Manufacturing: Producing, design, delivering, helping during COVID-19

Manufacturing: Producing, design, delivering, helping during COVID-19

Manufacturers around the globe are offering their services to help in the battle against COVID-19.

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Below is an continually updated list of establishments offering manufacturing capacity, capabilities, materials, expertise, research, and more as well as establishments looking to help with all they have available. If you want your establishment to be listed send your information to emodic@gie.net.

The novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is having a direct and indirect impact on the design and manufacture of medical device, equipment, and implants. Medical manufacturers are being tasked with ramping up production to help address the pandemic. With your help we can assess what impact the virus may have had and share the results back to help everyone navigate these uncertain times. Please click here and take two minutes to answer a couple of questions.

 

Southco Inc. COVID-19 statement
As the global impact of the COVID-19 continues to be felt around the world, Southco is constantly monitoring and adapting to the changing situation. In all that we do, the health and safety of our people, customers, and the greater community is our first priority.

Southco components are an integral part in essential industries including medical equipment. We strive to support the medical industry, while maintaining compliance with all orders passed by applicable jurisdictions regarding business continuity and operation.

Southco remains open to support critical components to critical manufacturers around the world. All eleven Southco global manufacturing facilities remain in operation, including our facilities in Pennsylvania and New York.

We are supporting the ramp up with a wide range of products to supply the major OEMs manufacturing ventilators, blood analyzers and other vital medical equipment to meet COVID-19 demand. We are responding to manufacturer requests by expediting the production of over 30,000 of our engineered display mount arms to meet medical equipment assembly needs throughout the world.

Our Concordville, PA, Honeoye Falls, NY, and Worcester, UK, facilities are leveraging our 3D printing capabilities to manufacture PPE (personal protective equipment) headbands and face shields for local hospitals and healthcare centers. We take pride in the contribution that our people make by providing components for medical professionals and front facing personnel in the medical industry and beyond.

 

 

VentConnect online platform to scale production, distribution of ventilators
New portal developed with the Aerospace Industries Association and Google connects ventilator component suppliers with manufacturers.

As part of the medical technology industry’s multi-front battle to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) announced the launch of VentConnect, a new platform to connect ventilator companies with component suppliers to help quickly scale production and distribution of these vital devices.

The platform was developed pro bono with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Google, and other industry alliances and partners. AIA represents more than 300 high-tech manufacturers and suppliers of all sizes across a range of sectors. AdvaMed is the world’s largest medical technology association, representing more than 400 companies, including ventilator manufacturers. In addition to AIA members, more than 50 companies – such as Stanley Black & Decker, and Arrow Electronics – from a range of industries are contributing as suppliers to VentConnect.


Open for business, facilities deemed essential during COVID-19
Edgewater Automation
designs and builds automation equipment for a large variety of industries including medical and pharmaceutical. All facilities in Michigan and South Carolina are deemed essential manufacturing and are ready to help companies move quickly from concept to machine build. Edgewater Automation's team has responded to customers’ needs during these uncharted times. To eliminate the need to travel the company has added advanced capabilities to provide virtual factory acceptance testing. Using video conferencing paired with 4K smart glasses and 4K cameras controlled remotely by the customer, we can now show systems running with full visual clarity for approval before shipment. Edgewater Automation has extensive fabrication capabilities including 3D printing, enabling quick response to produce large quantities of face shields for local law enforcement and numerous other facilities. Contact us today at sales@edgewaterautomation.com

 

MW Industries manufactures metal components that play critical role in the fight against COVID-19

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to challenge business operations across the country, MW Industries Inc. remains open at all locations to support the needs of its clients.

MW's Tri-Star Industries location, in Berlin, CT, manufacturer of precision threaded inserts for plastic applications, has stepped up production to meet overwhelming demand, in support of a number of ventilator applications. Tri-Star is fulfilling orders from the largest ventilator manufacturers in the world, producing both off-the-shelf inserts, as well as manufactured to spec parts. 

RAF Electronic Hardware, in Seymour, CT, has been a key supplier of precision metal fasteners and components for medical equipment manufacturers worldwide, including critical applications in ventilators, air filtration and medical imaging systems. To meet increased demand, RAF has been able to design, manufacture and ship parts in a matter of days to keep production lines up and running for some of the largest medical manufacturers in the world.

With the world's largest inventory of stock springs, Century Spring Corporation, in Commerce, CA, has been an ideal spring source for both ventilator R&D and production volumes. With inventories to ship same-day, Century has been supporting dozens of medical OEM and contract manufactures in their initiatives to quickly scale production of ventilators. Century's stock of stainless-steel compression springs, in particular, has seen high demand in support of this effort.

Those who were looking to make "the impossible…possible" turned to Servometer, in Cedar Grove, NJ, to manufacture several bellows used in critical ventilator applications. Servometer's electroforming technology developments have been helping customers create extremely accurate and reliable devices since 1957.

