COVID-19 Impact on the 3D Printing in Chemical and Materials Industry

COVID-19 Impact on the 3D Printing in Chemical and Materials Industry

  • Chemical and Materials
  • Oct 07, 2020

COVID-19 Impact on the 3D Printing in Chemical and Materials Industry

INTRODUCTION

3D printing is a very valuable technique for machines and parts for the broad variety of industrial applications. With the latest COVID-19 epidemic, there are numerous advantages for using 3D printing, such as efficiency, speed, fewer errors as well as lower costs as a reduced waste generation, which is the bad supply for the manufacturing of parts and equipment that are in short supply. Nonetheless, the usage of 3D printer for large-scale manufacturing of parts or structures often poses certain obstacles.

The demand for vital safety goods dramatically improved by COVID-19 in early 2020. The quantity of products required and the immediate need to solve problems for both the short term and long term procedures in the other communities were increased by interruptions to a production process triggered by useful and economic barriers. 3D printing logistics have recognized this as a crisis-specific technology that provides products locally closer to that supply. Until beginning output, no costly machine tools had to be preformed. On the desired day, individual pieces could be printed 3D and shipped where appropriate.

The 3D printing community is stepping up to help alleviate some of the strain as COVID-19 continues to shut down cities, countries and supply chains. A lack of personal protective equipment is one of the biggest threats to healthcare workers. Around the world, 3D printing companies are using resources to develop and manufacture face masks and shields to help protect these critical frontline workers. These companies are also developing additional test kits for coronavirus to guarantee a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. There will still always be a shortage of the required equipment over the industry, but the 3D printing community is doing what it can to mitigate the shortages.

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE 3D PRINTING INDUSTRY

3D printing has gone a long way, improving manufacturing times. The time it takes for printing products is based on both the printing quality and the intricacy of a purpose of putting. In a new age with COVID-19, supply chains are continuing to be interrupted and essential medical equipment shortages are occurring where 3D printing is helping.

The pandemic has demonstrated how the only sector in which manufacturers have to be agile is not output. Unforeseen conditions such as restricted procurement of staff and transportation constraints trigger disruption around the supply chain. 3D printing firms will now be able to adjust their supply chains to the benefit of their speed and durability. We will improve warehouse capacity by implementing measures such as the RFID monitoring product and the organisation of stations. The increased efficiency facilitates the adaptation of the manufacturers to changing circumstances.

This is a terrifying moment for the healthcare staff on the front lines. The numbers of patients and the shortage of specific safety equipment (PPE) in the overloaded hospitals. The EPP comprises of facemasks, boots, hair and shoes. The absence of PEP has placed such people at considerable risk for COVID-19 contracting. Some hospitals try to reuse equipment because there is little better protection than no protective treatment. In addition to the shortage of the EPI, a COVID-19 test swabs and kits, respiration devices and ventilators are being scarce in the medical community. Without proper examination, it is nearly difficult to obtain an idea of the total number of sick patients. Also it implies that people who are unbelievably ill cannot find out of COVID-19. Heat and air conditioning shortages would remain an emotional and physical burden on hospitals when these essential and life-saving appliances have to be rationed. Doctors may need to decide which patients should and should not receive a ventilator.

First, the spread of COVID-19 contributed to a halt of development in China, accompanied by the closing of shops across the globe. At present, the two main markets for the sector are already being skipped by European and American retailers. In many countries of origin, cancelled orders are a cause for concern. As shippers gradually invoke 'force majeure' provisions in their contracts to avoid their payments, the Sustainable Textile of the Asian Area (STAR) Network takes along members of manufacturing organizations from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China and Myanmar.

With COVID-19, the conditions are expected to increase considerably. The pandemic has decreased 3D printing demand in heathcare, the demand of 3D printing until now and the most rapidly rising 3D printing sector, by reducing economic growth. Although economic success suggests a recovery, demand growth in the 3D printing industry will decline by half from previous projections at an annualized rate of inflation.

