Enhancement of emergency response by 3D printing of medical supplies and materials
In the framework of pandemic threat, sustained supply management is required due to shortage of certain disposable medical materials, like masks, face shields, nasal valves, artificial ventilation and so on. Manufacturers all over the world directed their forces to fill this gap, however economic instability, border closure and rapid spreading of coronavirus in a geometric progression inevitably leads to a deficit of national reserves. Here, 3D printing might be a cost-effective and innovative solution that can promptly fill the scarcity of necessary items. Due to freedom of shape, the 3D manufacturing can be easily adopted to the required product. In addition, widely used printing materials as PLA and PETG are biodegradable and biocompatible with human tissues which solves the toxicity issue. As world practice shows more than a thousand different parts printed on 3D printers have already been delivered to medical facilities and successfully implemented in fighting with COVID-19. In order to gradually mitigate the post-pandemic recovery of Qazaqstan and improve emergency response to the continued epidemics, it is necessary to protect those who are on the front line in a paramount manner: doctors, nurses, all who are in direct contact with patients. Sum up, 3D printing is ready for this challenge.