Corporate, government and individual efforts to use additive manufacturing (AM) to address the medical supply shortages resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak are continuing. We continue to stress that the industry can not yet verify the safety of many of the items being 3D-printed. Unless these parties are working with medical professionals and both sides understand the potential inherent risks involved in 3D printing medical devices to be used in contact with a highly contagious disease, we will suggest that they may potentially do more harm than good.
One example of such a likely medically sound project comes from 3D printing startup Formlabs, which is 3D printing 150,000 COVID-19 test swabs daily using its 250+ in-house 3D printers at its Ohio printing facility. Over one weekend, the company worked with Northwell Health, New York’s largest hospital system, and USF Health to create a nasal swab prototype and test it in […]
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