How HP 3D printing is helping to combat Coronavirus

Posted on 25 Mar 2020 by Jonny Williamson

More than 1,000 3D printed critical parts have been delivered to hospitals thanks to HP and its global digital manufacturing community mobilising their technology, experience and production capacity to decrease infection rates.

One of the key business takeaways from the ongoing global Coronovirus emergency is the need for – and power of – collaboration.

A good example of that in action is how HP’s 3D R&D centres in Barcelona (Spain), Corvallis (Oregon), San Diego (California) and Vancouver (Washington) are collaborating with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production to meet the most urgent needs.

3D printed door handle, designed by Materialise and printed with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology.

3D printed door handle, designed by Materialise and printed with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. 

Already, the consortium have reportedly delivered more than 1,000 3D printed parts to local hospitals. Initial applications being validated and finalised for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts.

HP has said that is also coordinating with government, health, and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronied and effective approach.

Enrique Lores, President and CEO, HP Inc, commented: “HP and our digital manufacturing partners are working non-stop in the battle against this unprecedented virus. We are collaborating across borders and industries to identify the parts most in need, validate the designs, and begin 3D printing them.”

3D printing parts to help contain COVID-19

Some of the first applications being validated and produced by HP’s global network of manufacturing partners include:

  • Hands-free door opener: Door handles are among the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes.  This adapter allows for easy and more sanitary opening with an elbow.
  • Mask adjuster: Many hospital staff are required to wear masks for long periods of time.  This clasp is designed to improve comfort and alleviate associated ear pain.
  • Face shields: Face shields are one of the highest-need personal protection items.  Brackets to hold the shield and comfortably fit the wearer are a critical component.

Many more applications are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to begin production soon, including:

  • Field ventilator: 3D printed parts for a mechanical bag valve mask (BVM) that is designed for use as a short-term emergency ventilation of COVID-19 patients. This simplified design enables a robust and less-complex device, facilitating its rapid production and assembly.
  • FFP3 face masks: Effective protective gear is needed for medical providers to treat the volume of expected COVID-19 patients.  HP is validating several hospital-grade face masks and expects them to be available shortly.

Field ventilator that includes 3D printed parts made with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology.

Field ventilator that includes 3D printed parts made with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology.

Making part designs available

HP and its partners will be making the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available at this website for download.

3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against COVID-19 can contribute new applications and ideas at this website.

Get parts 3D printed now

If you need support with application development or would like to order parts please submit your request here.