PostProcess: COVID-19 Response Update

We’re here to assist with efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic however we can. Please contact us if you are 3D printing supplies or PPE for first responders and have a bottleneck in your post-printing step – we can help. Additionally, if you are experiencing a shortage of IPA for resin removal due to its use in sanitizers and other disinfecting products, we have an IPA alternative for this process. Contact us for more information.

How We’re Helping
PPE Production at SCAD

We’re proud that our solutions are being put to work in response to the crisis, such as at SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design). As one of our long time customers, SCAD is utilizing our BASE Automated Support Removal solution for FDM post-printing on face shield components. Their increased production of PPE for local first responders is supported by the ability to stack on the printer build tray and automate support removal of multiple pieces at once.

Justin Cox, Assistant Superintendent at SCAD, commented: “The BASE has been an invaluable part of our workflow. We are able to load the BASE with large numbers of face shields and ear relief straps and wash them all within 2 hours. This allows our team to assemble and package within a day. We are also using the BASE to wash parts that are printed in our other facilities that normally use traditional parts washing tanks which also saves us a lot of time”. Learn more here.

Redirecting our In-house 3D Printers for Local PPE Efforts

PostProcess’ in-house FDM 3D print capacity, typically used for internal testing and sample parts, has been redirected as a part of a joint effort for PPE equipment production in our hometown of Buffalo, NY. We’re teaming with a number of local companies who are also donating materials and funds to produce face shields for local first responders. Our software-driven Support Removal technology allows us to post-print more parts at once with virtually no technician time, therefore increasing the speed of our production. Learn more here.

Support for our Customers Redirecting 3D Printing Operations

A number of PostProcess customers are redirecting their additive operations to support COVID-19 manufacturing efforts. We are committed to deploying our internal Application Engineering resources to support the optimization of their PostProcess solutions to their new 3D printing program.

Please contact us if we can support your efforts to fight COVID-19 with 3D printing.
Additionally, learn more about our day-to-day operations during COVID-19 here.

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EnvisionTEC COVID-19 Efforts

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be an opportunity for 3D printing to assist in finding new, innovative ways for healthcare professionals to provide assistance.  A shortage of the necessary diagnostic and treatment supplies has been discovered, and while many businesses have jumped in to help, it is 3D printing that may be able to provide real answers for how to combat the supply chain crisis.

Working hand-in-hand with healthcare leaders, EnvisionTEC has identified several areas where their specific strengths in biocompatible materials and fast, precise 3D printing equipment can help to provide replenishment of stocks as well as new, alternative solutions.

Learn more about these efforts below and find out where you can help, and how we can help you.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

In order to effectively treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients, healthcare professionals and many other essential workers rely heavily on PPE’s in order to safely maintain their own health. Many mask designs are meant to be single-use, and with the general public adding to the demand for these items, they are becoming increasingly hard to come by. Again, 3D printing is an ideal solution, allowing for portions of face shields to be printed and sterilized. EnvisionTEC has a number of large 3D printers that can quickly and efficiently print these parts in bulk, and many of their customers have been able to answer the call for local needs.

3D Print Face Shields on Envision One
Order EnvisionTEC Custom-Made Masks

The links below can be used to assist in 3D printing and assembling face shields for interested parties.

Please do not download any files before you have read, acknowledged and agreed to the following Release Waiver

Build files for face shields (8) on the Envision One

Database of PET Film Suppliers

Build files and instructions for 3D printing face shields

Please email your requirements to covid19@envisiontec.com in North America and covid19@envisiontec.de in the rest of the world.

