3D Printing News Briefs: April 4, 2020

It’s the first 3D Printing News Briefs of the month! To start with, SelfCAD released a new update, and ACEO is hosting a webinar series about 3D printing with silicones, while Objectify Technologies and TAGMA India are hosting a webinar series about AM adoption. Finally, SHINING 3D and Scan the World are using 3D scanners to bring art and culture to people during a time when most can’t leave their homes.

SelfCAD 2.9.2 Release

SelfCAD has released its latest software update, SelfCAD 2.9.2, which improves upon existing features and adds new ones to make 3D modeling and printing more efficient. First, there’s a new Environment Map feature in the Settings dropdown menu that lets you add lighting and scenery to your model, and even an environment map. In advanced settings, the new Macro Preview feature lets you see the results of the macros you’ve added without having to finalize your choices.

You can set a Minimum Step Size for Drawing, Transformation, and Deformation tools, and apply several operations, such as Chamfer, Fillet, Round Object, and Simplify, to Profiles. In addition, SelfCAD has fixed some bugs, and added more settings and options to the Round Object tool. If you have any questions or bugs to report, you can join the SelfCAD Facebook group or email support@selfcad.com.

ACEO Presenting 3D Silicone Printing Webinar Series

Due to newly implemented health and safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, ACEO continues to be operational, but is unable to receive customers right now. So, in an effort to stay connected during these strange times, the company’s team of application specialists, design engineers, and material experts are presenting a series of webinars – in English – all about silicone 3D printing.

The first one, “ACEO Basics,” will be held Tuesday, April 7, from 9-9:30 CET, and Wednesday, April 8, from 4-4:30 CET. You can sign up for the webinars here; the event password is jVMGwgX$242. Future topics for the series, with dates not yet announced, are “Real Silicones,” “Design Freedom,” and “ACEO Use Cases.” Please email service@aceo3d.com with your name, company/organization, and country if you’d like to sign up. A modern browser (i.e. not Internet Explorer) is recommended to watch the webinars.

Objectify Technologies and TAGMA India Holding Webinars

As many people around the world are staying indoors and away from other people during the pandemic, it’s easy to get bored. But, you can spend your time in a productive way, which is why Objectify Technologies and TAGMA India are holding their own 3D printing webinar series together. The series, themed “3D Printing: Prototype to Production,” was created to promote adoption of and spread awareness about additive manufacturing. Webinars will begin on April 6th and go through April 14th, with topics such as Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing 101, Learnings and Misconceptions, and Current Challenges and Demand of the Industry.

“To help engineers around the world learn something new in this lockdown time, we have come up with a series of webinars on Additive Manufacturing (AM). The idea behind this webinar is to spread awareness regarding the AM technology and help companies in their journey towards industry 4.0,” said Ankit Sahu, Founder & Director, Objectify Technologies Pvt Ltd. “The objective is to encourage individuals ranging from students, researchers, and industrialist, on 3D Printing and the value it possesses for Industry 4.0.

“I thank Mr. DK Sharma, President TAGMA India and the entire team of TAGMA for their support. During this challenging time, it’s the collective effort that will help us all grow. Let us all do our bit to help the industry in skill development.”

3D Scanning to Build a Museum Without Walls

Continuing on in our list of things to do while stuck inside during the coronavirus crisis, SHINING 3D has been working with MyMiniFactoryto to digitize important artifacts for its Scan the World community-built initiative, which archives 3D printable sculptures and other culturally significant objects. Together, they are basically building a 3D museum without walls that anyone can access at any time and from anywhere. Many museums open their data with an open license  in 2D, but don’t have the necessary resources to do so in 3D. Scan the World founder and manager Jon Beck is offering museums a free end-to-end service of scanning the sculptures, with the EinScan Pro 2X Plus, before processing the data into 3D models and uploading them to the museum’s Scan the World profile.

“The quality is very nice for the price that you pay. Scanning is still quite a high-level-entry technology, but what SHINING 3D has been able to do is to create an accessible affordable product, which still produces very good results for a wide range of industries, for me working with sculptures I haven’t found any issues so far working with marble and plaster sculptures and even bronze sculptures. EinScan has been able to solve all of these problems for me,” Beck said.

“There is so much story behind every single artwork whether it’s an original or it’s a copy which is quite beautiful and so, working with each member of staff in the museum who want to tell a different story about their collection is great.”

