How Test Swabs Became 3D Printing's Production Win: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode
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 Published On Jun 04, 2020

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen additive manufacturing step up to make face shields, masks, protective eyewear, even ventilator splitters. But there’s one 3D printed item that tells perhaps the best production story additive manufacturing has ever seen: nasopharyngeal swabs, the critical tools needed to diagnose COVID-19 cases. A consortium of additive manufacturers is ramping up to make millions of these swabs per week. It’s not just about numbers, however. These swabs are an instance where 3D printing can make real improvement to both the product and the process by which they are manufactured.

Navigate through this episode:

2:28 What is a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab?

4:52 What quantity of NP swabs is needed?

7:43 Where did the 3D printed swab designs come from?

11:22 What 3D printing technologies are being used to make swabs?

17:39 Who is manufacturing 3D printed swabs?

21:10 Why are dental labs are well-suited to making swabs?

23:40 Will 3D printing swabs solve the COVID-19 testing problem?

24:25 What can the 3D printed swabs effort tell us about the future of manufacturing?


LEARN MORE ABOUT:

- PrintedSwabs.org:

https://printedswabs.org/

- Previous COVID-19 updates including test swab coverage:

https://www.additivemanufacturing.media/blog/post/3d-printing-and-coronavirus-check-in---week-of-462020

https://www.additivemanufacturing.media/blog/post/3d-printing-and-coronavirus-check-in---week-of-4132020

- Origin’s DLP technology and materials focus:

https://www.additivemanufacturing.media/blog/post/the-promise-of-full-polymerization-in-resin-3d-printing

https://www.additivemanufacturing.media/blog/post/production-3d-printing-with-roots-in-materials-development-the-origin-story

- Spectrum Dental Printing, as featured in AM magazine and on a previous episode of The Cool Parts Show:

https://www.additivemanufacturing.media/blog/post/dental-lab-brings-3d-printing-into-digital-dentistry-workflow

https://www.additivemanufacturing.media/blog/post/is-your-dentist-a-manufacturer-the-cool-parts-show-s2e4

- Resolution Medical’s approach to plastic part production for healthcare and medical:

https://www.additivemanufacturing.media/articles/resolution-medical-pivots-production-from-molding-to-3d-printing



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