Additive Manufacturing can assist in the fight against COVID-19 and other pandemics and impact on the global supply chain

Eneko Larrañeta, Juan Dominguez Robles, Dimitrios Lamprou*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The high demand on medical devices and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis, left millions of healthcare professionals unprotected in the middle of this situation, as governments around the world were not prepared for such pandemic. The 3D printing (3DP) community, from Universities to 3DP enthusiasts with printers at home, was there to support hospitals from day one on this demand by providing PPE and other medical supplies (e.g. face shields and valves for respiratory machines). This editorial, will cover the importance of 3DP in the fight against COVID-19 and how this can be used to tackle potential pandemics and support the supply chain.
Original languageEnglish
Journal3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
Early online date23 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 05 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • 3D Printing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • COVID-19
  • Medical devices
  • pandemic
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • supply chain

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