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3D Printing and Coronavirus: U.S. Additive Manufacturers Share Their Experiences

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought both setbacks and opportunities for American manufacturing. 3D printing companies share their stories. 

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 3/30/2020

In this week's discussion, editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson discuss face shield visors and masks; ventilator components; and new movement from the FDA on 3D printed devices. 

Guide for Healthcare Providers: How to Find (and Talk to) 3D Printing Professionals

If you are a medical professional in the U.S., you've likely heard that 3D printing can be an answer to equipment shortages. Here's how to find local 3D printing specialists and how to talk to them once you have. 

3D Printed Device Expands Ventilator Capacity to Address Shortfall During Coronavirus Crisis

Emergency authorization from FDA allows for use of device permitting four patients to use a shared ventilator. HP involved in mass production via additive manufacturing.

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 3/23/2020

Editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson discuss 3D printing issues related to ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and face shields, and how business conditions have been affected by coronavirus. 

Massachusetts Hospital Seeks 3D Printed Masks for Coronavirus Response

A mask design is available online via freely available STL file. Hospital offers email address for 3D printing users able to help.

Need Parts? These Additive Manufacturers Are Ready to Help

Disrupted supply chains are just one more effect of the coronavirus pandemic. These 3D printing service providers are ready to help fill production gaps with parts, tooling and prototypes. 

Support Structures Hold Down Productivity, Says Velo3D

A build example involving an aircraft bracket illustrates the production rate increase resulting from more parts per build plus the elimination of support removal. A new system for quality monitoring aids production as well.

Ventilator Manufacturing: Challenges and Likely Response During Coronavirus Crisis

Can we achieve something like a wartime transition to ventilator production, or will the response need to look different from this?

These 3D Printed Glasses Are Designed to “Solve” Kids’ Eyewear

Glasses work, but both the product and purchase experience could be made better. Fitz Frames aims to help, with custom glasses featuring 3D printed frames manufactured in Youngstown, Ohio. 

3D Printing Changes a Drone Engine: The Cool Parts Show S2E3

Cobra Aero made the engine cylinder of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) both more powerful and easier to manufacture. Learn what additive manufacturing is doing for drones in this episode of The Cool Parts Show.

3D Printed Custom Glasses: The Cool Parts Show S2E2

Fitz Frames has reimagined glasses, from the frames to the ordering process. See how the company manufactures glasses customized to every face in this episode of The Cool Parts Show

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