At Economy Spring & Stamping, in Southington, CT, a team of engineers were able to utilize additive manufacturing to answer a local call for help. Early in the pandemic, they addressed a shortage of PPE masks at a Connecticut hospital, delivering the first batch of 3-D printed masks in under a week.

 

The Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 has been helping manufacturers retool and repurpose to help fill the significant need for PPE. Hundreds of companies have retooled to manufacture a variety of PPE. As a result, the Ohio Emergency PPE Makers’ Exchange has been established, primarily for smaller volume purchases of PPE from retooled or repurposed manufacturers.

Ohio is currently requiring face coverings to stay open.  To be sure that our manufacturers are able to stay safe with PPE, MAGNET, the Ohio Manufacturers' Association, and Ohio MEP, have been working to create locally-made stockpiles of cotton face masks and plastic face shields for Ohio manufacturers to purchase to use where appropriate in regard to industrial safety protocols. This purchasing opportunity is in addition to purchasing on the Makers’ Exchange.

 

Ohio's Govenor DeWine asks manufacturers to see how they can help with the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 – Repurposing and Retooling to make PPE.

 

Tessy Plastics partners with Onondaga County to fight COVID-19
Tessy Plastics Corp. is manufacturing face shields in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the shortage of personal protective equipment, Tessy Plastics has been prototyping a variety of products related to the testing and treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tessy took the initiative to invest in the injection molds necessary to produce the face shields and has partnered with Onondaga County on this effort.

“We are dedicating our engineering and manufacturing resources to get these face shields into market as quickly as possible. I am excited our team has been able to develop this product to support our local community,” says Roland Beck, president and owner.

The face shield is a three-piece assembly that is comprised of a headband, visor, and shield. The product is used to protect the facial area and associated membranes from splashes, sprays, and spatter of body fluids.

“Initially, we 3D printed the prototype and modified the design for injection molding capability, functionality, and comfort. The face shield is engineered to minimize the ability for particles to be exposed to a person’s face. It is a one size fits all and can be sanitized for medical use. Each face shield will be shipped as a separate component for quick assembly in the field. This approach allows us to reduce our time to market and increase the volume as needed,” says Stafford Frearson, vice president of engineering.


America Makes has created an online repository, https://www.americamakes.us/statement-on-covid-19/, that is collecting capabilities and needs information across the country, as well as 3D print designs that can be submitted and placed on the fast track for review by the FDA, VA and NIH. This provides a central location for all of the amazing innovation across the additive manufacturing industry as well as provide confidence that the designs being produced have been reviewed and are appropriate for a medical setting. 
 

 

FluidFormingAmericas is ready to partner with manufacturers of precision medical equipment to help meet the growing demand for urgent medical devices. FluidForming can move from prototyping to production within days. With a 99.996% accuracy and repeatability rate, the FluidForming precision metal forming process (sheet metal forming and tube forming)  is well-suited to meet the quality demands of the healthcare manufacturing industry. Please contactus!

 

Dassault Systèmes released additional details around their partnership with China’s Central-South Architectural Design Institute (CSADI), which used donated simulation software from Dassault Systèmes to complete construction of Wuhan’s modular Leishenshan Hospital in just 12 days. The project comes as part of several initiatives from Dassault Systèmes focused on reducing the impact and spread of the COVID-19, including the Open COVID-19 Community.

CSADI was also able to use the software to design a ventilation system in a 79,900 sq. ft. hospital that minimized cross-infection in the building as well as any impacts on external communities, crowds and surroundings. Within just a few days, CSADI was able to simulate the spread of the virus through the hospital and the ways that it could be contained, in order to design a ventilation system that optimized containment of the virus.

 

Fictiv announced that hospitals and healthcare providers can begin ordering the protective face shields in batches of up to 10,000 per order at cost for shipment as fast as one (1) day. The company is leveraging its global manufacturing network and a newly designed tool to produce millions of face shields available in the fight against COVID-19.

Fictiv has invested in the upfront tooling costs to make the shields available as quickly and easily as possible to healthcare agencies, service providers, distributors, and even non-healthcare OEMs that are pivoting to support the healthcare industry during this crisis. The pricing will be matched to cost, and additionally, any longer-term profits beyond initial tooling and unit manufacturing costs will be donated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.

The shield is based on open-source face shield designs, similar to the visor recommended by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but is modified with a closed top to be more consistent with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommendations. While many recent face shields have been manufactured using 3D printing, Fictiv’s team of manufacturing experts, including engineers with experience at enterprise medical device companies, has modified the design and set up an injection molding tool to reach production volumes up to 100x greater than 3D printing for a production quantity totaling millions of shields per month.

Healthcare purchasers can request a quote for the face shields in batches of 1,000, 5,000, or 10,000 by filling out the form on this webpage. After placing an order, a Fictiv representative will return a guaranteed quote within one business day. Once purchased, customers can expect products to ship as fast as one business day.

