America Makes Launches Next Phase in COVID-19 Response

Additive manufacturers can now upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

Additive manufacturers can now upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America Makes launched the next phase of the COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository, where additive manufacturers can upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

Designs submitted through the America Makes design submission form in connection with NIH 3D Print Exchange, will be placed in a fast track workflow for faster review. Designs not submitted through the America Makes process may not be considered for the fast track workflow.  All designs will be publicly accessible through the NIH 3D Print Exchange website with their designation.

“We have seen so much innovation throughout the additive manufacturing industry related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says John Wilczynski, executive director of America Makes. “The question we’ve repeatedly been asked is 'are these products safe and reliable in a health care setting?' The design portion of the repository seeks to put clarity around that question for both manufacturers and providers. We believe it is a critical part to allowing the additive industry to effectively meet the needs of front line health care workers.” 

Visit americamakes.us/covid-19 for more information about America Makes' Response to COVID-19.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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