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3D-printed valves help COVID-19 patients to breathe

17 March 2020

A 3D printer has been used to redesign and print life-saving valves for a reanimation device at an Italian hospital.

(Image: Lonati)

One of the biggest problems with the coronavirus is the number of patients that require intensive care and oxygenation to be able to survive and attempt to fight it off. This means that reanimation machines are working overtime and when/if they break down, it’s a serious issue. 

A Northern Italian hospital was in desperate need of a replacement valve for a reanimation device, but the supplier had run out and had no way of getting more in time. 

3D printing came to the rescue! 

Lonati workers, Michele Faini and Marco Gavazzi, together with ISINNOVA AD Cristian Fracassi’s design, were able to produce – in a very short time – valves for intensive care devices using Lonati’s new 3D printer. 

The 3D printer was brought straight to the hospital and was producing the new valves in just a few hours.

According to Interesting Engineering, since Saturday 14 March, 10 patients at the hospital with COVID-19 are benefiting from 3D-printed valves and can, therefore, continue to breathe.

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