is supporting the collaborative effort to help those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic: our healthcare workers.
Collaboration and customization underscores almost every aspect of additive manufacturing (3D-printing). We can see here, in our efforts to support the safety of our medical professionals, that collaboration and customization are at the heart of our efforts. 3D-printing is not a one man show, it requires engineers, artists, and medical professionals to work together to develop tools and equipment specific to the current demands of treating patients with the COVID-19 virus. The ability to design a custom face shield or design adaptive equipment to best utilize hospital ventilators are made possible by 3D-printing's ability to house a digital inventory, to print on demand, and to fabricate complex structures. We will never know exactly how many health care providers we have shielded from this aggressive disease, but we do know that many of us worked together for the betterment of our community and in the long run, that is the benefit of this current scourge.
Step 1: Figure out where to put the printer.
Step 2: Hope the filament doesn't fall off the shelf.
Step 3: Press Print.