Using 3D Printing to Develop Rapid-Response PPE Manufacturing

Geoffrey RoederBlog

SARS-CoV-2 cases are beginning to rise again as we head into October. In part due to Labor Day celebrations and the return of many students to in-person classes, the latest National CDC forecasts predict up to 7,400 new COVID-19 deaths per week in our near future. Back during the first spike, one of the major challenges that emerged was a shortage of personal protective equipment and resulting threat to our medical practitioners. Many academic communities paused research pursuits to address this challenge, with my group among them. This post covers our successes, setbacks, and a vision for addressing inevitable future shortages through effective, distributed rapid-response manufacturing. In early April 2020, after daily COVID-19 infections in New York had increased from … Read More