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3D Printing and COVID-19, April 4, 2020 Update

Companies, organizations and individuals continue to attempt to lend support to the COVID-19 pandemic supply effort. We will be providing regular updates about these initiatives where necessary in an attempt to ensure that the 3D printing community is aware of what is being done, what can be done and what shouldn’t be done to provide coronavirus aid.

Essentium, Inc. is now using its technology to 3D print reusable protective face masks to fulfill supply needs in its hometown of Pflugerville, Texas. The mask frame is made from thermoplastic urethane branded as Essentium TPU74D and is meant to be easy to clean and used in conjunction with single-use filtration media. It is meant for general, non-medical use during the COVID-19 outbreak based on FDA Emergency Use Authorization and is hosted on the National Institute of Health repository. 

Essentium’s 3D-printed face mask for police and fire department staff. Image courtesy of Essenitum.

In response to an order from the city’s Pflugerville Community Development Corp, the company has so far delivered 30 units for the city’s police and fire department. By next week, it hopes to provide a total of 500 masks and thinks that it can ramp up production to 5,000 pieces weekly. 

Meanwhile, Shapeways is producing face fields that are being used by medical crews. So far, the 3D printing bureau has made 1,100 face shields. The company is requesting $20 donations to make the shields, but will contribute its own funds to make every fifth shield produced. 

Siemens already announced that it would be opening up its additive manufacturing network at no cost to designers and suppliers to produce supplies for the COVID-19 outbreak. The German giant has now provided a progress report on its efforts, including the fact that it is working with manufacturers to adapt and speed up production of pharmaceuticals and protective gear. In particular, it has ramped up its manufacturing of blood-gas monitoring, portable X-ray, ultrasound and CT systems. It has also increased its deployment of virtual training and remotely managed imaging systems. 

Protective eyewear designed and printed by BEGO. Image courtesy of BEGO.

Others participating in complementing the supply efforts include BEGO, a digital dentistry specialist that relies on 3D printing and CAD/CAM to produce utensils for the prevention of infection. The company has opened up design files for modular face shield frames, breathing brackets and other parts, while also offering its production services in Bremen, Germany to medical facilities to fabricate any parts that may be necessary. For instance, BEGO Implant Systems has 3D printed protective eyewear and donated it to the  Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists for distribution among local hospitals and clinics. 

Smaller firms are continuing to provide their own services to produce face shields, including Brooklyn-based 3D printing company Makelab. The shield itself is made out of plastic dividers and presentation covers to attach to 3D-printed brackets. On the flipside, Solvay, which has extensive resources as a large chemical company, is working with Boeing to create face shields made from its own transparent thermoplastic films.

The materials from which they are made, Radel PPSU and Udel PSU, can be sterilized for medical use. Additionally, Solvay is working on 3D printing parts for ventilators, CAPRs, PAPRs, and surgical and N95 mask parts, as well as lubricants for oxygen machines. It is also making sanitizing gels. Boeing is moving some of its manufacturing operations to make face shields at its sites in Missouri, California, Arizona, Alabama and Pennsylvania. It plans to use its cargo aircraft to transport supplies to healthcare facilities. 

Given all of the efforts by companies large and small, along with helpful Makers and hobbyists, it will be interesting to determine to the extent to which their work has aided in preventing the spread of the virus, if it is finally contained. How this analysis can be achieved is difficult to know, but it is something that we will surely be considering. 

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The Mystery of the Missing Testing Swabs @formlabs

The Mystery of the Missing Testing Swabs

Meanwhile, a 3D printing company called Formlabs has jumped into the breach. A spokeswoman for the company, which is working on a design from a team of physicians at the University of South Florida Health, says it will “soon” be able to pump out about about 100,000 COVID-19 testing swabs daily at its US Food and Drug Administration-registered print farm in Ohio. Hospitals equipped with Formlabs printers will be able to produce them as well, the spokeswoman said. But she declined to give a timeline on when Formlabs would begin delivering the product. When it does, she wrote in an email, “we believe that any number of swabs we produce will provide relief to healthcare providers in need.

