Structo Feature | How 3D Printing Curbed The Spread of COVID-19

October 21, 2020 2 min read

Over the years, we have been able to lend our voice to various publications and media outlets to shed light on how we see additive manufacturing advancing and how this technology changes and improves our daily lives in various ways.

Today, we are excited to announce a new segment called “Structo Feature”. Through this new segment, we will provide you with a summary of the insights from all the interviews and discussions that take place with thought leaders and media partners from all around the globe.

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December 31, 2019 was the day where the world was made known of a cluster of severe pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China that unexpectedly escalated to a global pandemic in a matter of months. As various countries started shutting down to curb the spread of the disease, supply chains started getting disrupted and before we knew it, the demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Nasopharyngeal (NP) testing swabs skyrocketed leading to  global scarcity. Slowly, additive manufacturing technology emerged as the dark horse of a decentralized manufacturing system to plug the gab created in global supply chains.

Like other industry manufacturers, Structo has been proactively responding to the call to introduce some level of resilience in various supply chains affected by the pandemic.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Structo_PersonalProtectiveEquipment(PPE)

In the earlier stages of the pandemic, healthcare frontliners worldwide struggled with the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) due to the sudden rise in the number of patients that overwhelmed most healthcare systems. We designed face shields and surgical mask straps that were easy to print and assemble and made them downloadable from our website.

Featured Article:

Manufacturers Produce Thousands of Vital PPE, Rally Huge Network of Industry Partners
By LMT Magazine on May 12, 2020

 

3D Printed Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs

The surge of community cases in the second quarter of 2020 in Singapore led to a government initiative to respond to the situation with technology. At the time, the demand for swabs was skyrocketing and supply chain resilience was top priority. Various government institutions sprung to action by assembling a multi-disciplinary industry consortium to develop Singapore’s very own 3D-printed nasopharyngeal swabs which Structo was part of.

Source: Bloomberg

 

Singapore’s research and innovation efforts have been critical in the fight against the novel coronavirus, and will help create new opportunities for economic growth in a post-COVID-19 world.

- Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Heng Swee Keat

 

Featured Articles:

Innovation in Motion: Singapore’s Battle Against Covid-19
by Bloomberg on October 6, 2020

Accidental mavens
by The Business Times on September 25, 2020

Singapore’s research and innovation key in fight against COVID-19, creation of growth opportunities: Heng Swee Keat
by Channel News Asia (CNA) on August 26, 2020

The latest 3D printing efforts against Covid-19
by TCT Magazine on July 23, 2020

Novel Swabs Developed To Address COVID-19 Testing Shortage
by Technology Networks on July 15, 2020

NUS develops 3 new designs for test swabs; 40m on the way
by The Straits Times (Singapore) on July 14, 2020

Singapore-based 3DP Startup Structo Starts Production of Millions of Pre-Sterilised NP Testing Swabs
by Manufactur3D on July 2, 2020


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