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.
The adoption of 3D printing by hospitals and clinics continues to grow at a rapid pace with 2019 being no exception. As the technology becomes more accessible and the benefits to physicians and patients is further appreciated, more hospitals are choosing to invest resources in 3D printing infrastructure as an enabler of personalized healthcare.
COVID-19 has placed a significant burden on healthcare systems around the globe that are straining to handle the volumes of ill patients requiring life-saving treatment. The shift in clinical priorities in response to the pandemic provides the opportunity for 3D-printing resources at the Point-of-Care, including software, equipment, and skilled personnel, to be used in other ways.