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SHINING 3D is using 3D Scanning and 3D Printing Technologies to support the allocation of much-needed medical equipment in the fight against Covid-19

SHINING 3D, the whole solution provider from 3D Scanning, through Intelligent Design, to Additive Manufacturing is using its newest technologies to support humankind in the battle against the pandemic. As a developer and provider of high-tech devices and equipment, a pioneer and leader in the 3D Digitizing and Additive Manufacturing Industry we see it as our duty to come up with solutions using our technologies to support the global community in this trying situation. Therefore we came up with solutions, which can easily help to sustainably and efficiently produce customized equipment.

Production of Medical Goggles by EP-A800 large scale SLA 3D-Printer

Medical goggles are necessary medical supplies needed to overcome the epidemic. Our EP-A800 resin 3D printer can be used for a quick bridge manufacturing in case of shortages. It enables a “no-human production” and thus ensures a hygienic production process avoiding the further spreading of the virus. Additionally, it is possible to share the goggles’ digital data in order to realize and put into practice network collaborative production, to improve and increase the amount and efficiency of units printed.

1. During the pandemic, wearing goggles will block the virus from directly contacting the wearer´s eyes and thus can help prevent an infection via the conjunctiva. Wearing medical goggles is not only necessary for medical professionals, but also recommended for personal use. Considering today’s situation with medical resources in shortage, 3D printing technology can help to produce medical equipment like these goggles not only quickly and efficiently, but also customize them.

2. Traditional goggles, because of their non-customized fit, fog easily and can be extremely uncomfortable to wear. Using 3D Printing and 3D Scanning technologies, the goggles can be customized to fit the wearers’ unique facial characteristics and the wearing comfort can be increased without the need of further tooling.

3. We provide a FREE downloadable STL file, which includes not only the original goggle structure, but also a breathing valve design on the side to make the goggles more comfortable and more suitable for long-term wear.

Kind reminder: SLA resin-printed goggle frames need to be sterilized with alcohol and UV lamps, and then equipped with lenses (or transparent plastic materials with good light transmission such as transparent PC, acrylic plates etc.), sponge strips, elastic bands and other necessary accessories in order to create a complete pair of goggles.

About the EP-A800

Based on our profound experience of 3D Digital Technology, Laser Scanning Strategy Optimization and the great success of the predecessor models EP-A650, EP-A450 and EP-A350 resin 3D-Printers, SHINING 3D has lately launched the new large-scale resin 3D-Printer EP-A800. The newly developed 3D-Printer is of high efficiency, high precision, comprising of a large size and especially suitable for prototype production, precision casting prototypes as well as sole molds and orthodontic models.

Features

Large Size, High efficiency, Great productivity

  • Compared with EP-A650, the build volume is increased by 85% to 800mm*800mm*450mm.
  • Based on the dynamic optimization of printing path algorithm and the patented VarioBeam technology, the printing efficiency is doubled.
  • With dual-laser, the printing speed is 30%~45% faster than single-laser.
  • The max weight of one-time produced part is 120kg.

Patented Technology, Stable and Reliable, High Precision

  • Patented VarioBeam Technology, which has a high positioning accuracy, ensures not only the processing efficiency, but also the details and surface quality of the parts.
  • Liquid-level Control Technology, the adjustment accuracy is within ±0.01mm; automatic detection during printing, dynamic fine adjustment.
  • The design of machine hardware framework is optimized and more stable.
  • 00-level marble platform to improve the motion accuracy and long-term stability.

User-friendly Software, Easy to operate

  • Upgrade software and processing algorithm, automatically identifies the model features and optimizes the surface quality.
  • Provide variety of process parameter packages, such as dimension and power coefficient, to customers for convenient adjustments.
  • Regarding different features of models from the same batch or the same model, the process parameters can be dynamically specified for a better printing.
  • One-click to calibrate the Laser Power. The power will be detected and adjusted automatically before printing in order to improve the printing success rate.
  • Simple software interface for an easy operation, one-click to print. The printing progress is clearly displayed and the parameters can be monitored in real time.

Fill out the form in the link below and get the 3D STL data of the goggle for Free!

http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5353099/form

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How Supply Chain Finance Companies Are Helping the 3D Printing Industry

According to recent statistics that Small Business Trends published, about 44 percent of new businesses fail before they reach their fifth anniversary. Lack of sufficient cash was the reason that many of these entrepreneurs finally threw in the towel. For 3D printing companies, opportunities abound. However, they still face the age-old problem of cash flow that haunts the best of businesses. Supply chain finance companies that offer invoice factoring and purchase order financing give 3D printing businesses a revolutionary boost when it comes to working capital.

