3D Hubs, a Netherlands-based online manufacturing platform, has launched the COVID-19 Manufacturing Fund in an effort to support initiatives that are tackling the lack of much-needed medical supplies across the globe. The company says the fund will provide resources to these projects, enabling them to scale up the production of medical equipment, including protective masks and ventilator components.
Within 12 hours of launching the COVID-19 Manufacturing Fund, 3D Hubs had already raised over $18,000, which will go towards supporting its partners. So far, the company is working with Make4Covid and the University of Denver to produce up to 10,000 protective face shields for hospitals in Denver. In this case, the partners are manufacturing components for the Prusa face shield RC2, which is designed for protecting front-line medical staff from the virus. 3D Hubs is also working in collaboration with Project Open Air to advance the development of ventilator splitters, which can enable multiple patients to use a single ventilator.
“Thousands of designers and engineers around the world are stepping up to design parts for life-saving applications,” said Brian Garret, Co-Founder and CPO of 3D Hubs. “We want to make sure these parts reach those in need as soon as possible. By launching this fund, and committing our global manufacturing capacity, we’re accelerating these initiatives as fast as we can.”
3D Hubs’ manufacturing fund will exclusively support grassroots initiatives and not-for-profit organizations. The manufacturing platform advises businesses that are interested in participating to simply upload their parts to the 3D Hubs platform to increase accessibility.
The overarching goal of the manufacturing fund is to increase the availability of protective medical equipment and other medical supplies that are urgently needed in hospitals around the world. 3D Hubs says it is well positioned to provide projects seeking to produce medical supplies with manufacturing resources, as it can tap its global network of manufacturing partners.
“Providing access to various manufacturing technologies including 3D printing, injection molding and CNC machining, this capacity and speed is vital to producing parts in these times of crisis,” the company says.
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