A hospital in Italy resorts to 3D printing in desperate times

14-Mar-2020
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A hospital in Northern Italy ran out of Venturi valves in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis.
Industrial supply chains are affected due to their limitations in traditional production and import.
Supplier couldn't provide the necessary Venturi valves for the resuscitation devices at the hospital.
3D printer was brought to the hospital and they 3D printed the valves then and there.
Currently 10 patients are breathing and alive thanks to these 3D printed Venturi valves.

3D printing is a quick alternative when the product chains are getting delayed

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Resource Cristian Fracassi - Innovation & advanced Engineer, CEO at Isinnova

Resource FabLab Milano - A modern digital fabrication laboratory

Resource Isinnova - Independent Italian research institute

Resource Massimo Temporelli - Founder of The FabLab Milano

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