Face shield specifics:

  • The design is based on open-source face shield models, similar to a 3D-printed visor recommended by the NIH;
  • However, the recommended NIH design uses a swept-back headband that adds significant weight and decreased mold-ability;
  • Fictiv has adapted the design to add a closed top, which is more consistent with ANSI standards;
  • This design weighs under 50g and will be made using a material that provides the visor greater flex and comfort for lengthy all-day wear;
  • This design also offers room under the face shield for goggles or larger respirators.


Robert Sires, CEO of American Elite Molding, an injection molding company in Crestview Florida. His company has 18 machines and they are willing to help in any way possible; 203-543-7978.


FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Ozone Disinfection and Decon for Covid PPE and Equipment Reuse
The following was submitted to the FDA-HHS for an Emergency Use Authorization in response to their 7:30 PM request for additional information to my earlier proposal. 

Here is the request submitted 033120 at 8:00PM PT. 
Critical Need – Identify a laboratory that can do covid-2 kill tests. 
If you know of one, please let me know who to contact. We are seeking a virology laboratory to help today. 

Paul Krupin, BA MS JD; 509-531-8390 cell 509-582-5174 landline  Paul@Presari.comCreator of Presari www.presari.com


National Associations of Manufacturers (NAM)

How can you help: The White House inquired about component parts to aid the nation’s COVID-19 response. The National Association of Manufacturers is aiming to quickly collect information about your potential to donate, produce and ship a range of components.

 

GES Sheet Metal Inc. is a manufacturing and installation company, primarily working with metals and steel. We have a large laser machine that can cut small or large parts out of metal, aluminum composite material, etc. we also have a waterjet machine and can also fold parts. We are located in Fontana, CA. Please reach out to one of our principles for additional information David Lee, Johnny Reeves, Joe Butterly, or Michelle Lee at 909-598-3332.
GES Sheet Metal Inc., 14531 Fontlee Lane, Fontana, CA 92335; 909-598-3332
 

 

Harper Engineering is a design and manufacturing company located in Renton, WA, that has been supplying the aerospace industry with complex mechanisms and composite parts for more than 50 years.  In this time of need, we want to help in any way that we can. We are certified to AS9100 Rev D and have numerous CNC multi-axis mills and turning centers. We regularly machine multiple metal and plastic types and grades. We also have newer injection molding machines that could be put to use. Our dedicated staff of assembly mechanics is available for sub-assembly work up through final assembly. For inquiries, please contact our Sales team at 425-255-0414 or at sales@harperengineering.com.


.decimal is a machine shop in Central Florida with capacity in both equipment and personnel available to help in the manufacture of any milled or turned parts needed for production of critical equipment aiding in the current COVID-19 crisis. We are a small business certified in both the medical device and aerospace Industries (ISO13485 and AS9100 Certified) with more than 30 CNC machines from standard mills and lathes to multi-axis mills and lathes. We sell and manufacture several of our own FDA-cleared product lines to serve radiation therapy centers with custom patient-specific devices. Additionally, we are trusted by our aerospace clients to produce products according to their designs and specifications, including flight-critical machined components. 

.decimal has been in operation for over 30 years and has a staff dedicated to the company's core mission of helping patients in need. We are agile and able to easily support 24 hours a day and 7 days a week as needed. We are happy to partner with any company to increase the production of their equipment or products by supplementing and supporting their production. Learn more about .decimal's capabilities.

 

CRP Technology makes its 3D printing technology available to biomedical companies and hospitals. CRP Technology wants to actively contribute to the Coronavirus emergency, and makes its know-how and expertise available to the biomedical sector, doctors, and hospitals.

“The CRP Technology’s Rapid Prototyping Department is equipped to also manufacture small, complex end-use 3D printed components for small batch production, in a very short time", states Franco Cevolini, materials engineer, CTP and VP CRP Technology, who adds: "We are available to rebuild small parts for machines and medical equipment that can save people's lives in this period of crisis."

 

TNT Plastic Molding Inc., (951-808-9700) a plastic injection molding manufacturing company in Corona, CA, is ready to assist where needed to combat this Covid-19 virus. We are willing to assist in any way needed for the healthcare industry if there are items needed that require manufacturing. We currently are manufacturing for the medical industry now and can operate with clean rooms if needed. Our staff has been educated in safe manufacturing practices and we have implemented safe cleaning procedures as well for our staff. TNT Plastic Molding specializes in the following areas:

High Volume Specialists
Specialist in recycled resins and customer supplied resins (complete week material audits)
38 presses, 9 tons to 1,500 tons
24/7 operation
Full secondary assemblies and decorating
Insert and over molding expertise
Full tool shop on premises
Robotics high volume production
We scale to our customer needs with capital equipment
120,000ft2 facility
6 Joint Venture tooling plants Overseas
Ability to design and expedite product launch
Able to deliver daily with TNT fleet of trucks

 

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened a funding opportunity for rapid, high-impact projects that support the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using funds appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, NIST will award these grants through the NIST Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program with no requirements for cost matching.

