to inspire other companies to take similar actions and keep their people safe.
Materialise’s mission has always been to build a better and healthier world for everyone. We believe that we have a responsibility to care for both our employees and the environment, which is why have integrated both strong environmental principals and human-centered production into everything we do.
As coronavirus infections continue to rapidly spread, hospitals around the word are in dire need of mechanical ventilators, which are currently critically under supplied. We developed a solution to deliver oxygen and create high positive pressure without the use of a ventilator by designing a 3D-printed connector that holds together standard medical equipment. It is called the Materialise Passive NIP, with NIP standing for non-invasive PEEP, and is currently being fast tracked through the regulatory process to make it available as soon as possible during this crisis.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the world has looked to 3D printing to provide fast and reliable solutions. However, 3D printing can support communities with much more than just these quick fixes, it also has the ability to develop solutions that can have a hand in improving healthcare for years to come.