Carbon COVID-19 Response

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers around the world are facing an acute shortage of critical medical safety and testing equipment. Carbon has responded rapidly to help meet this unprecedented demand, specifically by designing, validating, and producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) face shields and patient sampling swabs.

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Nasopharyngeal Swabs

To help increase COVID-19 testing capacity, Resolution Medical, an FDA registered, in vitro diagnostic and medical device manufacturer, announced the launch of The Resolution Medical Lattice Swab, crafted with the Carbon DLS™ process.

The new Resolution Medical Lattice Swab exhibits a conformal lattice design made with Carbon’s Design Engine software. The hollow structure of the lattice was designed initially for specimen collection efficiency, with a geometry that is also flexible to promote functionality and comfort for patients.

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Resolution Medical swabs

3D Printed Face Shields

Carbon has collaborated with partners to design a PPE face shield optimized for Carbon DLS™ that can be produced and assembled quickly. Stanford and Kaiser hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area have provided guidance and feedback on these face shields and Carbon will continue fulfilling requests from hospitals and healthcare providers as best we can.

Face shields side by side

Find a Producer of Shields

Carbon’s network of partners helped meet the critical need of face shields for hospitals and care providers.

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Face Shield FAQs

Produce Face Shields

To quickly scale production of these face shields around the globe, Carbon is making our designs and production instructions open source so that other additive manufacturers around the world can help produce face shields for their local areas.

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Production Instructions

Production Equipment Requirements

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Lattice Engine Software

Lattice samples

Carbon engineers using our Lattice Engine software have played a key role in the design of face shields and test swabs. 3D printed lattice structures can dramatically reduce material usage, speed print times, and improve comfort and performance for both patients and healthcare workers.

Carbon is making our team of lattice design experts with this software available to the COVID-19 response community. If you would like to explore how your COVID-19 project could be improved with the addition of a lattice structure, please send your design request to and include your or STL or STEP design file with a brief description of your project and desired characteristics.

Given the current crisis, designs produced with Carbon’s Design Engine will not be specifically restricted to Carbon DLS™ printing process and may be designed for printing on any platform in any material. In order to manage resources available during this crisis, we may need to prioritize applications. All requests are subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this document.

Other Application Needs

This crisis—its scale and its severity—has taken us and the world by surprise. If anyone needs free help designing, engineering, or producing polymeric parts that will be useful in helping address needs during this crisis, please email us. Carbon is committed to helping out in every way we can to combat this pandemic.

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