HP Inc. and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing their 3D printing teams, technology, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 1000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals. HP’s 3D R&D centers in Barcelona, Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington are collaborating with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production to meet the most urgent needs. Initial applications being validated and finalized for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts. HP is also coordinating with government, health, and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronized and effective approach.
“HP and our digital manufacturing partners are working non-stop in the battle against this unprecedented virus. We are collaborating across borders and industries to identify the parts most in need, validate the designs, and begin 3D printing them,” said Enrique Lores, president and CEO, HP Inc. “Our deepest appreciation goes to our employees, partners, customers, and members of our community for their tireless efforts to support the medical professionals making a difference on the front lines.”
Some of the first applications being validated and produced include:
- Hands-Free Door Opener: Door handles are among the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes.
- Mask Adjuster: Many hospital staff are required to wear masks for long periods of time.
- Face Shields: Face shields are one of the highest-need personal protection items.
Many more applications are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to begin production soon, including:
- Field Ventilator: 3D printed parts for a mechanical bag valve mask (BVM) that is designed for use as a short-term emergency ventilation of COVID-19 patients.
- FFP3 Face Masks: Effective protective gear is needed for medical providers to treat the volume of expected COVID-19 patients.
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