Funding will be awarded to eligible Manufacturing USA institutes, a network of 14 public-private partnerships that work with academic and private sector manufacturing organizations on research and development and manufacturing skills training. Each institute focuses on a particular advanced manufacturing specialty such as biofabrication, 3D manufacturing or advanced functional fabrics.

Complete award details, including eligibility requirements, are available on grants.gov. Additional information on Manufacturing USA and the Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program, including informational webinars, may be found at www.ManufacturingUSA.com.


Xometry knows that as COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, there is a growing need for supplies to protect medical workers and first responders as well as parts for ventilators and diagnostic devices. Many of these devices (or parts for them) can be 3D printed, molded, or machined. With a network of over 4,000 manufacturing facilities around the world, Xometry stands ready to help make the supplies that are so desperately needed. Xometry has established a COVID-19 page including open-source files for download and a form for those in the medical industry to fill out to reach our team.

 

Bosch Rexroth Corporation
Bosch Rexroth is available to help companies right now that must rapidly move from prototype to full production or ramp up existing assembly operations to meet extremely urgent needs.

The company offers linear motion, automation and assembly technology that can be used to build new, in-demand machines or systems, as well as modular, easy-to-assemble workstations and powered conveyor systems that are ready to integrate into production operations.

Applications include: aluminum structural framing to help with medical equipment assembly and ventilator hoods; workstations, carts and flow racks for manual assembly production lines; modular conveyor systems to link work cells; linear motion technology such as stainless steel miniature ball rails and ball screws for lab and diagnostic machines; and complete Cartesian motion systems for automated fluid handling systems.

In addition, the company can provide lean manufacturing expertise and guidance on choosing the right mix of automation and manual assembly technology to help manufacturers increase throughput without generating waste. For more information and assistance please contact us!

 

Stop the Spread (STS) is a coalition of volunteer CEOs working to unlock the collective potential of US businesses to catalyze action and bolster the public sector in response to COVID-19.

The healthcare system needs our help to rapidly increase COVID-19 support and recovery around the US. We would love to hear from you if you believe your company can help support these efforts and #StopTheSpread

 

Medtronic plc is publicly sharing the design specifications for the Puritan Bennett 560 (PB 560) to enable participants across industries to evaluate options for rapid ventilator manufacturing to help doctors and patients dealing with COVID-19. This decision is consistent with the recent FDA Guidance and in accordance with the public health and medical response of governmental agencies globally.

 

In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America Makes launched the next phase of the COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository, where additive manufacturers can upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

 

Resources for understanding Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) Guide
  • America Makes web site for details about how NCDMM is bringing the manufacturing community together to address the health care needs of our nation.
  • MAGNET on the CARES Act may help pay for 8 weeks of payroll, rent, utilities and more.
  • Rev1 launched a microsite dedicated solely to resources, tools, and tips to help startups remain strong during these challenging times.

 

3D Hubs has ways all can help: They are calling on all engineers/makers/inventors who are designing parts for critical medical equipment related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two ways to help:

I'm looking to produce COVID-19 related parts at scale, fast

Apply to the COVID-19 Manufacturing Fund and send us your parto get the funding. 

I want to donate to make critical medical equipment accessible

Donate via the GoFundMe page. 3D Hubs donates all of its profits from COVID-19 related orders back into this fund.

 

Oelheld is open for business: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, we at oelheld are committed to doing our part to help contain the virus. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our customers, employees, as well as our neighbors, families and friends. We are very serious about doing everything in our power to flatten the curve. At this time, we have not encountered issues on COVID-19 that impact our ability to supply in North America. We actively monitor and evaluate the situation and we are taking active steps to prevent and minimize any disruptions for our customers. We are closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are practicing social distancing and are operating on an office rotation to reduce the on-site staff and have employees working from home when possible, who have full access to our systems.

Office hours will continue to be Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm CST: Phone: +1-847-531-8501

Sales department: Fully available: Phone: +1-847-531-8501; Fax: +1-847-531-8511; E-mail order: orders-us@oelheld.com; E-mail sales: sales-us@oelheld.com

Vomat Filtration: Technicians are working remotely and are available for you: Phone: +1-847-977-6291; E-mail service: vomat.service@oelheld.com

Office staff: Most of our office staff is working remotely and have full access to our system: E-mail accounting: accounting-us@oelheld.com; E-mail shipping: shipping-us@oelheld.com

 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic – companies reach out to help produce necessary medical supplies, people shelter in place state-by-state, and healthcare systems are being pushed beyond limits – of course price gouging occurs.

3M, working overtime to increase production of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies sent a letter from 3M Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Roman to William Barr, attorney general of the United States; Larry Hogan, governor of Maryland and chair of the National Governors Association; and Tim Fox, attorney general of Montana and president of the National Association of Attorneys General, highlighting 3M's actions to curb counterfeiting and price gouging of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter also urges federal and state governments and law enforcement officials to continue to lead the fight, with 3M’s support and assistance, against those who are exploiting the crisis by marketing counterfeit products or gouging the public.

