Executives at Malcolm Nicholls Limited (MNL), U.K., announced that they will prioritize production for and offer a reduced rate to anyone looking to create devices that help with the fight against Coronavirus.
If you are a designer or product developer looking for assistance with the production of ventilators, sanitizer dispensers or any other product designed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, with their reputation for quality and delivery, MNL can have your 3D printed parts ready in a matter of days.
With their production team on hand to ensure this quick turnaround, MNL is determined to use their position as a leading rapid prototyping company to help fight Coronavirus.
MNL is known for creating medical devices and has worked previously on devices such as blood monitoring and testing kits, inhalers, self-injecting devices for insulin, contaminated product receptacles and retinal imaging machines.
The company played a significant role in the creation of POWERbreathe, a handheld respiratory muscle training, assessment and monitoring device, intended for use by healthcare professionals for inspiratory muscle training and assessment in patients with dyspnoea, including patients with asthma, COPD, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, heart disease, neuromuscular disease, Parkinson’s disease and spinal injury.
MNL’s role in the creation of the device came after they were approached by an industrial design company to produce a low volume series of prototypes.
To do this, they were supplied with full 3D CAD files in STL format and a 3D printed model was then completed by using Stereolithography. This was then hand finished with a variety of graded finishes – the main body was finished to a high gloss, whilst the additional side components were finished to a satin level.
These finished 3D printed components were used as a pattern for MNL’s silicone tooling process.
The castings produced included a water clear elastomer for the mouthpiece, an ABS equivalent polyurethane for the main body and the stand, whilst the moldings to the side were produced in an elastomer to give the main body grip.
A series of twenty castings were produced via this soft tooling route and the product went from data to finished prototype in just over a week.
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