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DRESDEN-concept partners join forces to fight Coronavirus

3D printing initiative to support the supply of healthcare facilities

Axel Spickenheuer, L IPF

In conjunction with biosaxony, DRESDEN-concept is building up a network of 3D printing experts throughout Saxony to supply hospitals and other healthcare providers with currently unavailable materials. The network involves numerous research institutions of the DRESDEN-concept research alliance, the University of Leipzig, and Saxon companies. At present, the activities are focused primarily on the production of face masks for medical personnel. This page provides you with all the relevant information, should you choose to participate in this project, as well as an overview of the partners involved.

Private nursing services, the professional fire brigade, and other public institutions are currently struggling with the same problems as hospitals: Protective equipment is scarce, and the procurement of such equipment is extremely challenging due to supply bottlenecks. The DRESDEN-concept partners joined forces and have handed over more than 3000 plastic visors produced by 3D-printing and injection moulding.

In cooperation with biosaxony e.V., the medical staff of the Dresden Municipal Hospitals and the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, the DRESDEN-concept scientists have pro bono created print files for 3D printers.

The process development, normally taking up to half a year, was accelerated by the researchers working day and night. With the assistance of the 1st Mould company from Pirna, TU Dresden’s Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK), and Kunststoffschmiede e.V., head mountings for the plastic visors could be produced on a large scale by injection moulding with minimal preparation time. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) produced visors by laser cutting. As a result, the 3D printers of the research institutions only had to produce support strips, allowing the researchers to focus on optimisation and quality control.

The printed components can be delivered to several places in Dresden, where they are regularly collected by TU Dresden’s transportation services and brought to the collection point in TU Dresden’s Medical Theoretical Centre. Then, the components are checked, disinfected and packaged. Subsequently, they are sent to the central hospital control centre Corona Dresden/East Saxony as well as to care facilities and public institutions. Which is where the plastic visors are urgently needed at the moment.

Additionally, the DRESDEN-concept partners provide their support through numerous other activities. Theses include the donation of dispensable reserves of protective clothing, disinfectant or safety goggles. The DRESDEN-concept head office organises the distribution of these reserves e.g. to the youth emergency services.

Feuerwehr bei der Coronaabstrichnahme M. Rietschel

We would like to thank all partners who are supporting this project!

Special thanks: 1st Mould, Spezi Pack Karl Spethmann GmbH, Michael Sander Kunststofftechnik GmbH, Thomas Bellmann Werkzeugbau, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS), Leibniz IPF, HZDR and the staff of the Medical Theoretical Center (MTZ) Dresden!

External partners:

Logo 1st Mould 1st Mould

For enquiries, please contact:

© René Jungnickel

Lena Herlitzius

The Project Coordinator for DRESDEN-concept

lena.herlitzius@tu-dresden.de

 

biosaxony

André Hofmann

Project Coordinator biosaxony

hofmann@biosaxony.com

Leibniz IPF

: Dr. Axel Spickenheuer,

3D Printing // Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden: 

spickenheuer@ipfdd.de