Once your opener is in place, open and close doors by simply sliding your forearm into the space between the opener and the door, press down to unlatch, and pull inwards or push outwards to get moving. We recommend using the device with covered forearms to prevent contact between the device which may harbor germs and your skin. This door opener can get contaminated, just like the door handle it sits on, so make sure to disinfect it regularly.
Conception to final part in 24 hours
An advantage of 3D printing is the speed with which our Design and Engineering team can bring ideas to life with the assistance of powerful additive manufacturing software, such as 3-matic and Magics.
“The power of 3D printing in combination with Materialise’s three decades of 3D printing expertise made it possible to turn an idea into an innovative product in less than 24 hours,” says Fried. “By making the design available digitally, it can be produced on 3D printers everywhere and become available around the world in a matter of hours.”
Furthermore, the ability to share a digital design file means that this part can be printed globally by simply clicking download and sharing the file with a printer. People don’t have to wait days for a part that is shipped halfway across the world. They can instead print it themselves or share the designs with their local 3D printing factory to be shipped out within hours. By downloading, you are free to share and adapt the design as you would like. We would simply ask that you attribute Materialise if possible.
“We call upon everyone who has access to a 3D printer to 3D print this part and to make this part available to their local community in order to make door handles safer,” says Fried.
Get yours and stop spreading germs
So, how can you get hands-free door openers to minimize risky contact? The design files are free for anyone and everyone to download on the Materialise website and are available in STEP, STL, and X_T formats. From there, you can print it yourself using Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), Laser Sintering (SLS), or Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technologies, or order through your local 3D printing factory.
We want to make sure the part is available to all, so if you don’t have the capabilities or options available to 3D print using our design file, you can visit our i.materialise shop to order an opener directly in MJF or SLS.