Formlabs, an American 3D technology developer, has received permission from the FDA to urgently use these printers to convert existing sleep apnea devices into ventilators. About this writes EnGadget.
According to the permission of the American regulator, Formlabs will now be able to supply 3D printers to all hospitals in the United States, and doctors will independently print the necessary details to modify the devices for treating sleep apnea as part of the fight against COVID-19.
Hospital 3D printers will print plastic T-shaped adapters. Medical facilities that cannot print these adapters on their own can order them at Formlabs headquarters. In total, the company plans to print at least 3 thousand parts per day.
“3D printing enables fast iteration and prototyping of new, innovative medical equipment while speeding up the production process, shortening supply chains and allowing localization of production”.
Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA issued only a few emergency licenses. At the same time, during the pandemic, the regulator issued this type of permission to Abbott to create tiny ventilators and Tesla – to supply the same devices, but created from automotive parts.