The additive manufacturing industry has been a game-changer in the effort to battle this pandemic. Where supplies of personal protection equipment were scarce, the AM industry got to business and supplied hundreds of thousands of PPE for health care workers. Where ventilators were in short supply or not functioning, AM stepped in with innovative solutions. Stories of AM’s role began appearing in March, and they have not stopped. In case you missed some of them, here’s a look at what our readers consider the interesting stories on AM’s efforts.
Maker Mask, a nonprofit initiative organized by leaders in technology, industry, and government, made the first medically-approved design for 3D printer protective masks available to anyone with a 3D printer. Developed by Rory Larson, inventor of Maker Mask, the masks can be manufactured using commonly available materials and hobbyist grade 3D printers for a cost of about $2.00 to $3.00 per unit for materials.
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