So while sad, yet typical of people taking advantage during times of crises – a pandemic – many, like 3M are open and helping keep manufacturing going across medical and other industries.

 

Haimer USA, assures all their product pipeline continues to be filled from Germany and they have a large inventory at its North American Headquarters. Haimer is able to maintain normal operations and provide the same order fulfillment as before. Reach out to us at haimer@haimer-usa.com or call 630-833-1500.

Titan Robotics is working with local health professionals to be of assistance in any way in the wake of protective equipment shortages while also continuing to provide crucial services to industrial customers with its in-house 3D printing capabilities and team of experts.

 

GMN USA, maintaining a safe and secure environment for employees and their families while continuing to support our customer's needs, remains open with all commercial activities in place.

 

BIG KAISER is open for business, maintaining and shipping inventory essential to OEMs and manufacturers throughout the United States, providing high-precision tooling, measuring systems, and applications support for a range of critical industries including those companies producing life-saving medical and surgical equipment and supplies. They will continue to answer questions, take calls, and ship orders. 224-770-2999 or emailTMSSalesMarketing

 

Okuma America Corp.’s President and COO, Jim King, lets all know they are open for business. King said, “While many companies are operating with altered work schedules and environments, some unique opportunities may exist for your employees to engage in activities such as equipment maintenance and continuous learning. To aid in this process, we have compiled select resources which are immediately available to you and your employees."

The Okuma Knowledge Center includes helpful information, such as:

 

Zeiss Industrial Metrology is up and running, letting everyone know that they are following the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all relevant authorities for country-specific requirements to ensure the actions we take are comprehensive and suitable. Zeiss support and services continue as normal for our customers. Zeiss has engaged its Business Continuity Plan. This plan, which includes remote work for staff, is designed to support the safety and security of our employees while still providing support in the safest manner possible to our valued customers. We are prepared to continue our daily operations, therefore anticipate no interruptions to customer service and support.

 

Fanuc is available and also offer the option is to use the FANUC Online Portal. In its online portal, users have the ability to order parts, search manuals, and get easy access to other helpful troubleshooting assistance.

 

Vesconite willing to manufacture ventilators - Last week, Vesconite sent 25,000 emails to customers and contacts throughout the world asking whether any had experience in making ventilators.

With no expertise in this technology but, with 70 CNC lathes and machining centers, and injection-molding and mold-making departments, and a desire to assist those who may require ventilators, the company received several favorable replies.

Among these are the recommendation that companies come together to produce a current design if a manufacturer makes their drawings available, or licenses them for use over this critical time.

Alternatively, it was proposed to manufacture a traditional design, the Manley Ventilator, which is a simple and robust mechanical device that the company may be able to reverse engineer if it can find a unit in working order.

"If you have ventilator expertise or know a company that does have the expertise, we would like to hear from you,” says CEO Dr Jean-Patrick Leger.

The coronavirus is likely to result in a need for hundreds of thousands of ventilators worldwide: data shows 5% to 10% of people infected need to be supported on ventilators for two to three weeks.

"We know nothing about making ventilators, but we can help,” Leger says. “If you have ventilator expertise, please email tanya@vesconite.com and join with us so that together we can manufacture the thousands of ventilators that may be needed.”

 

Below is from March 24, 2020 and earlier 

Nanofabrica, manufacturer of 3D printers for precision engineering, invites researchers, doctors, and manufacturers to harness its manufacturing capabilities to develop COVID19 related medical devices and solutions. The company will host a virtual roundtable on Wednesday, March 25, at 16:00 GMT+2 and invites all interested parties to join a brain storming session on how we can use our manufacturing capabilities (3D printing with 1 micron resolution over cm sized volume) to fight COVID 19 together.

Possible applications are smart filters for microfluidic chips, anti-bacterial surfaces, complex and precise structures and soft molds for fast injection molding. Link to event: https://zoom.us/j/324801539

If you are unable to make it for the virtual session, please send an email with all relevant questions and details to tovit@nano-fabrica.com and we will reply as soon as possible.

 

HP Inc. and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 1,000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals. HP’s 3D R&D centers in Barcelona, Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington are collaborating with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production to meet the most urgent needs.  Initial applications being validated and finalized for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts. HP is also coordinating with government, health, and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronized and effective approach.

HP’s global network of manufacturing partners is working to ensure that the 3D printed parts are available in any region around the world.
Some of the first applications being validated and produced include:

  • Hands-Free Door Opener
  • Mask Adjuster
  • Face Shields

Many more applications are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to begin production soon, including:

  • Field Ventilator
  • FFP3 Face Masks

HP and its partners will be making the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available at this website for download. 
3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against COVID-19 can contribute new applications and ideas at this website.

 

Posted by a member of CSIA is this: In response to the spread of COVID-19, Outlier Automation joined COVID-19 Response LLC - a team of engineers and consultants working together to provide critical supplies to our communities, starting with hand sanitizer.

The products produced will be sold close to cost, with profits reinvested to continue production as long as needed. After the pandemic dies down, the LLC will be dissolved and proceeds donated to charities involved in societal and economic rebuilding.

