Medical Testing Swaps produced using Figure-4 MED-AMB material

19.04.2020

Figure-4 offer engineering and medical grade materials. For the manufacture of Nasopharyngeal Swabs, the materials recommended by 3D Systems is MED-AMB. In the UK, please contact CDG for Figure-4 machines and MED-AMB material

Email: info@cdg.uk.com

Tel. 01420 556755

  • Mass-Producing Nasopharyngeal Swabs

    • 3D Printed, Mass-Produced Nasal Swabs for COVID-19

      273 swabs printed in 2.5 hours on the Figure 4 with MED-AMB/SG material. 34 seconds per swab.

    • 3D printed, mass-Produced Nasal Swabs in progress on a Figure 4
      NP swabs print in progress on Figure 4.
  • The Need

    There is a shortage of nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs to test COVID-19 patients as large-scale testing ramps up. Most test kits are limited to those who show severe symptoms. As such, it’s hard to determine who is asymptomatic in order to curb community spread through other methods than shelter-in-place policies.

    The Solution

    We are working with clinicians to test the materials and print process of NP swabs printed on our systems. We believe that Figure 4 and its autoclavable, biocompatible materials will be a great fit mass-producing large quantities of swabs in a short amount of time.

    The Outcome

    The material and print process for NP swabs is still being validated. Based on initial capacity analysis of a single Figure 4 system, it can print 273 swabs in 2.5 hours, which equates to 34 seconds per swab or 18,345 swabs per week. We also have several ISO 13485 certified facilities that can produce medical parts.

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