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Puente la Reina plant wins Schneider Electric’s ‘Smart Factory’ award for accelerating Industry 4.0 transformation with Stratasys FDM technology

Company reduces dependency on suppliers, increases manufacturing flexibility and accelerates time-to-market

Company overcomes the limitations of traditional manufacturing for on-demand, cost-effective production of machinery parts

Twelve industrial-grade Stratasys 3D printers run round-the-clock, making it one of Stratasys’ largest European customers

Providing medical materials plays a major role in the current situation to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. In a short time, a large number of protection equipment or tools to manufacture medical products have to be available. With hardly any local manufacturing of such materials and a singular focus on individual production countries leads to shortages in the supply chain.

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As part of its Additive Alliance Against Corona initiative, SLM Solutions has metal 3D printed plastic injection tooling molds that help produce face shield headbands for the Manufacturing & Advocacy Growth Network (MAGNET), a manufacturing consulting firm in Ohio. SLM Solutions 3D printed the molds in its Wixom, Michigan facility enabling MAGNET to save time and money in additively manufacturing the tooling needed to produce the face shields quickly.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for medical supplies, including testing kits has outpaced supply. The primary protocol involves conducting a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test, which collects viral material from inside a person’s nasal cavity. Globally, there are very few companies that manufacture the swabs commercially, and all are overwhelmed with demand. In collaboration with Origin, Henkel is leveraging its ability to carry out biocompatibility and robust mechanical testing at its facility in Concord, California, and has provided a range of 3D printable medical photopolymers designed for use on Origin’s material development systems.

Industry leaders work together to accelerate the development and mass production of 3D printed parts in the automotive, appliance, medical and other industries
- New industrial alliance to support market-leading customers in the automotive, household and commercial appliance, and medical sectors in expanding digital manufacturing and developing new applications;
- OECHSLER's fleet of HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printers offers advanced features, unprecedented economics and high quality parts manufacturing;
- Joint development of high-performance mesh structures and innovative new applications with both BASF's new polypropylene (PP) and HP's comprehensive range of materials

We at 3DVerkstan are accustomed to developing solutions and 3D-printed models to meet different needs of our customers, but like many others in this strange time, we chose to reorganize the planned business and focus on producing simple, fast products for healthcare that are already struggling with inadequate resources and adequate protection. This is what additive manufacturing is all about, a manufacturing method that quickly develops not just prototypes or individual parts but fulfills a need that arises here and now. Now mass production of our faceshield has started by injection molding in many places which is needed for demand is great, but the hundreds of thousands of visors that were 3D printed during these weeks have saved lives!

Royal DSM, a global purpose-led, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announces the launch of UNITE4COVID, a digital, open, collaborative marketplace designed to provide solutions for healthcare professionals, as well as a forum and collaboration hub for inventors, manufacturers and certification labs in the fight against corona.

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