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3D printing of epidemic prevention materials

2023-12-13 11:15

According to Ford, the company uses 3D printing technology to produce masks that can resist COVID-19 and have been shipped to local hospitals in Michigan. As of the 29th, Ford has produced 75000 3D printed masks, and will continue to ship 100000 masks per week thereafter to support the epidemic stricken states in the United States.

Japanese automaker Toyota has also stated that it is preparing to start producing two batches of critical medical devices in North America to help frontline employees return to work. Like Ford, Toyota has stated that it will begin mass production of 3D printed masks and is seeking partners to begin producing masks. The company stated that it is ready to start producing masks, but requires corresponding partners to provide filters to prevent virus particles from entering.

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Boeing has already widely applied 3D technology to the production of aircraft components, and this time it will also use 3D printing equipment from multiple facilities across the United States to produce facial protectors, in order to quickly help protect frontline anti epidemic workers from the risk of infection.

According to its production plan, the initial goal is to produce thousands of facial protectors per week and gradually increase production. According to Boeing, they have additive manufacturing aircraft in cities such as St. Louis, Missouri, El Segundo, California, Mesa, Arizona, Huntsville, Alabama, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As long as these facilities are still operational and can meet government health directives and Boeing employee health and safety requirements, they will be put into production early. In addition, Boeing has promised to provide the Dreamer aircraft, one of the world's largest cargo planes, for transporting important and urgently needed supplies to medical staff.

Carbon, a 3D printing company in Silicon Valley, is also using 3D printing technology and a network of contract manufacturers to produce medical equipment and equipment parts to help contain and treat novel coronavirus pneumonia. The company's digital photosynthesis technology and resin materials can be used for 3D printing of various parts, including masks, test swabs, etc. "By dynamically producing parts (in many cases locally) to overcome supply chain challenges, 3D printing technology has unique advantages," the company said.