3D-printing technology is becoming even more creative in the age of coronavirus. The Italian company behind the 3D-printed replacement valves for ventilators have come up with another useful invention that could turn snorkeling masks into C-PAP masks for oxygen therapy, a crucial and life-saving part of recovery for severe COVID-19 cases.
Isinnova, a local 3D printing business in Lombardy, Italy first helped overwhelmed hospitals come up with 3D-printed replacement valves for the coronavirus patients. They have now been approached by Gardone Valtrompia Hospital head physician Renato Favero with the idea to rapidly develop an emergency ventilator mask by adjusting a snorkeling mask.
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It uses what’s already available on the market to tackle the shortage of breathing equipment. Decathlon, the maker of the Easybreath snorkeling mask “was immediately willing to cooperate.” The cooperation has lead to the development of the 3D-printed prototype that is “proven to be correctly working” and with hospital staff “enthusiastic about the idea.,” according to Futurism.