3D printing has been identified as an important resource for bridging the production gap for equipment needed to protect healthcare workers fighting on the front lines to stop coronavirus.
We have seen the entire 3D printing community step up to help increase the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face shields, N95 respirator masks, and ventilators.
With the education community seeking information on how they can support these efforts, Teq has worked with our 3D printer partners to provide this comprehensive list of initiatives, resources, and promotions for responding to COVID-19.
3D Printing Initiatives to Support Healthcare
Makerbot Partnerships Deliver Resources to Medical Workers
Thingiverse, the world’s largest online 3D printing community (owned and operated by Makerbot), has created a group called Hack the Pandemic. This group provides a place to access and share files on all things pandemic related, from stay at home aides to printing out PPE and experimental medical printed parts.
Makerbot has also created a variety of resources, including a detailed video, instructional guide, and the 3D files needed to help 3D printing users print and assemble face shields for their local hospitals as quickly as possible.
Ultimaker’s How-To Guides and Printing Hubs Make 3D Printing Accessible
Ultimaker has opened its global network of 3D printing hubs, experts, and designers for 3D printer users and hospitals through Ultimaker.com. Ultimaker’s Coronavirus initiatives platform can help those in need receive assistance from a highly motivated team of application engineers by filling out the Ultimaker Design Support Form to receive assistance in the design process, and learn how to connect, design, and print PPE parts for hospitals.
With question around which designs will work best for PPE for healthcare professionals, Ultimaker has also recommended this list of critical medical supplies, which they suggest will best be utilized in the NIH 3D Print Exchange. This 3D Print Exchange platform has been curated by NIH/NIAID in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Veterans Healthcare Administration, and America Makes.
Low-Cost Solutions with 3Doodler
If you do not have access or the budget for a 3D Printer, you can use a low-cost 3D Pen as a solution for innovative designs and creations. With 3Doodler you can use either the 3Doodler Start or 3Doodler Create+ to weld household items together to create face shields, hand sanitizer holders, and learn about anatomy and physiology concepts.
Support for the EDU Community
While we have outlined many initiatives to support the healthcare community, we also have not forgotten about educators. Since many 3D design (CAD) softwares such as Tinkercad are already web based, 3D design and printing curriculum can easily be adapted for distance learning. In addition, there are many online tools that can be used, such as Merge’s Object Viewer app, as an alternative to utilizing 3D printers as part of the engineering design process for students.
Discounts for Educators
Our 3D printing partners have put together promotions for educators designed to help them support their communities and continue to facilitate learning virtually utilizing 3D design and printing.
A 10% unit discount when purchasing a complete Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, to allow uninterrupted printing and a wide range of automatic material switching for quickly and efficiently producing PPE. This bundle includes:
Ultimaker S5 printer with the largest Ultimaker build volume
Air Manager for filtering ultrafine particles
Material Handling Station that will hold and automatically switch material during prints.
3Doodler is offering special Learn at Home bundles. These bundles include the individual pen sets with additional strands of plastic refills and exclusive PDF access to “What Will You Create? Project Book.”
3Doodler hosts a weekly webinar series featuring the President and Inventor of 3Doodler, Max Bogue.
If you would like more information on these initiatives, resources, or promotions, please fill out a form on our Makerbot, Ultimaker, and 3Doodler pages, and we will have your Teq representative reach out.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting our schools and learning, Teq is making all of our PD courses on OTIS for educators FREE to help schools and districts implement distance learning. Sign up for a FREE Basic account!
In addition, Makerbot has released a survey to better understand how we can partner to better support educators as they plan for the upcoming weeks and months. Makerbot is not gathering emails or contact information and will not be reaching out directly from surveys. You can take the survey here.