Coronavirus is a global pandemic that is disrupting lives all over the globe. However, outside of China, Italy is where the virus hit hardest with total confirmed cases of 27,980 as of writing this article. While residents of Italy are practicing self-isolation like responsible citizens, high infection rates are bogging down hospitals as it becomes difficult to keep up with incoming patients. A hospital in Italy was running out of a critical equipment, and a 3D printing startup came to the rescue.
Isinnova 3D printed Venturi valves
A hospital in Chiari, near Brescia, was running short on Venturi valves, which are essential for a Venturi Oxygen mask to work. After reaching out, the Italian startup Isinnova’s founder and CEO Cristian Fracassi responded. As per a report, Fracassi took a 3D printer to the hospital and produced a few prototypes of the Venturi valves to confirm they work as intended. Later, he mass produced the valves for COVID-19 patients.