As the global COVID-19 pandemic affects all industries around the world, a growing number of manufacturers, product designers and 3D scanning / 3D printing service providers are stepping in to fight the virus and save lives, thanks to 3D measurement technologies. Indeed, 3D scanning and additive manufacturing approaches accelerate product development, prototyping, quality control and reverse engineering, in order to improve the production of protective equipment.
The medical equipment sector is an area that particularly benefits from the power and potential of 3D measurement technologies. Many companies are stepping up the development and production of protective masks, mask filters, respirators, etc.
Several Creaform partners and industry leaders are leading the way in this ever-growing movement in this race against time. We are proud to be able to help them in this fight against COVID-19. Let's take a closer look at some of their initiatives!
First, Geopoints , a provider of 3D scanning services in the Netherlands, is working with a major customer to help produce protective gear to enable healthcare workers to treat patients with COVID-19. The Geopoints team uses the HandySCAN 3D scanner to develop molds for protective equipment more quickly, thereby reducing the tedious tooling process.
Another convincing example: AsorCAD , one of Creaform's partners. This provider of 3D services and solutions based in hard-hit Spain, is joining the non-profit platform 3DCovid19.org to perform 3D scanning and reverse engineering ofventilatorparts , as part of an initiative to to put respirators considered obsolete back into service due to a lack of connectors. In fact, AsorCAD is the only company in Spain involved in the 3D scanning and end-to-end reverse engineering of these parts.
AsorCAD is also working on projects to digitize masks as well as filtration equipment. Many other Spanish companies specializing in 3D scanning and 3D printing have joined the platform to develop more protective equipment.
Stratasys , an international 3D printer, is fighting COVID-19 through several key initiatives , including the intensification of its 3D printing activities of reusable and disposable protective masks, for healthcare professionals and law enforcement agencies . Stratasys is also working with Massachusetts General Hospital by making their 3D printers available to create as many masks as possible. Finally, the company is also taking part in the CoVent-19 Challenge , an open innovation effort for the design of a rapidly deployable mechanical respirator.
These are just a few examples of the early creative efforts of Creaform partners and the 3D scanning / 3D printing industry, implemented to fight COVID-19. We would like to pay tribute to their contribution to get out of this crisis more quickly.
Innovation continues to evolve every day
The situation is changing rapidly and a growing number of companies are showing ingenuity to support the cause. For example, even non-destructive assessment (NDT) service providers, who typically perform pipeline integrity inspections for the oil and gas industry, and whose operations are slowed down, use 3D scanners to help develop valuable medical supplies, such as masks.
We will keep you informed of other initiatives that use 3D measurement technologies to overcome this global crisis. We will get back to you soon.
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