HP Offers 3D Printing to Increase Production of Critical Devices
PALO ALTO, CA — HP Inc. and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing 3D printing teams, technology, experience and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in medical facilities treating patients with COVID-19.
HP’s 3D research and development centers in Barcelona, Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington are collaborating with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production to meet the most urgent needs.
Initial applications being validated and finalized for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers and respirator parts. HP is also coordinating with government, health and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronized and effective approach. More than 1000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals.
“HP and our digital manufacturing partners are working non-stop in the battle against this unprecedented virus. We are collaborating across borders and industries to identify the parts most in need, validate the designs, and begin 3D printing them,” says Enrique Lores, President and CEO, HP Inc. “Our deepest appreciation goes to our employees, partners, customers, and members of our community for their tireless efforts to support the medical professionals making a difference on the front lines.”
Some of the first applications being validated and produced include mask adjusters that improve the comfort of the masks medical staff are required to wear. Many more applications are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to begin production soon including FFP3 face masks and field ventilators.
HP and its partners will be making the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available for download. 3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against COVID-19 can contribute new applications and ideas at https://enable.hp.com/us-en-3dprint-COVID-19-containment-applications