CREATZ3D COVID-19 INITIATIVE
Stepping to the fore with an united effort
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact the world, there is an ever-growing need to provide supplies to frontline health workers who are working tirelessly round the clock with dwindling essential medical equipment.
We are linked up as a strategic partner under NAMIC Singapore COVID-19 Response Resource Platform, a nationwide initiative that connects the needs of the medical community with their extensive network contacts of 3D printing hubs in Singapore, to support requests for healthcare equipment supplies quickly and efficiently.
We Can Print
Our Capacity 10 – 50 pieces monthly (approx.)
Whether you are a manufacturer or healthcare provider/professional, our application team stands by ready to offer our expertise should you require something to be 3D printed.
Hands Free Door Opener
No matter where we go to, we are faced with door handles, and they are hotspots for germs because of their often and inevitable usage. We needed a solution where the touching of this common area is minimized.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution as door handles come in different shapes and sizes depending on design.
With the design freedom of 3D printing, our application engineers designed and printed hands free door openers that were a fit for either vertical or horizontal stainless steel handles with light assembly required.
The door openers doesn’t require drilling holes or the replacement of your door’s handle. Setting it up is simple: all you have to do is fasten two 3D-printed pieces together with screws over your existing handle.
Printed using PC (polycarbonate) material with a Stratasys F370 FDM 3D printer, it was chosen for its durability and stability properties, allowing it to withstand heavy and repeated usage.
The door openers are not immune to contamination, so regular disinfection is recommended.
As all door handles have different diameters, do contact us with the specific measurements if you are interested in getting it for the office/home.
Nasal Test Swab
Nasal test swabs continue to play an important role in identifying COVID-infected patients across the globe, and there is an increased demand for them as global test capacity ramps up resulting in supply shortages.
These swabs typically come in flexible sticks with a bristled end and are used to collect a sample of secretions from the uppermost part of the throat, behind the nose, during tests of suspected cases for respiratory infections.
They are then placed in a test tube where it is then transported into a laboratory for testing.
There are a few critical safety considerations when it comes to 3D printing nasal swabs for medical use which ULTEM 1010™ CG has:
Heat Resistance | Low Outgassing | Biocompatible
You can also review the biocompatibility and sterilizability supporting documentation on the biocompatibility of ULTEM 1010™ CG that was tested by Stratasys according to standards.
As we adjust to a new normal in the fight against COVID-19 in Singapore, there is a necessity to train more swabbers to support and ramp up wider swab testing efforts in the long run.
In Singapore, training for swab collection is carried out by health professionals who have voluntarily taken time off to selected civilians who often do not possess medical knowledge in this area.
Existing medical manikins in the market are deemed lacking representative features to facilitate the execution of these three essential procedures:
- Nasal mid-turbinate swab
- Nasopharyngeal swab
- Oropharyngeal swab
Our application engineers designed a 3D Printed Medical Manikin that can simulate swab testing scenarios for training, and addresses the shortcomings of existing simulators in the market.
Previously considered as a black box because of the lack of visualization and realism from existing solutions, the 3D Printed Manikins allowed swabbers to:
- visualize the interior structure of the person being swabbed
- anticipate anything abnormal during the swabbing process
- Make the process safer for injury-preventive execution of swabbing
Feedback from users was promising with many impressed by the bounceable tongue for simulation with a tongue depressor, and the crucial anatomies (e.g. turbinates, pharynx, and uvula) as indicators for performing the swab collection. With the manikins in real-life size, it was perfect for standard medical-grade swab sticks.
STL File Resources
Got access to a 3D printer? 3D print your own by downloading FREE STL files. The links below contain detailed technical information on how to 3D print and assemble, and were provided by the manufacturers themselves.
Stratasys – Face Shield Frame
MakerBot – Face Shield Frame
Materialise – Hands Free Door Opener