Our supply chain is in place, and we need pre-orders to fund our first run. We are pricing at $2.50 per 4 oz bottle of hand sanitizer, with a minimum order quantity of 1,000 units.

Please contact StopCorona@Sandymount.com or info@outlierautomation.com to place an order or support our cause by donating or lending.

Learn more by downloading the following flyers:

 

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) wants to ensure critical research and development programs can continue. To accomplish this, BIO created the Coronavirus Hub to connect companies with capacity and resources with those that need them. This new hub will enable users to post requests for urgently needed items and announce the availability of supplies and capacity. The portal connects in real-time through customized and searchable postings.

 

Healthcare Ready (formerly RxResponse), is an independent non-profit that serves as a convener of public and private sector partners to strengthen healthcare systems before, during, and after disasters.  Healthcare Ready is gathering information from organizations, including information on the current demands of pharmaceuticals and personal protective equipment (PPE). To respond to their survey on supply chain issues, click here.  Alerts@HealthcareReady.Org or 866-247-2694

 

Airwolf 3D’s Southern California headquarters remains open and is offering essential services and technical support for the following:

  • 3D printing respirator valves
  • Mass additive manufacturing of custom medical components
  • Materials and 3D printing filament (ABSPolycarbonate, and TPU)
  • Existing users of our FDA approved 3d printer

Ready to 3D print valves and other components at a moment’s notice. Urge medical personnel to continue to reach out if anything is needed. Requests for assistance should be directed to: covidmedicalemergency@airwolf3d.com.

 

BCN3D is helping all innovators and its 3D printers are available for scientifically, medical and health validated projects to fight Covid19 in Spain, Europe and all around the world. BCN3D is offering their own printfarm, composed by a total of 63 machines (FFF technology 3Dprinters: Sigma, Sigmax, and BCN3D Epsilon), to be used for those projects that can contribute the most to the public benefit in these hard times. Get in touch with us at covid19help@bcn3d.com.

 

Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) announced a collaboration that addresses the severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for protecting the nation’s hospital workers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative provides, free-of-charge, the designs, with necessary regulatory guidance, for any Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant manufacturing facility to use in the production and distribution of face shields to healthcare workers.

The initiative is a collaboration between GCMI; Dr. Joanna Newton, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Aflac Center and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center; and a team of scientists and researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and its Invention Studio.

 

Web Industries Inc., a precision converter and contract manufacturing organization (CMO), allocates production capacity at its Holliston, Massachusetts plant to support developers of COVID-19 lateral flow immunoassay (LFI) diagnostic tests. LFI tests are one type of diagnostic device under research and development as public health leaders seek solutions to efficiently test large numbers of people for COVID-19.

Web’s Lateral Flow Diagnostic Center of Excellence offers the following CMO services:

  • Automated reel-to-reel medical device production
  • In-house biochemistry lab
  • Reagent deposition
  • LFI strip manufacturing
  • Device assembly and packaging

 

ASG Jergens Inc. is implementing an order priority initiative for all medical device manufacturers. 

  • In an effort to prioritize support for customers in the medical device and healthcare product fields, effective immediately ASG Division of Jergens Inc. will expedite orders to those qualifying customers to the best of our ability. 
  • ASG is committed to shipping these orders same-day if product can be made available. If product isn’t immediately available we will be dedicating all available resources to producing the required items as soon as possible for shipment which should reduce lead times to the order of days. 
  • ASG asks that our customers, distribution partners and sales team contact ASG Customer Service with any qualifying order information and Point of Sale information to properly qualify those orders already in queue for expediting, and to identify future orders in the same manner. ASG can be contacted at 888-486-6163 or via email asginfo@asg-jergens.com.
  • Free next day air delivery on qualifying orders.
  • Waiver of all expedite fees normally associated with expedited orders.

 

Ultimaker is making its global network of 3D printing hubs, experts, and designers directly available to hospitals in need of tools and applications that are short in supply and can be quickly produced with 3D printing.

Connect and Print: Hospitals that face acute shortages of critical parts and that have approved 3D print designs and material specifications already available can directly connect with 3D printing experts nearby to send their 3D print requests to be printed. Ultimaker makes in-house 3D printing capacity available as well. A continuously updated map shows which 3D printing hubs are available nearby.

Design, Check, and Print: If a hospital needs help designing parts and tools that run out and are now in limited supply, Ultimaker is making a team of highly motivated designers and application engineers available to support in designing and creating the desired part. This part is printed by the nearest 3D print hub and sent to the hospital as soon as possible. After testing and receiving approval of the hospital, the part is available for further 3D printed production.

 

Tooling Tech Group asked our help to get the message out that they have capacity and will make priority any projects that can help alleviate the Covid-19 crisis, including any die, molds, tryout, stampings, and automated assembly.

