We are all in this together

3D printing has become one of most versatile and useful tools in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. A lot of companies, included our partners, are trying to take advantage of this technology for helping people to fight against the virus.

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a major impact on the global industry, affecting all markets and sectors. Most countries are living under confined conditions and the number of victims and patients requiring hospital treatment dramatically increases on a global scale.

Attending that critical situation, a lot of companies and technological centres have decided to join forces and turn its resources towards the production of components to support the healthcare sector, including our founders:

HP

The ventilator shortage in hospitals has been solved thanks to the development of 3D printed ‘splitters’ that allow more than one patient to access a single ventilator. Leitat and CZFB designed these splitters and also the ventilator mentioned earlier; a first production run of 200 of these devices is now completed, with further 1,000 units expected to be produced by next week. US not-for profit Prisma Health has also developed a 3D printed splitter device, the Prisma Health Vesper, a three-way connector that expands the use of one ventilator to treat up to four patients simultaneously. This device has already received FDA approval.

HP is also manufacturing field ventilator valves and hospital-grade face masks, currently undergoing testing and validation. The company has also delivered 1,000 3D printed parts not requiring validation to hospitals to date, such as face mask clasps, and has made available a number of STL files for public use: https://bit.ly/3aQQZ4O

LEITAT 1

Leitat 1 is the result of the alliance between Consorci de la Zona Franca (CZFB), HP and Leitat (Tecnio), together with Catsalut, through Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa (CST) and Hospital Parc Taulí de Sabadell. This consortium of companies has managed to develop the first industrially producible emergency ventilator, ready to support hospitals and ICUs.

Designed by Magí Galindo (Leitat) and medically validated by the team of Dr. Lluís Blanch (Parc Taulí), Leitat 1 has been achieved with 3D printing technology in a bit more than a week and approved by the Spanish Medical Agency. This emergency device can be produced at an industrial scale and reach a daily production capacity of 50 up to 100 units.

Leitat has also launched the 3D printed ‘MULTIVENT’ splitter to help the health services in facilitating access to assisted breathing equipment to Coronavirus affected patients.

Both devices include 3D printed parts with Multi Jet Fusion technology and post-processed with Abrast equipment.

For more information: https://covid-leitat.org/

Renishaw

Renishaw, has started mass-producing critical components for medical ventilators, as part of a nationwide effort to support the NHS in the fight against Covid-19. The company has dedicated a significant part of its to produce precision-machined components for two different ventilators manufactured by the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, with production at the sites now running seven days a week. This follows a huge effort from the project, manufacturing engineering and production teams over the last two weeks.

Within a few days, Renishaw joined with leading companies in the aerospace, automotive, medical devices and motorsport sectors to form the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, under the leadership of Dick Elsy, CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. This diverse team is working non-stop to boost production of two proven ventilators, selected by the NHS and manufactured in the UK by Penlon and Smiths Medical.

For more information: https://bit.ly/3f2hast

ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal has joined forces with leading researchers and medical professionals in Spain to produce ventilators, ramping up efforts to find solutions for treating coronavirus. Working in full coordination with the Minister of Innovation for the Asturias Region, Spain, the ventilators have been produced using 3D printing and took one week to design.

Spanish health authorities have also asked ArcelorMittal’s Research & Development team based in Avilés, Spain to support and develop 3D printed face shields for health professionals. In the space of two days, the team designed and created two types of face shields, including face shields attached to the head and helmet. ArcelorMittal is currently working with a number of external partners to enable large scale production of these face shields.

For more information: https://bit.ly/2WgFG0m

Forward AM by BASF

The 3D Printing Solutions team and many colleagues across diverse divisions have activated their private and company printers to support hospitals.

By 3D printing the urgently required frames for protective face shields, that effectively protect healthcare workers from infection. BASF has already produced more than 1000 frames and they are working with their partners in the Additive Manufacturing industry to be able to supply even more frames in a shorter time. For more information: https://bit.ly/3bSrL7g

Abrast by Coniex

In the post-processing phase for part cleaning and surface treatment after printing, ABRAST, the additive manufacturing post-processing arm of the CONIEX Group, has actively participated facilitating the right equipment and process knowledge to optimize and speed up such urgent production requirements.

For more information: https://bit.ly/2KKCHIa

ACEO ® by Wacker

Wacker’s ACEO® was asked to print silicone elastomer parts for Corona test devices in the US and has taken swift action to deliver the first series within days. They are also in touch with the European Commission to offer help in the form of 3D printed silicone parts for medical devices. ACEO® can offer design support, rapid prototyping, small series, spare parts, and more.

For more information: https://bit.ly/2xmjKJ1

3D Factory Incubator

As a response to the pandemic, the 3D Factory Incubator team has been involved in the production of the ‘Leitat 1’ field respirator, and the 3D printed ‘MULTIVENT’ splitter. Besides, the team enabled the mailbox proposals@dfactorybcn.org for any individual, entrepreneur, or company that wanted to send their projects related to 3D applications to fight against COVID-19. The selected ones would be developed in the incubator laboratories, under the supervision and advice of the 3D Factory Incubator technical team.

The incubated companies also turned to the difficult task of helping, through their equipment and knowledge to the health personnel, as well as all those who perform essential functions during the period of confinement (supermarkets, transporters, professional care, etc.).

Fira Barcelona

FiraSalut has launched a temporary hospital that is already available to the health system in case it requires additional beds to alleviate the effects of the current pandemic. This equipment initially has a capacity for 300 patients, which could be quickly expanded by 700 more. Having this resource would allow facing a possible rebound in cases of Covid-19 and would help hospitals to manage their healthcare activity.

This temporary hospital complements other initiatives involving Fira de Barcelona: the assignment of Hall 7 (Victoria Eugenia) of the Montjuïc venue, which has been fitted out as an accommodation centre with 450 places for people in vulnerable situations, the donation of two tonnes of food to soup kitchens, which have been distributed by the Nutrició sense Fronteres (NGO), and the preparation of 17,000 meals in the central kitchen of the Gran Via venue for hospitals and nursing homes.

For more information: https://bit.ly/2xl24gK



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