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.

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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.