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With Medical Equipment in Short Supply, 3D Printing Steps Up in Coronavirus Crisis


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A shortage of medical equipment is spurring healthcare providers to turn to three-dimensional (3D) printing as a temporary solution during the coronavirus pandemic. For example, the Northwell Health hospital system is 3D-printing nasal swabs in New York, the epicenter of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Physicians at Northwell Health and the University of South Florida tested, designed, and fabricated the swabs from sterilized surgical-grade resin using printers from Formlabs.

As the U.S. mobilization of domestic production gears up, health officials and 3D printing firms are sharing digital files which can be printed rapidly into potentially lifesaving equipment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also published updated guidance for healthcare providers on 3D printing medical devices and personal protective equipment, including recommendations and precautions to follow when 3D-printing and testing equipment.

From The Wall Street Journal
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