COVID-19 3D printing response efforts


Adaptiiv & COVID-19

Like everyone facing this new reality, we want to help.

We plan to use this page and our social channels to promote COVID-19 3D printing response efforts along with the expertise of our partners and the companies with whom we collaborate. We’ll share information from regulated health authorities, such as the FDA and Health Canada, to help people understand how to contribute in a safe manner. We’ll also share the stories of our clients who have begun to use their 3D printers to produce supplies in response to COVID-19.

Together, we can ensure that everyone's good intentions have a positive impact on the brave front line healthcare workers we cherish as clients, peers, and loved ones. Thank you to all that have supported the response efforts so far.

- Peter Hickey, CEO

Regulatory Bodies

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
FAQs on 3D Printing of Medical Devices, Accessories, Components, and Parts During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • The FDA continues to take creative and flexible approaches to address access to critical medical products in response to COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for certain medical devices, including personal protective equipment (PPE), may outpace the supply available to health care organizations because of the high demand and overall interruptions to the global supply chain.

    The FDA recognizes that the public may seek to use 3D printing to assist in meeting demand for certain products during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of their effort to protect the public to the extent possible, they have included answers to frequently asked questions for entities who 3D print devices, accessories, components, and/or parts during the COVID-19 emergency.

Health Canada
3D Printing and Other Manufacturing of Personal Protective Equipment in Response to COVID-19
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for certain medical devices, including personal protective equipment (PPE), may exceed the available supply in Canada. Health Canada recognizes that organizations may seek innovative manufacturing approaches to produce PPE for healthcare workers, including 3D printing, to respond to increased demand and overall interruptions to the global supply of these products. These organizations may include those that do not traditionally manufacture PPE, such as research and academic institutions, and other industry sectors.

    While Health Canada supports efforts to increase the availability of PPEs for frontline healthworkers, organizations should be aware that the manufacture of medical devices sold in Canada have technical considerations to ensure that they are safe, effective and of high quality and must meet certain regulatory standards. Health Canada has prepared communication intended to provide information to those intending to 3D print PPE in response to the COVID-19 crisis, in order to ensure that safe, effective, and high quality PPE are produced for Canadian healthcare workers.

3D Printing Industry Leaders

3D Systems, Inc.
Digital Manufacturing and 3D Printing Response
  • 3D Systems is offering its services, and they're looking for their customers and partners to join them in sharing resources to help overcome this pandemic. They are committed to supporting medical device manufacturers with 3D printed components in either plastic or metal materials to help ease supply chain issues for critical care devices such as ventilators and certified face masks.
    This two-piece face shield frame is manufactured with medical grade nylon and can be printed on 3D Systems' Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) ProX 6100 printer. Source: 3D Systems, Inc.

Airwolf 3D
Face Shield 3D Printable File
  • The Airwolf 3D community has been working with medical professionals to evaluate various protective devices. To date, they have not received an endorsement or medical approval for any particular device. However, the general consensus is that face shields are perhaps the most helpful. Airwolf 3D designed a face shield to print easily in ABS or similar materials and assemble quickly with standard 8.5 x 11″ transparencies and elastic bands. You can download the model for free on their website (link above).
    In this video, Erick Wolf from Airwolf 3D demonstrates the assembly of the face shield. Source: Airwolf 3D

America Makes
Fighting COVID-19 with 3D Printing
  • As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. America Makes has joined forces with the FDA, NIH, and VA to be the bridge connecting the need for medical PPE with manufacturers capable of 3D printing safe PPE for medical providers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    In response to a massive PPE shortage due to the COVID-19 crisis, volunteers deliver thousands of volunteer-produced 3D printed face shields, meals, and other supplies to Los Angeles Southbay area hospitals and first responders. Source: America Makes

3D Printing to Support COVID-19 Response
  • Formlabs is dedicated to helping the medical community address the COVID-19 epidemic and associated supply chain shortages with 3D printing technology. They have many customers in the healthcare space already using Formlabs’ products to test applications for COVID-19 related projects, and recently launched the Formlabs Support Network for COVID-19 Response. This is an initiative to match healthcare organizations and providers with Formlabs customers who are willing to use their printers and volunteer their time to help address critical supply chain shortages and other healthcare needs. They are working closely with health systems, government agencies, and their network of over 2,300 volunteers to help design, prototype, and produce parts to be tested and potentially adopted by clinicians.
    Formlabs collaborated with USF Health, Northwell Health, and Tampa General Hospital to successfully produce and test a 3D printed nasal swab to address emergency shortages that hospitals and health care teams may face as testing for COVID-19 increases. Source: Formlabs

HP Inc.
3D Printable Designs
  • Together with their global digital manufacturing community, HP is mobilizing their technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Find an HP 3D printing partner to expedite production of medical supplies, equipment or devices.
    This mask adjuster helps relieve ear pain for hospital staff who need to wear masks for long periods of time. The adjuster was joint designed/optimized by Peak Sport Products Co. and HP based on inputs from doctors and nurses in the field. Source: HP Inc.

3D Printed Hands-Free Door Opener
  • Materialise, a Belgium-based pioneer in 3D printing, has designed a 3D printed door opener that makes it possible to open and close doors with your arm, removing the need for direct contact with door handles. The company is offering the printable design for free and calling upon the global 3D printing community to 3D print the door opener and make it available all around the world.
    Materialise is sharing a free design file for a hands-free 3D-printed door opener. Source: Materialise

Stratasys Ltd.
Face Shield Frame Design
  • Stratasys is responding to the current global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. They are working alongside government officials, partners, customers, and the medical community to connect the right people with the right resources. They are sharing their design files and inviting and encouraging those in the 3D printing community to join them as they work to keep the medical community safe.
    Stratasys has shared what they are doing to produce face shields with 3D-printed visors. Source: Stratasys Ltd.

Client Stories

Here are great examples of the actions our clients are taking to aid the COVID-19 response efforts:

  • Each of the teams at The University of Chicago and Nova Scotia Health Authority have been independently 3D printing tension bands to help frontline healthcare workers alleviate pressure on their ears from wearing surgical masks and other PPE for long periods of time.

    3D printed tension bands prepared by The University of Chicago. Source: UChicago Medicine, Eugenia Perevalova.

    3D printed tension bands prepared by The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). Source: NSHA, Dr. James Robar.

  • The Oncology Institute of Vojvodina has been 3D printing face shields to aid COVID-19 response efforts.

    An in progress view of a 3D printed face shield prepared by The Oncology Institute of Vojvodina. Source: The Oncology Institute of Vojvodina, Ozren Čudić.

COVID-19 and the Role of 3D Printing in Medicine

3D Printing in Medicine
  • The purpose of this Editorial is to highlight recent (as of April 1, 2020) initiatives and collaborations performed by companies, hospitals, and researchers in utilizing 3D printing during the COVID-19 pandemic and to support local 3D printing efforts that can be lifesaving.
    3D printed model of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Source: Tino, R., Moore, R., Antoline, S. et al. COVID-19 and the role of 3D printing in medicine. 3D Print Med 6, 11 (2020).