In Italy, 3D printing fights against coronavirus. And in Ukraine too

Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to rage in Italy: according to recent data, more than 59 thousand people have been infected, more than

5 thousand people died. Doctors lack medical equipment, so 3D printing capabilities came to the rescue.

How was it

Hospital in northern Italy is in short supplyvalves for mechanical ventilation systems, and mechanical ventilation is a key element in the treatment of people with COVID-19 who have severe respiratory complications and need hospitalization. The guys from the Isinnova 3D printing startup found out about this and decided to help doctors. They took a sample and within a few hours returned with a finished prototype.

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It was tested - and the valve turned out to be completelyto the workers. Then the production went in full swing. It takes 1 hour to produce one valve, and its cost is about 1 euro, which is much cheaper than the original valves. Isinnova contacted another 3D printing company and within a day the hospital received 100 new valves.

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Now the startup is ready to provide for freevalves of a hospital in a region. Moreover, they have patented their valve. This initiative is absolutely non-profit: the patent will remain in the public domain, and everyone can take up the manufacture of a valve.

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After that, representatives of Isinnova went further andthey turned the mask for snorkeling (a kind of swimming under the surface of the water with a mask and breathing tube and usually with flippers) using a printed valve into a respirator.

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“This is not a replacement for the pulmonary ventilator,” says"Startup Director Christian Frakassi," but it can be used in emergency rooms, where patients stay for three days waiting for a bed. "

They also patented the invention and put it in the public domain.

What is in Ukraine

Ukrainians also picked up the idea of ​​Italians: Revel Laboratory decided to transfer all of its 3D printers to the production of valves for mechanical ventilation. They have already contacted Isinnova for specifications and a 3D model of the required valves. However, a problem arose.

“It's not as simple as we would like. Valves in Italy solved the problem of only one hospital, since they all had the same apparatus. In Ukraine, there are currently 30+ different models of mechanical ventilation with serial breakdowns from 1995 to 2019, ”said David Stavnitser, co-owner of the company.

Now engineers are looking for a solution to this problem.

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