Many business owners go to a bank, however a bank requires collateral and years of financial past performance documentation from a business before it lends funds. Without the backing of financials and tax returns, a 3D printing company would likely have trouble in finding a bank based loan or cash flow solution.

Hard work and American ingenuity are at the foundation of U.S. based 3D printing companies. However, cash-strapped companies miss out on opportunities to innovate and prosper in this high-growth industry. Supply chain finance is comprised of several financial tools such as invoice factoring and purchase order financing. Many manufacturing and 3D printing companies use these financial instruments to help bridge the cash flow gap during the production phase of a large job. Every manufacturing plant has the same dilemma in trying to balance the ordering of products, timing of arrival, and production delivery that equates to sales on credit.

Almost every production manager can procure the backend supply chain like a musician playing an instrument but it has no control of how long an invoice may remain unpaid. What happens to many manufacturing companies that do not have a backup of cash flow is delayed raw material deliveries due to payables exceeding their vendor’s requirements and usually trigger expired purchase orders, cancellation of orders and loss of customer trust.

A 3D company should always be prepared by establishing an accounts receivable finance program that can avoid cash flow shortages due to customers taking longer to pay than expected.

What are the most popular financial tools available for the 3D industry

Invoice factoring is a financial service that allows a 3D company to access funding from a factoring firm that pays up to 90 percent of the invoice’s value immediately and retains 10% reserve until it’s paid by the buyer. The factoring firm pays the 3D company the remaining balance of the invoice minus the discount fee after the company’s customer pays the invoice in full.

Purchase order financing is a lending tool that allows companies to access funds from a lender to fulfill an existing purchase order. This type of finance arrangement usually is available once the client obtains invoice factoring. Once the raw materials or finished goods are delivered to the buyer, the factoring company pays off the purchase order finance obligation and sends the difference to the 3D company, then waits for payment from the buyer.

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Trade Payable Finance is a method of which a large financially strong buyer establishes a credit line with a factoring company on behalf of a 3D printer company to help accelerate the payments to its supply chain vendors. The 3D company agrees to deduct a discount in return for an early payment in order to accelerate cash flow but still allows the buyer to pay the standard terms to the factoring company. This type of financing requires suppliers that need more than $100,000 a month in early payment request.

Establishing credit terms sales with customers and converting the invoices to cash flow

Example: A seasoned entrepreneur’s eyes start to sparkle as it envisions supplying 3D printed ergonomic office accessories to retail stores such as Office Depot, Staples, and Costco. Startup businesses are more challenging because they only have access to invoice factoring at first. They have to deliver a product to a customer and generate an invoice. A new company has to offer credit terms to customers in order to do business and a factoring company is used to accelerate the credit terms sales into immediate cash flow. This enables a newly formed business to continue purchasing raw materials, pay for fixed overhead, production labor, logistics and finance the unpaid invoice.

More on invoice factoring basics

How to leverage and access money from a purchase order?

Once a business outpaces its cash flow from invoice factoring, then the 3D printing company can establish purchase order financing so long as there is recurring business from the same customers and there are purchase orders pending. Companies utilize this type of financing to keep the supply chain flowing without delays of a supplier waiting for money to deliver raw materials.

We find that many vendors are not open to sell a 3D company on credit terms until its established, however a purchase order company can come in and pay for the supplies and raw materials needed to complete the orders pending. There are more requirements needed when a business applies for po finance compared to a factoring company. The good news is if your company has recurring transaction flow in the business, it will usually qualify.

3D printed gear in a car electric drive module.

More on preparing for a purchase order finance application

Purchase order financing firms help 3D printing companies get the cash that they need to buy extra supplies, pay laborers, and transport finished goods to customers without touching the companies’ cash reserves. Purchase order financing companies don’t require long-term contracts for their services. Established 3D printing companies that have adequate equipment can get cash for supplies when they need it to meet short-term demand. They can also scale back to normal production quantities without losing money when demand for their products plateau.

