Harnessing the Power of 3D Printing Against the Spread of Coronavirus

Harnessing the Power of 3D Printing Against the Spread of Coronavirus

With the cancellation of most sporting events in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, there has been a drop in the demand for protective gumshields. For the company Impact Gumshields – co-founded by James Murphy and UCD alumnus and former Leinster rugby player Gary Brown – this might have seen their 3D printing technology lying idle for a while. Instead, the company was keen to do whatever they could to support local communities and they quickly sought an alternative use for the printers. They are now producing hands-free door handles for distribution to GP surgeries, pharmacies, nursing homes and other healthcare providers using a design released free of charge by Belgian company Materialise.