3D printing playing vital role in fight against COVID-19

The 3D-printing industry is at the forefront of the manufacturing effort against COVID-19, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

3D-printing companies around the world, from start-ups to industrial giants, are creating urgently-needed parts, including face masks, hands-free door openers and valves for ventilators. They are even making 3D-printed micro-homes for quarantined coronavirus patients in China.

The manufacturing effort by the 3D printing industry has resulted in GlobalData awarding high thematic scores to US 3D printing companies Stratasys and 3D Systems. Both rated four out of five for the ‘Coronavirus theme’ in GlobalData’s COVID-19 Impact on Consumer Electronics report. This score indicates that they stand to benefit over a 12-month period from the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Bicknell, Principal Analyst at GlobalData’s Thematic Research, commented: “When urgent help was needed to counter the COVID-19 threat, the 3D-printing industry has really stepped up. From small Italian 3D-printing company Isinnova making ventilator valves for an overrun hospital in Lombardy, to the efforts of some of the world’s most advanced additive manufacturers in meeting the urgent need for ventilators, the can-do approach of designers and printers has been impressive.”

Bicknell continued: “The 3D-printing industry started in the early 1980s, but it has so far failed to reach its potential in terms of design and materials. The kind of out-of-the box thinking shown by companies such as Belgium’s Materialise, which has designed and printed hands-free door openers, is just what the industry requires.”

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