Advancements in technology make it easier than ever for businesses to go global. However, many small and mid-sized 3D printing businesses pass on opportunities to sell their products beyond their local markets because of insufficient cash flow. Invoice factoring and purchase order financing firms level the playing field for smart businesses in the area of working capital just as social media did in the field of marketing.

Establish growth and brand recognition with the larger known companies in your industry


A new 3D printing company has to walk a tightrope to balance sales growth and brand building activities. If it only takes small orders from lesser-known retailers, it’ll take longer for the public to recognize its brand. Without establishing solid brand recognition, the 3D printing company risks being subverted by copy-cat competitors. If the company uses its cash to fulfill larger orders with well-known retailers, it may run out of cash to operate. Invoice factoring and purchase order financing firms help to mitigate the risk of running out of money to fulfill large, short-term orders with big-name clients. Once the 3D printing company exceeds the expectations of one well-known retailer, its brand name will be exposed to other retailers in the sector.

Cash Flow Solutions that keep your supply chain flowing

1st Commercial Credit provides supply chain financing for small to large companies ranging in monthly sales of $50,000 to $10 Million. We specialize in accounts receivable based financing and purchase order finance for manufacturing and distributors. We have been in business for over 18 years and service all of the United States, Canada and some UK areas.

Author: Raul Esqueda, President

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Tractus3D T2000: XL 3D Printing for Every Office

tractus3d t2000 launchedXL 3D printing continues to grow into a large chunk of the AM market, but most XL printers are housed in machine shops, warehouses, and factory floors. That doesn’t help the designers and engineers who work in traditional offices, which is still the typical environment for those professions. It’s hard to fit a machine that […]

MakerBot launches LABS extruder for METHOD to enable third party engineering material extrusion

Desktop FFF system manufacturer, MakerBot, has launched its new experimental LABS extruder for use with its METHOD 3D printer. The LABS extruder converts METHOD into an open materials platform, enabling the 3D printing of a range of third party engineering materials. Johan-Till Broer, VP of Product Development at MakerBot, stated: “By transforming METHOD into an […]

3D Printing and Mass Customization, Hand in Glove Part IV

Earlier in this series, we’ve discussed how we’re drunk on consumption, how we use up too much material and that recycling has some constraints. Now we’ll look at how creating and using high valued goods using recycling and sustainable materials is key. Whereas a lot of the especially wasteful waste of today is used on the low end of the cost scale. Plastic bags and plastic packaging survives for only a few days before it is disposed of in landfill. Materials such as PE, HDPE and PP are low cost and versatile. Thermosets can’t even be recycled into anything meaningful but can become perfect forms for a brief time. The lowest value applications also see, typically, the largest volumes and the shortest life of the material in that part. A nice ASA mirror could spend a few decades on a car and a PEI part could live in an aircraft for a decade while polyethylene bags last a day or two. The lest functional materials are also expensive to correctly identify and sort, something that is still often done manually. Due to all of this there is a mismatch between the high value needs of today’s consumers and the low value availability of abundant materials close to them.

Noble and trusted materials such as marble or wood, feel luxurious and long-lasting to the touch. Meanwhile, the feel of a polymer has made myriad inexpensive memories in our lives. There are notable exceptions, some high-value products use polymers well. The polypropylene handles of Wusthof knives, for example, seem very durable and luxurious. The German knife firm has gone further however and now uses “smoked oak” fiber composite materials on its Epicurean line of knives. Instead of an oil-based polymer or a costly wood, these fiber-based materials can give the manufacturer lower cost while maintaining good quality and a great feel. Outdoor retailer Patagonia has used a significant portion of recycled polyester in its recognizable product line. 72% of its collection now uses one recycled material or other and the firm also uses recycled wool, cotton, and cashmere.

One could look at other ways than just recycling materials and turning them into near new ones. Patagonia’s worn wear program patches up your jackets so they look visibly repaired but last longer. Asos’ reclaimed vintage line reportedly uses deadstock and old styles and turns them into new ones while Beyond Retro uses vintage clothing as fabric for new styles. Alternative methods can be found in 3D printing where materials such as hemp fill PLA replace an energy-intensive material with lower intensity hemp used as a filler. I like Wusthofs fiber examples and the 3D printed hemp fill because what you can do as a firm or designer is to craft a new feel, look and process to give people a completely new sensation. Using low impact and recycled materials it is possible to give a wholly contemporary branded material a sense of purpose that showcases its humble recycled origins while making the people using it feel better about themselves. Positioning these products in the higher echelon of branded products elevates the recycling process and makes for good business cases. Yes recycled napkins will elevate and use a vast quantity of material in a “morally superior” way but if we make good recycled materials design the pinnacle of achievement we will position renewed goods as a growing business set to expand across the globe.

