VALVE MIRACLE WITH 3D PRINTER
Many civilizations, many empires… Great glorious histories have no significance in front of nature because nature always writes its history as it wishes. As a matter of fact, it was again and Italy was tested with the sincere disadvantage of being a Mediterranean country in the fight against coronavirus. Tested but what a test! The number of patients rising every day found itself as the center of the pandemic with the number of deaths rising every day.
Although the health system is managed with fiction and discipline like every system, it has a capacity like every system. A local newspaper editör and chief of a technology initiative with 3D printing expertise, prevented the death to rise further in Italy. How Does? By printing medical valves for Covid-19 patients with 3D…
He announced that a hospital in Chiari, northern Italy, needs replacement valves for respiratory equipment. The editor of the local newspaper Giornale di Brescia did not remain insensitive and contacted Massimo Temporelli, the founder of Milan’s FabLab. Editor Nunzia Vallini asked Temporelli whether valves can be printed in 3D because time is important. They made several calls and eventually contacted Cristian Fracassi, the founder and CEO of the new Issinova, who brought a 3D printer to the hospital, turned the valve over and started printing spare parts within a few hours. As of March 14, many Covid-19 patients breathe and hold on to life with valves printed on a 3D printer.
Valves, named after the 18th century Italian physicist Giovanni Battista Venturi, connect oxygen masks to respirators used by coronavirus patients suffering from respiratory complications, saving lives as an important weapon in this war of mankind.
Since the first valves were printed in 3D using a filament extrusion system in the hospital, it was reported to 3D Printing Media Network by another local company Lonati SpA that more valves could be printed using a polymer laser powder bed fusion process and special polyamide-based material.
Responding to countless expressions of gratitude on his Facebook page, Fracassi said he was neither a hero nor a genius. People were about to die and he wrote that we just did our duty.
There are a lot of things that change in this struggle with many metaphors, but the desire of man to survive will never change.