Solutions Being Explored
Last updated - April 3, 2020 2:00 pm PST
The following table provides a summary view of current applications being explored
|Category||Part||Current Activity||Status||Clinical Uses||Next Steps|
|PPE - Face Shield||Face Shield Frame||Prototypes of frames have been printed||Active||No||Optimize design and source clear plastic material that would attach to frame to create the face shield|
|Diagnostics||Swab||Prototypes of nasal swabs have been printed in multiple materials||Active||No||Feasibility testing and clinical feedback|
|Ventilator Components||Various||Clinical use of 3d printed parts in Italy; additional evaluation of materials and print processes||Active||Yes||Engagement with medical device manufacturers for feasibility and testing|
|PPE - Surgical Masks||Surgical Masks||Prototypes of various designs have been printed and are being tested||Active||No||Clinical evaluation and feedback|
|N95 Compliant Masks||Prototypes have been printed; need N95 filter material to make viable||Not Active||No||We do not recommend 3D printing of N95 compliant surgical masks and respirators without proper testing.|
|PPE - Respirators||N95 Respirator||Prototypes have been printed; need N95 filter material to make viable||Not Active||No|
|Materials||All||Material Technology Recommendation Chart* created for download for Printer-material section||View||The recommendation below may change based on continued results. The table will be updated regularly to reflect these changes.|
* 3D Systems Material Technology Recommendation Chart
We have prepared a Material Technology Recommendation Chart to identify the best candidates for printer-material combinations for which either Class VI and/or ISO 10993 certifications are possible, including potential solutions to applications in emergency situations though the materials are not Class VI and/or ISO 10993 certified and customers should conduct their own testing to determine whether certification is possible.
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The production of medical parts requires conformance with certain regulations. The parts and designs shown above do not have regulatory clearance at this time. Any required validations and regulatory approvals are not the responsibility of 3D Systems.
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