Calgary company says 3D printing could fill medical equipment gaps

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One Calgary 3D-printing firm is volunteering its resources to help address potential medical equipment shortages as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads in Alberta.

Colin Pischke, president of Print Your Mind 3D, says his company would be able to produce medical items including antimicrobial masks and valves for ventilators if there is demand from Alberta Health Services.

“There’s a lot of potential for something like this to have a huge impact when we’re in a crisis like this. I just want to get the word out there and let everybody know that our capacity is available to help the health care system,” Pischke said. “There could be a need. We just don’t know about it yet.”

The initiative is part of a wider global initiative by Ultimaker, a United States 3D printer-manufacturing company that is now encouraging those with access to 3D printers to offer their resources to local health care systems. Some jurisdictions across the world, including in Italy and Spain, have solicited items made from 3D printers for front-line use.

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