 

OxVent – A collaboration for COVID-19 ventilation – is made up of engineers, anaesthetists and surgeons from the University of Oxford and King’s College London are building and testing prototypes that can be manufactured using techniques and tools available in well-equipped university and small and medium enterprise (SME) workshops.

 

Excellerate Manufacturing is building emergency deployable medical units to assist the nation in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Excellerate’s Emergency Deployable Medical Units provide hospitals with much-needed additional space to help with hospital overflow capacity. The mobile units can be deployed and are available for ordering now across the United States.

 

Fathom is connecting industrial 3D printing manufacturing to help the medical community. In times of need, advanced manufacturing and 3D printing companies pull together to solve unique challenges. The current pandemic of COVID-19 has once again brought this community together to leverage our expertise and technologies to design and manufacturer much-needed supplies for the medical community.

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is leveraging the power of flexible manufacturing to rapidly construct a supply chain around PPE production. Our project is supported by government, academia, and industry. With the recent activation of the Defense Production Act, an index of manufacturing capacity is both timely and necessary in order to move with the agility the situation requires. If you are a US-based manufacturing entity, please complete the form here: https://lnkd.in/eZ9P6nb – it is specific to the Commonwealth of MA, but your submission will be circulated with other bodies to help coordinate efforts, so please complete this even if you are not based in Massachusetts.

 

SEAMS announced this week, a program to provide open capacity to help manufacturers in need where their own factories were closed or could not meet production requirements. The program had an overwhelming response from members and non-members willing to pitch in and support the industry as a whole. The US government and Healthcare Industry are looking for assistance to produce necessary medical products and once again the association stands ready to leverage a strong network to assist.

If you are looking for suppliers for the following list of products or would like to join with your own resources during this pandemic, SEAMS would like to hear from you. Please contact them via email at nkinder@seams.org or call 803.642.1111.

List of PPE products SEAMS members can supply:

  • N95 Face Masks
  • Surgical Masks
  • Surgical Gowns
  • Scrub Suits/Gowns
  • Coveralls/Apron
  • Disposable Head Cover/Hats/Caps
  • Disposable Shoe Covers
  • Cloth Washable Masks
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Hospital Linens
  • Tents

 

CRP Technology wants to actively contribute to the Coronavirus emergency and makes its 3D printing know-how and expertise available to the biomedical sector, doctors and hospitals. “The CRP Technology’s Rapid Prototyping Department is equipped to also manufacture small, complex end-use 3D printed components for small batch production, in a very short time", states Franco Cevolini, materials engineer, CTP and VP CRP Technology, who adds: "We are available to rebuild small parts for machines and medical equipment that can save people's lives in this period of crisis.”

 

Disc Makers, one of the country’s largest manufacturers of CDs, DVDs, USBs, and other physical media has quickly pivoted to making protective face shields for medical testing and other uses. Disc Makers’ face shields will be assembled and packaged in its Pennsauken, NJ, facility. The company expects to rapidly evolve its product design and selection based on market feedback and demand.

 

Luvu Brands Inc. designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a portfolio of consumer lifestyle brands, is rebooting its operations to help combat the critical shortage of personal protective masks that faces hospitals, health care workers and consumers. Louis Friedman, founder and CEO, hopes the company can produce 100,000 masks weekly.

 

Larson Electronics has N95 available at many quantities. These masks have a 95% filter efficiency rate and offer protection against the corona virus, bacteria and dust. For best results, the disposable masks should be put on with clean hands. Individuals should also avoid touching the front of the mask and getting it wet (according to the World Health Organization). For general disinfection of surfaces, devices and equipment, we offer individual hand sanitizer wipes.

 

Life Spine, a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spinal disorders, announced today that in partnership with Gizmo Medical they are currently working on a production quantity of surgical masks and gowns and identifying ways to scale other medical equipment to meet the growing and urgent demand in the United States.

 

ResMed's CEO Mick Farrell statment regarding the evolving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak: “ResMed is taking every measure possible worldwide to maximize the production of ventilators, masks, and other respiratory devices. We are looking to double or triple the output of ventilators, and scale up ventilation mask production more than tenfold. Our team is also taking precautions such as a work-from-home policy for all employees who can do that, social distancing, and ensuring world-class quality, safety, good manufacturing practices, and top-level hygiene procedures at our manufacturing, service, and distribution centers to help ensure quality, safety, and business continuity.

 

Vapotherm Inc. has seen significant increase in demand for Vapotherm Precision Flow systems and single-use disposables as a result of COVID-19. The company has been working to materially increase production capacity in its facility in New Hampshire, while ensuring the safety of employees at all times. Vapotherm has increased the number of production shifts and has identified additional opportunities to further increase manufacturing capacity in an effort to keep up with growing demand. This increased production is putting pressure on our supply chain and the company is working with policy makers and suppliers to increase availability of critical parts to support production at these higher levels.

 

America Makes is actively working on creating a central repository of partners that are ready and willing to assist in this time of crisis. We are collecting their capabilities and capacities so the needs on the front lines can be met effectively and with safe, quality products. We are proud of the incredible innovation that we have seen throughout the industry and will have more information shortly about how to ensure that innovation is meeting the direct needs of America’s health care workers.

