- EOS launches versatile online platform and LinkedIn group to bring the community together
EOS, the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, recently launched a collaborative #3DAgainstCorona movement to support the battle against Covid-19 on all levels.
The company released an official statement saying, “In times of crisis individuals, organizations and governments need to stand together. We want to thank the AM community that has been working tirelessly, to find strong solutions for the fight against Corona. At EOS, we were fascinated by various activities all over the world and made it our prerogative to support in times of need.
Right now, we are developing solutions and utilizing our network to facilitate inspirational exchange. We leveraged our global network of suppliers, partners, customers and the broader EOS community. This is why our open platform initiative features relevant data, impactful projects, and offers valuable files free to download – ready to print. All of these are designed to support pandemic-fighting and life-saving approaches. The 3DAgainstCorona site will be updated on a regular basis.”
Sharing her thoughts on the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, Marie Langer, CEO of EOS, said, “Improving people’s lives with the help of 3D printing has always been our aspiration. The current pandemic now calls for a joint approach, more than ever before. Today, we are asking all supporters to join us in tackling the challenges that lay ahead of us. Let’s do what our technology is enabling us for: Let’s think differently and push the boundaries of what is possible.”
Marie continues, “We are extremely proud to work alongside so many brilliant minds inside and outside of EOS who are developing and delivering critical solutions for those in need.”
Marie Langer has also released a video where she is asking individuals, organizations and governments to join the movement in tackling the challenges that lie ahead of us.
How to Support the Movement?
Participate and help the joint community in tackling this Covid-19 challenge. Please share inspiring best practices and examples. Use the #3DAgainstCorona to spread the word on social media.
EOS stressed the point to manufacture medically safe and approved products. EOS has been working in the medical industry since many years and this has helped them build a FDA and MDR-conform standards facility operating with certified systems, certified materials and qualified processes, expert and consulting knowledge.
Such facilities may not be accessible to everyone and so they can collaborate to use such state-of-the-art facility. EOS has made it clear that it wants to support projects are effective, lasting and of a quality that is mandatory when human lives have to be saved. This effort is not only for the products but the approach also applies to the 3DAgainstCorona website where the global expert team will screen and ensure that everything shared on the landing page meets the high medical standards needed in a pandemic.
Rapid Manufacturing & Scalability Key to fighting Pandemics
The key goal for governments worldwide currently is to maintain adequate patient care. Those fighting Covid-19 on the frontlines are often lacking proper protection equipment due to difficulties in supplying the vast numbers needed e.g. in hospitals worldwide.
At the same time, the challenges continue while trying to meet the immense demand for medical devices, protective clothing and masks. Federal governments are approaching both traditional and 3D printing manufacturers to support production scaling of medical equipment needed in a pandemic.
One of the most valuable benefits additive manufacturing can contribute here is that it can help to reduce the sole dependence on traditional supply chains. Based on AM, critical shortages can be more rapidly addressed. Moreover, traditional manufacturing ramp up is accelerated and further supply chain shortages can be eliminated via digital manufacturing.
At the same time, the latter also enables a more distributed manufacturing. Data can be shared or sent across the globe and products can be 3D printed where they are most needed. Which becomes even more important during a pandemic when supply chains are disrupted by international shutdowns and transport restrictions.
Marie Langer explains, “We want to provide sustainable support. Current activities range from filling critical needs, to helping repurpose existing equipment or providing rapid tooling for traditional manufacturing. And with a future perspective, digitize critical items to avoid future problems or shortages.”
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