Startup FIEP RUSNANO and 3DToday community launched an initiative to design and 3D print scarce medical components

The engineering contract company CML AT Medical from the North-West Nanotechnology Center in St. Petersburg and the all-Russian community of owners of 3D printers 3DToday have launched an all-Russian project for operational 3D printing of scarce plastic components and other medical products to help doctors in the fight against COVID-19 coronavirus. The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP), whose investment network includes the North-West Nanocenter, and in general, the RUSNANO Group fully support this project and urge to join the initiative and unite the efforts of all participants in the 3D printing market.

The medical device design company CML AT Medical has already designed and manufactured a batch of prototypes adapters for valves of artificial lung ventilation (ALV) and face shields and submitted them for testing. The company is ready to accept orders for medical devices necessary for doctors, quickly design and verify 3D models and, in cooperation with 3DToday and the entire community of 3D-manufacturers, transfer them to the nearest 3D printing point throughout Russia.

The project was born in response to the sharply increased needs of medical workers involved in the fight against coronavirus infection. "In recent weeks, we have encountered a large number of similar requests from doctors who asked to develop and manufacture disposable adapters for filters in ALV and face screens for masks, - told the general director of CML AT Medical Yana Chekryzhova. - After we carried out the first stage of this work - we gave 50 shields and 20 adapters for testing, it became clear that we needed to scale our experience. Therefore, we supported the initiative of the 3DToday community to unite the efforts of 3D-manufacturers throughout the country. For our part, we will publish in open access all newly created 3D models with a description of printing modes and materials".

The RUSNANO Group is ready to connect the 3D printing facilities of the entire network of nanocenters of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs to the project. “Contractual services of "TechnoSpark" are ready to promptly produce the necessary parts for the efficient work of doctors in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, - said Oleg Lysak, Contract Business Director of "TechnoSpark" Group of Companies, which is also part of the FIEP nanocenters network. - The possibilities of additive technologies for medicine are extensive: it is possible to produce plastic and metal parts for the repair of medical equipment, individual products, and adapt devices to work in the system". Oleg Lysak hopes that the joint initiative of CML AT Medical and 3DToday will open up 3D printing opportunities for Russian clinical medicine, which are clearly underestimated by it, and this will allow additive technologies to enter the daily life of doctors. 

"In a difficult period for our country, the fight against the spread and treatment of coronavirus infection, it is important to involve business in the search for new solutions, to provide support in the re-profiling of production. This is especially true of innovative industries working with medical devices, producing components for them, - thinks Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Leningrad Region - Chairman o the Committee for Economic Development and Investment Activity Dmitry Yalov. - Russian companies are ready to promptly provide products in which the greatest need is felt. Just such an example is the engineering contract company CML AT Medical of the Northwest Nanotechnology Center, which designed and manufactured a batch of prototype adapters for ALV."

The deputy head of the regional government considers it important "for a list of medical devices to be compiled at the federal level, in relation to which the priority order of state registration will be applied, for example, AVL and components for them, as well as to reduce the registration period for such medical devices at all stages."

In many countries, thanks to the close-knit work of 3D-manufacturers, was eliminated the shortage of valves for artificial lung ventilation machines (ALV), face shields and other medical devices, which are essential to successfully combat the spread and treatment of coronavirus.


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