Minimum order quantity: 2000

Lead time: 2 weeks

$13/each

Add $1/filter

Face Shields
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Mask File Photo
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Completed Face Shield
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Filter Mask 1
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Filter Mask 2
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Nasopharyngeal (NP) Swabs

Perhaps the biggest immediate need in the fight against COVID-19 is simply identifying those who have been infected as early as possible.  Testing kit availability has been vastly inadequate, and the medical community has been working tirelessly with the 3D printing community to find a solution to mass-producing the nasopharyngeal collection swabs to alleviate the shortage quickly. EnvisionTEC has been working closely with the Harvard Microbiology Lab within a larger group dedicated to connecting academia with the manufacturing industry to combat this shortage.

To this end, EnvisionTEC engineers have designed a collection tip for a flexible nasal swab.  Brian Nilson, of Nilson Laboratories, 3D printed the final design for testing.  He was able to print 400 of the swabs in E-Guide Soft material on his Envision One cDLM in two hours.  The testing process is comprised of a ten stage mechanical testing, a two part absorption test, a biological/chemical testing procedure to ensure the swab absorbs viral RNA particles and does not interfere with PCA/reagents, and a sample collection testing procedure.  To pass, a sample needed to use a material that is approved as chemically safe, would bend 180 degrees without breaking, and the design needed to be able to safely collect enough virus particles from the nasal passage to effectively test.

E-Guide Soft has passed some of these tests and is awaiting final IRB testing and approval. Under FDA regulations, an IRB group that has been formally designated to review and monitor biomedical research involving human subjects has the authority to determine that E-Guide Soft is suitable for the mass production of the NP swabs for COVID-19 testing.  EnvisionTEC has been working with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) of Boston’s Biomedical Laboratory, to obtain the IRB approval. EnvisionTEC has long been committed to providing solutions to their customers and is now preparing to take on the call to action of helping to equip medical professionals with the tools needed to help combat this global pandemic.  With a vast network of thousands of customers eager to help, EnvisionTEC is proud to offer the capability of producing quantities of up to half a million of the swab per day.

Print NP Swabs
Order NP Swabs

These NP swabs are a Class 1 medical device.  In order to print these for use by medical professionals, you must first be registered with the FDA and the swabs must be added to your medical device listing with the FDA.

Click here for instructions regarding this registration and listing.

Once this is done, please email covid19@envisiontec.com in North America and covid19@envisiontec.de in the rest of the world to be added to the list of available manufacturing partners. The protocols being developed for the NP swabs require an Envision One cDLM and a PCA 2000 curing unit.

NP swabs are available to order. Please email us at covid19@envisiontec.com in North America and covid19@envisiontec.de in the rest of the world for pricing and lead times.

NP Swab FDA Listings

Applicator, Absorbent Tipped, Sterile, Product Code KXG
 
Applicator, Absorbent Tipped, Non-Sterile, Product Code KXF
Swab
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Printed Swabs in EnvisionONE
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Self Sealed Sterilizable Pouch
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Close up of Swabs
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Printed Swabs in EnvisionONE
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Flexing Swab
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Swabs
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Ventilator Splitter

Individual ICU ventilators are critical in the treatment of patients in severe respiratory failure, a symptom of severe cases of COVID-19. It has been determined that the demand for these ventilators will far exceed the current stock on hand.  Manufacturing giants such as Ford and GM have been tapped to assist in the production of these machines, but even with the increased manufacturing capabilities, the process to get these machines ordered and in the hands of the medical professionals who need them could cause delays.  Al Siblani has been working with local hospitals in the Metro Detroit area to provide a functional ventilation splitter that could be 3D printed in a Class 1 material such as EnvisionTEC’s E-Guide. EnvisionTEC is working with the FDA to authorize the use of 3D printed splitters as an emergency solution to allow for multiple patients to receive oxygen from the same ventilator by adjusting the pressure controls on the ventilators to allow for dual-patient use.  By using 3D printing for these accessories, production could be scaled up in locations close to where the need is greatest, allowing for fast reaction to the growing problem and more than double the capacity of current ventilator stock.

To place an order, please email covid19@envisiontec.com in North America and covid19@envisiontec.de in the rest of the world.

Splitter
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Printed Ventilators on platform
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