COVID-19 when started no one expected it become it as a pandemic spreading all over the world. As with earlier past pandemic of history, this also required the new research and development to fight it.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact, most often via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, and talking.
The world health body has recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, maintaining physical distance from others, covering coughs, and keeping unwashed hands away from the face.
The use of cloth face coverings such as a scarf or a bandana has been recommended by health officials in public settings to minimize the risk of transmissions, with some authorities requiring their use. Health officials also stated that medical-grade face masks, such as N95 masks, should be used only by healthcare workers, first responders, and those who directly care for infected individuals.
As of 5th Aug 2020, the global toll crossed the 7-lakh mark, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As many as 7,00,714 people have died across the world so far, while the global coronavirus count crossed 1.85 crores. As many as 1.11 crore people have recovered. For India crossed the 19-lakh mark. The country’s total number of infections are now 19,08,254, while the toll rose to 39,795. As many as 12,82,215 people have recovered.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has put many healthcare providers under great strain as they provide treatment and care to affected patients. Because it is a new kind of virus and very contagious. It is hard to diagnose. Not only an infected person can spread the virus without knowing if she/he is ill as it took about 1-2 week to see any major symptoms.
The chaos wreaked on healthcare services by the increased number of patients admitted to overburdened hospitals. Often requiring a particular type of ventilator for life-support, not to mention the large quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE) required to protect medical workers.
Face shields are considered an integral part of the PPE (personal protective equipment) for health care workers, adding a layer over the face mask and protecting the wearer from any contaminated droplets they may encounter. With ease to develop and rapid testing 3D printing became a massive driving force in the effort to produce protective wear for those, who need it the most.
It also reduced the use of mask N95 mask which require a specific fit, seal, not to mention being able to breathe through along with production cost very high for discard after a single-use.
3D printing is being used for quick prototyping. It doesn’t need expensive, cumbersome mold making, and lets you print minimal quantities and modify designs down to details. All you need to do is then download the design and procure the material needed.
In March with India announcing Nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, parallel to the disturbance to public life, the first thing it broke was supply chain system. In reaction to the acute shortage of protective wear for medical personnel in the current pandemic situation.
Designifying has quickly developed and started to mass-produce protective face shields. Designifying as non-profit initiative printed and donated to local health institutions and even large health facility. Designifying put its engineering team’s time and expertise, with access to 3D printers, to bridge a supply chain gap to fulfil the hospital needs and request.
Soon demand increased in the region, to which Designifying mass-produced the face shield with tried and tested design from the consultation of doctors to ease supply chain issues for hospital and health worker with face shield masks.
With the help of a 3D printer, Designifying meet the local demand easily and effectively. Now Designifying is producing the face shield for the general public to use these face shield as a barrier against the COVID-19. Designifying also providing the face shield for the organisation to make office spaces safe to work.
The face shield has proven that rapid prototyping is essential for the development of new product and meet local demand. Recently in one of his speech Indian prime minister Narender Modi endorse the use of 3d printing and how it is essential to research and development.
Designifying apart from providing 3d printing service work in scanning and designing to develop product solution in all field from automotive to medical. With all the research prototyping solution in one place, it offers quality and reliability with fast service. Designifying has worked with companies to develop IoT product and currently working in medical to provide demand specific solution.
Now with lockdown over it is very important to keep ourself safe and with using face shield and similar face protection while coming in contact with others.
Conversely, if you are a medical device manufacturer, hospital, or healthcare provider that needs help to bridge a supply chain gap, please let us know of your needs. We will do everything possible to fulfil your request.
Organisations can contact us at Hello@designifying.com for a bulk order of Face shield or any other requirement regarding the COVID safety product. For any other information visit designifying.com.