Page last updated: Wednesday, 08-Apr-2020 23:07:50 UTC
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 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 Carbon™ Technology.
The new Resolution Medical Lattice Swab exhibits a conformal lattice design made with Carbon’s Lattice 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.
3D Printed Face Shields
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.
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 email@example.com 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.