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3D Printing and COVID-19, April 3, 2020 Update

Companies, organizations and individuals continue to attempt to lend support to the COVID-19 pandemic supply effort. We will be providing regular updates about these initiatives where necessary in an attempt to ensure that the 3D printing community is aware of what is being done, what can be done and what shouldn’t be done to provide coronavirus aid. 

Anesthesiology residents from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are now hosting the CoVent-19 Challenge on GrabCAD, where the community can submit designs for rapidly deployable ventilator systems. The challenge will last two months starting April 1, with finalists chosen to work with Stratasys to realize their designs as functional prototypes for testing. After four weeks, 20 finalists will be chosen before another four weeks are dedicated to developing and testing functional prototypes with the help of private and public sector representatives knowledgeable about the regulatory measures and safety testing associated with these medical devices. Three top finalists will win $10,000 in credits Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. 

Now that Medtronic has opened up the design files for its PB560 system, there may be a possibility that these designs will be functional and safe. Unfortunately, two months is a long time for people currently in dire need of ventilators, so hopefully alternatives to the CoVent-19 Challenge can be found instead. Perhaps most logically and importantly would be the increase in production of ventilators by manufacturers, possibly in response to government mandate. 

In the Czech Republic—the site of a major theft of 680,000 face masks shipping from China to Italy, possibly with state involvement—auto manufacturer ŠKODA is using its Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) systems to 3D print respirators for medical staff. The devices were designed by the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) at the Czech Technical University and certified according to EN 140:1999 standards for use within a week. 

Respirator masks printed by ŠKODA and certified according to EN 140:1999 standards. Image courtesy of ŠKODA.

The CIIRC RP95-3D is made up of a mask, seal caps, an adapter for a P3 filter cartridge attachment and exhalation covers. It is designed to be reused and sterilized in a steam sterilizer, as well as disinfected with a spray solution made of 85 percent ethanol. The filter is meant to last up to a week. MJF was used to ensure minimal porosity and layer lines in order to maximize disinfection.

After first testing the printing of five masks and certifying the production of the device, ŠKODA is now able to produce 60 respirators per day, with 16 hours to print and 16 hours to cool. Once made by the auto company, Czech print shop 3Dees is assembling them and sending them to the Ministry of Health, which will distribute them. Whereas injection molding will ultimately be used for production, 3D printing is a stopgap while molds are developed and made. In the interim, companies with Jet Fusion 4200 and 5200 series systems are invited to access the CIIRC web portal.

The certification of the device is key. The fact that the CIIRC RP95-3D respirator is said to offer the same degree of protection as an FFP3 class respirator or higher, as certified according to specific medical device standards, means that this could be a valid replacement for traditionally made respirators. 

The same cannot be said of some well-meaning filter systems being developed by individuals in Hong Kong. Makers in the region have developed 3D printable filter adapters for use on standard 3M half masks. Teacher Carlos Tchiang, for instance, has developed several iterations of an adapter to attach aerosol droplet filters to 3M HF52, 6200 and 7502 masks. Similarly, Neo Chan, the director of a video production team called Mirai Productions, has redesigned his own 3D printable filter adapter shown in the video below. 

That isn’t to say that Makers don’t have their role to play in creating items in response to the pandemic, but that there are safer ways of participating. Devices for medical staff should be made in conjunction with medical professionals, possibly through existing initiatives, such as #GetUsPPE in the U.S. Those devices should either be certified by regulatory bodies or of the variety that don’t require as strict safety standards, such as face shields and distancing devices. One example is a face shield that has been approved by the National Institute of Health in the U.S. 

Otherwise, Makers and businesses that don’t want to get into risky medical device production can work on items for the general public. Anisoprint, which manufactures fiber reinforcement 3D printing technology, is instead lending its hand to manufacturers impacted by the supply chain disruption resulting from the pandemic. The Russian-Luxembourg company will 3D print composite or plastic parts for businesses facing supply chain issues for free by emailing them at info@anisoprint.com.

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