 

Sparkling Earth Headwear & Accessories, a small local woman owned business that supplies cotton and disposable medical caps and surgical caps to doctors and nurses has been working in overdrive to keep these critical personal protection items flowing to medical professionals globally. The company which has been operating since 1991, has been struggling to keep up with the recent demand created by the novel Coronavirus.

 

ZOLL Medical Corp., an Asahi Kasei Group company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, is taking aggressive steps to increase manufacturing capacity to 10,000 ventilators per month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This represents almost a 25-fold expansion from recent production volumes. The company has reached out to its supply base, most of which is in the United States, to enlist their support in meeting this demand.

 

Yates Electrospace Corp. announced the launch of a civilian subsidiary, AVIUS Air Delivery, to provide immediate air response for humanitarian relief efforts, natural disasters and pandemics such as the current COVID-19 crisis, based on the technology of their successful 1-ton, military resupply glider Silent Arrow.

Silent Arrow's tightly integrated packaging with its unique spring-deployed wing system transported inside the fuselage, 40-mile standoff distance and low unit cost has received enthusiastic reception from U.S. and foreign militaries and is now being launched as AVIUS Air Delivery to directly serve humanitarian and disaster relief needs throughout the world.

The AVIUS Air Delivery launch product, known as the Mercy-2000, is a single-use, low-cost, autonomous cargo delivery glider, deployed from fixed wing aircraft or helicopter sling load, optimized to immediately transport up to 1,600 pounds of supply, or 26 cubic feet, depending on the commodity being delivered.

 

Georgia Tech Community COVID-19 Response – Do-It-Yourself Medical Devices and Protective Gear Fuel Battle Against COVID-19: The unprecedented and rapid worldwide spread of COVID-19 has created an urgent situation, and the Georgia Tech community is responding. This page is a work in progress which describes some of the efforts that are underway. Georgia Tech will continue working to support the health and well-being of our campus community, the City of Atlanta, and the State of Georgia.

 

PVA, a global supplier of robotic manufacturing and dispensing equipment servicing the electronics, medical device, telecommunications, semiconductor, and defense industries, has created a low-cost mixing dispensing system to help manufacturers in producing more hand sanitizer.

PVA has been providing automated solutions to manufacturers providing COVID-19 testing kits. It wants to do more in the global fight against COVID-19 and is skilled and prepared to do so. PVA has offered to be of service to New York State or third-party entities with the following products and services: • Liquid hand sanitizer manufacturing equipment • Ventilators • COVID-19 test kit robotic dispensers • Sheet metal fabrication and welding • CNC machined parts • 3D printed medical devices • Mechanical product assembly • Electronic assembly

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers are working with Madison-area manufacturers on medical face shields for healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients.

A first batch of face shields has been created for UW Hospital, with plans to deliver samples to other local hospitals for feedback. The group also has published its design as open source — which can be seen here. — and it is already be replicated by others across the world.

The medical face shields, which are key pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), come from a design consulting firm Delve, and campus colleagues, according to a release on Monday.

The group has built prototypes and launched a website. where it’s encouraging healthcare facilities, manufacturers and donors to fill out an intake form to help assess need and build more connections while production capacity is rapidly expanded.

 

Minneapolis-based USofCare worked with U.S. Digital Response Team to launch Project N95, a platform that connects healthcare providers who need access to PPE with manufacturers who can meet demand.

 

Protolabs currently has 14 molding presses loaded with ventilator parts with thousands of parts already completed and ready to go to our customer for final assembly and distribution to hospitals.

 

Carbon is helping with. Attached are pictures of a face shield and swabs we are 3D printing. Please let us know if you need help with face shields, swabs, etc!

 

Formlabs is working with a leading Boston-based hospital and several others around the country to 3D print swabs used for COVID-19 testing.

 

Due to shortages, UM Makerspace has have assembled a team from the UW HospitalUW MakerspaceDelve and Midwest Prototyping to design a medical face shield shown in the images above. The design is based on shields currently used in hospitals (here) using very economic materials and scalable, advanced manufacturing processes. 

 

EWI is actively working with a number of manufacturers to produce surgical masks in response to COVID-19 and the shortage of personal protective equipment for medical professionals. The masks can be 3D-printed immediately using EWI’s additive manufacturing capabilities and alternative materials.


Westfall Technik: Amidst the current crisis, the company’s mission remains steadfast as they continue to provide capabilities and services within the vertical markets they serve. They are addressing the production and assembly manufacturing of critical components for testing and treating of COVID-19.

Need for Speed: Ranging from prototype to production, from intricate micro-mold to large cavitation builds, Westfall Technik can expedite mold production and (depending on mold complexity) be in production in as little as 6 weeks.

The company can have working parts (made from any resin) within weeks, or even days, in some instances. Additional critical services include kitting, packing and clean room assembly of medical devices, disposables and supplies.

 

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