The additive manufacturing community continues to develop innovative and creative ways to help out during this battle with COVID-19.
Fathom announced its effort to help with the medical community’s shortage needs. The company has been assisting in developing and testing unique designs for test-kit swabs using its 3DPrinting technologies, as the primary swab suppliers have been over-run by demand. The company’s engineers and employees have been collaborating with several partners such as Harvard University, HP, and Abiogenix. Noted a spokesperson at Fathom, “This project is showing great success with mechanical, clinical, and viral testing and hopefully getting FDA approval this week, followed by ramping to production.”
The Fathom team has donated thousands of KN95 masks and face shields which are enroute to various Bay Area medical facilities such as Novato Community Hospital. The team was notified on Saturday they only had five masks remaining so they took immediate action. They have been able to locate 100,000 N95 respirators that are inbound and will be delivered to hospitals that have been in touch with them.
“We have access to a high volume of PPE supplies and are looking to connect them with the needed medical facilities,” said Fathom.
Fathom is collaborating with several educational institutions and laboratories to assist in designing and manufacturing critical components for various low cost and easier to produce ventilators. Leveraging its capacity and capabilities, the company can help produce components to bring these life-saving tools to the front lines.
“One of the inspiring projects we are working on is the MIT E-Vent Emergency Ventilator. MIT has submitted the design to the FDA for fast track review, which will hopefully get approval this week and production beginning immediately after that to fulfill the immediate need to hospitals around the country. If you would like to help or get involved, please visit the following link.”
Filed Under: Hack the Crisis: Engineering through COVID-19, Make Parts Fast