2nd October 2020

COVID-19 and 3D Printing


At Vivio, The Ministry of Technocracy has delved into the different ways tech has adapted in the current climate we live in. Last up in our mini blog-series we look at COVID-19 and 3D printing.

Thanks for joining us everyday this week as we looked into various ways technology has adapted since COVID-19 changed the way we live and work.

Kieran Proctor Junior Developer

Most people would think that 3D printing is a relatively new development, however, it’s actually been around since the 1980’s! Back then it was known as ‘rapid prototyping technology’.

Fast forward 40 odd years and 3D printing has been at the forefront of providing ventilator valves, mask connectors, face shields and even respirators to help with the fight against COVID-19.

3D printing is also being used to provide COVID training and visualisation to healthcare workers who aren’t necessarily fully trained yet. It has even been used print self-isolation dwellings – a relatively quick and cost-effective method as they aren’t that labour-intensive to produce to help reduce the spread of the virus.

As there are a plethora of 3D templates now available, federal agencies and government authorities have implemented regulations and issued guidelines that manufacturers of 3D-printed medical devices must comply with. An international risk classification system was introduced for 3D-printed medical devices, and essential principles of safety and performance now have to be met.

3D printing has changed things for the better as a product can be designed and developed a lot quicker than normal and these products can be edited with relative ease to fit new needs.

…and there you have it. The end of our Ministry of Technocracy mini blog series. We talked about the new Apple Watch hand-wash feature, we looked into the NHS track & trace app, we created our own virtual reality avatar, discussed new gesture control gadgets and finished off with 3D printing…

Keep your eyes peeled for more tech news in the coming months!

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