Since the rapid global spread of COVID-19, almost all countries and regions have faced shortages of personal protective equipment, including masks, protective clothing, goggles and other medical equipment. The United States, Germany and other countries are using 3D printing technology to fill the gap in demand. This not only opens a new way for the production of medical supplies under the epidemic, but also shows enterprises the potential of 3D printing.
USA:3D printing technology is widely used in medical applications
3D-printing enthusiasts and businesses across the United States are designing and printing medical supplies, including mask accessories. In Maryland, ToddBlatt, a small business owner, converted a studio into a mask factory, making more than 1,200 mask accessories through 3D printers. Similar to masks, 3D-printed cotton swabs are proliferating in the United States. A company called North wellHealth now USES a 3D printer to make 5, 000 cotton swabs a day for hospitals, and plans to increase that to 7, 500-8, 000 a day.
Germany: "Global production" becomes "local production"
On the one hand, companies rely heavily on global supply chains for their products, requiring a range of equipment. 3D printing, on the other hand, can reduce many links, even in one step, and also reduce the logistics burden. 3D printing is turning "made globally" into "made locally". According to a study published last year by BITKOM, Germany's federal information and Communications and New Media industry association, nearly 80 per cent of companies surveyed thought 3D printing would have a profound impact on their business models and value chains.
Uae: There is demand in multiple areas
The UAE Gulf News network revealed that 3D printed masks have been put into production in Dubai. Compared with ordinary masks, 3D-printed masks have two major differences: one is more ergonomic, more facial fit, and more portable;The second is to add an additional replaceable outer layer and a special transparent layer. Thousands of masks have been produced and are being given priority to dubai police and health care workers who have close contact with patients.
The recently completed Government office building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the largest 3D printed building in the world and is part of a "3D printing strategy" announced by the Dubai government back in 2016.In 2019, 2 percent of each new building in Dubai will be built using 3D printing technology, and the city government plans to increase that to 25 percent by 2025. 3D printed buildings are not only cheap, but also easy to replicate, which could meet large-scale housing demand in the future.
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