Mobility goes Additive e.V. (MGA) has launched a new online platform dedicated to the additive manufacturing industry: weboostam.com. The platform features a number of use cases for 3D printing, including some that are specific to the COVID-19 pandemic like emergency masks, face shields, venturi valves and more.
MGA is comprised of nearly 120 members companies, which puts it in a strategic position for the production and deployment of 3D printed parts and products for supporting COVID-19 relief efforts. For this reason, the group was contacted by the European Commission in mid-March, which asked for support in printing medical equipment like face shields, protective eyewear, face masks, custom-formed sterilium bottles and ventilation systems. In response to this initial request for help, MGA launched the 3D Printing fights Corona initiative, which has brought on over 300 companies willing to help.
“We had the vision to create something bigger than a directory to portray our members,” said Stefanie Brickwede, Managing Director of Mobility Goes Additive. “ Now with weboostam.com we created an online platform that also provides AM use cases. Companies can now create their profiles for the database and edit their use cases to the listings.
“MGA has a strong community with almost 120 member companies and elaborated portfolios in additive manufacturing—as this central point of contact we support with defining 3D printing use cases and help to overcome hurdles. Fast and local production as well as digital supply chains are more important than ever—and additive manufacturing fulfills these attributes. We act as a facilitator between supplier and user—weboostam.com perfectly supports our goal.”
As part of its ongoing effort to support COVID-19 relief, MGA is conducting virtual meetings with experts from hospitals and industry twice a week. In these meetings, experts discuss what is required on the front lines, how these needs are being met and if AM can play a role. The group has also partnered with Airbus, Volkswagen and DB Schenker to deliver 2,000 face shields to medical workers in Spain.
Mobility Goes Additive’s new online platform also offers other resources and tools for other AM sectors and its overall goal is to create more visibility for MGA members.
Additional resources about additive manufacturing and COVID-19 can be found on our very own AM for COVID-19 Forum.