As the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll over the globe including developed countries, several countries have announced travel restrictions, work from home policies, and social distancing measures. Despite the advanced medical facilities and infrastructure in the developed countries, there is an overcrowding at the hospitals resulting in a surge in the demand for essential components such as respirators, masks, and other personal safety equipment.
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Given that huge demand, the traditional processes might take time and this has given an opportunity for the 3D printing community to step forward to help during the global crisis. Notably, there are challenges in the same as medical devices are complicated and 3D printing of these can have unforeseen consequences. But there are some companies that have managed to overcome these challenges and have come up with essential components that help in treating or curbing the spread of coronavirus.
Not only 3D printing but also other tech startups operating in various industries such as robotics, healthtech, etc. have also come forward to unleash their expertise in an attempt to bring the global crisis under control. Let’s take a look at the various innovative products such as 3D printed respirator valves to face shields that can be used in the battle against COVID-19.