How 3D Printing Is Accelerating The Coronavirus Test Race

18 May, 2020

As the novel coronavirus spread rapidly across the United States this March, testing was lacking. While there were many problems, one simple one was a lack of test swabs. These nasopharyngeal swabs go into patients’ noses to grab a sample to test. To scale up testing, the country needed tens of millions—or perhaps hundreds of millions—of them. One major solution emerged: 3D printing. In this video, we look at how the country’s biggest 3D printing companies rushed to design and manufacture vast quantities of these test swabs.

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