Hello all and I hope you are all well!
Just a quick one today about an article from Italy about how 3D printing is actually saving peoples lives in times of great need and supply chain breakdowns.
“500 patients in northern Italian hospitals are receiving right now respirators, produced by hacked scuba gear that was shipped by Decathlon! This is incredibly cool. Big hugs to Isinnova and their team, Massimo Temporelli, Fablab Milano and all the people involved in this! Big time respect. This is the second successful project after replacing the missing pieces of existing ICU ventilators last week. On the Isinnova website, anybody can connect and learn how to follow the same practice in their own country. This virus is incredibly fast moving, so we need to move faster.”
Also, a quick sneak peak on how I would like to donate my time and printing services should the need arise – printing masks and respirator valves – if the open source ventilator ever comes about!
The mask I printed below is done in a nice flexy TPU which feels great on the skin, compared to say PLA. Using just once disposable mask, you can make at least 6 filters that are held in place behind the screw cap to filtrate the air as well as any disposable mask does with the benefit of 6 masks in 1, saving massivly on the need for dispoable masks in huge quantities at any one time. It’s also easily cleanable and very durable to boot!