Page last updated: Monday, 30-Mar-2020 05:34:09 UMT
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers around the world are facing an acute shortage of critical medical safety and testing equipment. Carbon is responding rapidly with government leaders and its global Carbon network of customers and partners to help meet this unprecedented demand, specifically by designing, validating, and producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) face shields and patient sampling swabs. Carbon will be updating this page regularly as new information becomes available.
3D Printed Face Shield
Carbon has collaborated with partners to design a PPE face shield optimized for DLS™ technology that can be produced and assembled quickly. Stanford and Kaiser Hospitals in the Bay Area have provided great feedback on these face shields and Carbon will continue fulfilling requests from hospitals and healthcare providers as best we can.
3D Printed Lattice Swabs
Carbon designers are working in partnership with multiple healthcare institutions on helping to increase the COVID-19 testing capacity by developing designs for a 3D printed test swab. Multiple designs are currently undergoing clinical assessment.
Check back here for more information as this project develops.
Lattice Engine Software
Carbon engineers using Carbon’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Lattice Engine will not be specifically restricted to Carbon DLS™ printing technology 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.
To quickly scale up production of face shields, Carbon is making design & production instructions open and available to the public so that other additive manufacturers around the world may help to produce face shields for their local areas. Please note Carbon cannot make warranties with respect to these face shields. The design and instructions are provided on an as is basis. Face shield equipment is subject to the regulations and laws that might apply in your particular geography. Please check with local regulatory authorities.