3D Printing and COVID-19, May 5, 2020 Update

5 May, 2020

Formlabs has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to 3D print adapters designed to convert bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines into ventilators. What makes the adapter so significant, as discussed in our interview with the team behind the adapter at Northwell Health, is its simplicity. The T-shaped part makes it possible to connect endotracheal tubes to BiPAP machines, which can then be used ventilator systems, thus increasing the supply of ventilators without the use of potentially risky ventilator splitting devices.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a variety of respirator face masks to help with supply shortages. While the team published test data for fit, breathability and comfort for three different masks, they are not certified by NIOSH or any medical institution. In addition to uploading the designs, JPL provided instructions for creating custom filters made from off-the-shelf filters or cut up N95 masks or HEPA filter material.