As coronavirus infections continue to rapidly spread, hospitals around the word are in dire need of mechanical ventilators, which are currently critically under supplied. We developed a solution to deliver oxygen and create high positive pressure without the use of a ventilator by designing a 3D-printed connector that holds together standard medical equipment. It is called the Materialise Passive NIP, with NIP standing for non-invasive PEEP, and is currently being fast tracked through the regulatory process to make it available as soon as possible during this crisis.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the world has looked to 3D printing to provide fast and reliable solutions. However, 3D printing can support communities with much more than just these quick fixes, it also has the ability to develop solutions that can have a hand in improving healthcare for years to come.
Seit einiger Zeit ist 3D-Druck in vielen Wirtschaftsbereichen pr?sent, und in der Gesundheitsbranche wird er seit mehreren Jahren mit Ums?tzen von mehr als einer Milliarde weltweit gewinnbringend eingesetzt. Hier bei Materialise, wo ich die Medizinsparte leite, stammt unser erstes medizinisches Modell aus dem Jahr 1991, als unser CTO noch volle 5 Wochen ben?tigte, um einen CT-Scan in ein gedrucktes 3D-Modell umzuwandeln. Nur ein Jahr sp?ter brachten wir Mimics auf den Markt: die weltweit erste Software mit FDA-Genehmigung, um CT-Bilddaten in dreidimensionale, anatomische Modelle zu verwandeln.
The advantages offered by surgical planning tools and personalized guides and implants are applicable to a vast variety of surgical treatments. Some of these benefits have already been raised by the Getting It Right?First Time (GIRFT) program in the UK.
When we think about the impact of 3D printing on the healthcare industry, we mostly think about the productinnovations it enables. From today’s reality of 3D printing fully-customized skull implants, to future hopes and promises of printing vital organs. These product innovations build on the fact that 3D printing is an inherently digital manufacturing technology, enabling complex designs and increased functionality. Moreover, 3D?printing allows for the creation of patient-specific instruments and truly personalized implants that take into account the patient’s unique anatomy. However, the impact of the technology doesn’t end there; 3D printing also enables significant process innovations.