AstroPrint’s Clusters App, Community 3D Printing Platform to Fight Covid-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak worsens across the world, the urgent need for medical gear is being partially fulfilled by the additive manufacturing industry. Additive is being used for everything from face shields, medical masks, and respirator valves, to much-needed ventilator parts for critically ill patients. With this kind of critical medical gear in short supply, 3D printing offers a fast way to fill in some of the gaps.

In order to provide our help in these efforts, we are creating a new online tool named: AstroPrint 3D Printing Clusters. This will allow Regional Coordinators to manage ‘clusters’ of local manufacturers (i.e. Printer Owners), and to deliver critical 3D Printed parts to the Medical Facilities that need them.

This will help Coordinators follow local production in real-time, regardless of the manufacturing technology utilized. Since this application is more about logistics, and less about 3D Printer communications, it can be used to track production on any manufacturing technology (FDM, SLA, CNC, DMLS, etc).

How You Can be a Hero:

We need two types of Heroes to help scale up 3D Printing for Medical Facilities.

Regional Coordinators – Connect with local Medical Facilities, determine their needs, approve new Printer Owners into the Cluster, and manage pickup / delivery of printed parts.

3D Printing Heroes – Use their 3D Printers (or other manufacturing machines) to print the designs specified by the Regional Coordinator, and arrange for pickup / delivery.

Join the program via astroprint.com/covid-3d-cluster-app

Spread the word to any 3D Printer owner, any hospital administrator. Now more than ever we need to stand with our great community to win this battle!

Let’s get our printers to work!

Stay safe,

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AstroPrint announces free service for Hospitals and Universities during the COVID-19 crisis

Dear AstroPrinters and 3D Printing community,

Now more than ever we are dedicated to providing you with the best service possible. We decided last week to temporarily close our offices for the safety of our employees during the C19 crisis. However, you should know that we are staying 100% operational. We are lucky enough to be able to fully operate via remote working and we are still 100% dedicated to offering you the same quality of service we always do.

  • Our team is still available for support
  • Our service is still operating at full capacity
  • We are still focused on helping you get the most out of your 3D Printers

University crisis support

With nearly all Universities and schools closing their doors for the rest of the school year, and moving to online education, programs that involve 3D printing are having some very specific challenges. Students in programs such as Engineering, Architecture, and STEM programs often have to 3D print their assignments. Traditional 3D Printer labs require people to congregate, which means, they have mostly been shut down. In order to prevent these labs from having to shut down, AstroPrint is offering its Fleet Management software free of charge to any University, College, or school that wishes to use it, as long as the crises lasts.

A number of Universities and schools are already using AstroPrint to manage their 3D Printer Farms in a way where students do not need to interact with other students. They can submit files remotely into Group Queues, then the local printer-lab technician can print their files for them. This technician then uses the software to manage all the Group Queues, manage the farm of printers (1 person can manage 50+ printers), notify the student of the objects’ status, then mail the printed object to the student. This effectively removes the need for human to human contact in the entire process.

Hospital crisis support

In addition, AstroPrint is offering their software free of charge to any hospital, medical facility, or community efforts involved in the C19 crisis. We have heard about the 3d printed respiratory valve which is being used in some Italian hospitals. They were unable to get more valves in stock, and these 3D Printed valves have been saving lives. We recently reached out, and offered our help, to the amazing OSVentilator project.

We are convinced there is much more that can be achieved with the help of the great 3D Printing community. If you believe your facility can benefit in any way from our platform, please contact us by filling out the form via astroprint.com/education-plan

Stay safe,
Drew Taylor – Founder of AstroPrint

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