3D printing during Corona can offer a practical solution to the shortage of medical devices, industrial applications and stock shortages.
It is expected that shortages of tools and parts will arise worldwide and that these shortages will only increase. Shortages arise elsewhere in Europe, but the Netherlands is also likely to develop such needs. This is not about scarcity of consumer goods, but about medical devices and parts for machines. There is already a demand for medical devices, but practical and industrial applications will also be urgently needed in the short term. 3D printing during Corona can then offer a practical solution.
Oceanz is fully involved in society and would like to contribute where possible. Some examples of 3D printing during the Corona pandemic that can make a valuable contribution:
In countries where the pandemic is ahead, hospitals face major challenges with the shortage of ventilator and equipment for Intensive Care units. Intensive Care equipment is not easy to order and medical supplies are stalled due to global demand. For example, some necessary devices cannot function because certain parts can no longer be supplied or are missing from the stocks.
The future is currently uncertain. Reports of inventory problems are emerging and there may be an urgent need for spare parts or special applications or modifications in the process industry in the short term. These 3D applications can be easily and quickly manufactured with 3D printing.
Is there a need to quickly convert robots? Robotics components can be made good with 3D printing. Think of small and large parts of a robot, but also a housing of a controller board. In (process) industry and mechatronics, 3D printing is used for custom-made grippers, buttons and mechanical parts of, for example, robot arms.
Faulty machine parts? Machine stoppages can be quickly reduced with the use of 3D printing. Production companies are easily in possession of the correct stocks and can keep them in control with 3D printing. Thanks to the good properties of various 3D printing materials, the 3D printing technique is very suitable for use in the production of machines and parts.
In order to achieve the above options, fast switching is necessary. If no digital file is available, reverse engineering offers the solution. It often starts with a 3D scan of the model that is converted into a 3D file. This file serves as the basis for possible further optimization or innovation. Does a 3D file not meet the requirements for 3D printing? Then it is also possible to have it repaired.
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Read more about Oceanz’s policy on the Corona measures here.