Since COVID-19 and strict containment measures seriously disturb global manufacturing supply chains, due to the punctuality, the human interference, and the accessibility of technology, the 3D printers industry is gaining momentum. 3D is an additive manufacturing process (in addition to multiple layers), including the rapid creation of a computer-aided design model prototype and construction of a 3D concrete structure. It is most often used in the prototyping and production of single parts and is much quicker than traditional techniques.

Simply stated, additive engineering technology enables functional parts to be assembled on-demand within minutes or hours. It has saved many people's lives in the fight against the pandemic by promoting the production on-demand of critical medical supplied products such as test swabs, medical devices such as fan components and personal safety (PPEs), including masks and components of breathing devices.

COMPANIES STRATEGIC INITIATIVES DURING COVID-19

  • In the U.K., 3DCrowdUK, a 3D group of enthusiasts for printing is bridging the holes in the supply chain of conventional EPI. The NPO was able to provide 200,000 Face Shields to the National Health Service and frontline staff around the UK within four months of being established (March-June).
  • In May 2020, The 3D printer Formlabs has earned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) to print the Northwell Health Northwell adapters of the Bilevel positive airway (BiPAP). Formlabs ships such adapters to hospital systems around the U.S. in order to overcome the fan shortage in COVID-19. The BiPAP pushes, usually associated by sleep apnea patients are adapted to a working physically intrusive ventilator utilizing the 3D-printed adapters.
  • In April 2020, The Volkswagen Group began manufacturing 3D printing facial shield holders. This is the part of a collaborative cross-border effort with Airbus and the "Mobility goes Addative" 3D printing network, containing about 250 businesses. The Airbus goods are to be used in Spain and will be transported next week by Airbus from Hamburg to Madrid. In response to demands from the Spanish authorities who exported the goods already in the region, this cross-industrial project was initiated.
  • In March 2020, HP 's 3D R&D centers Barcelona, Cooperate with foreign collaborators in a joint attempt to expand demand to fulfill the most pressing needs of Barcelona, Corvallis, Oregon, San Diego, California, and Vancouver, WC. Early technologies for industrial manufacturing are tested and concluded, including face masks, face covers, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands free door openers and respiratory components.
  • In March 2020, Materialise, a Belgian pioneer in 3D printing, has designed a three-dimensional printed door opener, which enables you to open and close your arm doors so that direct contact with door handles is not necessary. The organization provides free printable template and appeals to the regional 3D printing group for 3D printing of the door opener.

The manufacturers strive to achieve maximum market growth by adopting various strategies such as expanded manufacturing capacity, new product launches, product availability. The development of 3D printing in applications such as aerospace & defence, engineering, healthcare, automotive and other applications is expected to provide favourable opportunities for key market players.

The factors including distribution and sales places are expected to help improve the overall role of the company. Especially small domestic players and emerging players in developing countries are likely to gain opportunities to establish themselves in the marketplace.

CONCLUSION

3D printing is not a modern invention, but in the extraordinary moment, it come to the force. In many fields, 3D printing is used and helps to offer answers to several specific problems. 3D printing is still a risk, but the benefits greatly outweighs the disadvantages to using 3D. Some of the main advantages of utilizing 3D printing is the opportunity to print surgical devices quickly and with fewer waste. Yet 3D printing may be costly, particularly if the designs are supplied by a full-time staff.

The 3D printing community has the ability to play an important role in alleviating shortages of critical medical supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the global crisis, the regulatory requirements and the risk of liabilities have already been substantially reduced in several ways that make participating in the production of medical products significantly easier and less risky for 3D producers. Other initiatives similarly addressed are frequently announced. In the more transparent climate, creativity and the usage of additional output are unprecedented in the battle against COVID-19.

The possible immunities in the battle against COVID–19 in order to minimize liability risk and deliver healthy and secure health care workers content, it remains necessary for the 3D suppliers to collaborate with government agencies and current manufacturers of medical equipment and to provide appropriate reporting and labeling for their goods and not to render them unsubstantiated.

 

 

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