HP and its global digital manufacturing community have mobilised their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts to hospitals worldwide to assist in the battle against the covid-19 pandemic.
They have delivered more than 1000 3D printed parts to hospitals worldwide and HP’s 3D research and development centres in Spain, Oregon, California and Washington have collaborated with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production of products to meet urgent needs.
Initial applications in the process of validation for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts.
Some of the first applications hands-free door openers, mask adjusters and face shields, while applications in the testing and validation phase, which are expected to begin production soon, include field ventilators and FFP3 face masks.
HP is also coordinating with government, health, and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronised and effective approach.
Enrique Lores, president and chief executive officer at HP, says, “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.
“Our deepest appreciation goes to our employees, partners, customers, and members of our community for their tireless efforts to support the medical professionals making a difference on the front lines. The company has opened up support to the global community to order parts via a request form online.”
HP and its partners will also make the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available at on its website for download.
The company says 3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against covid-19 can contribute new applications and ideas at its website.