New Delhi: PC and printer major Hewlett Packard (HP) on Thursday announced it has 3D printed 120,000 key ventilator parts in 24 days for use in 10,000 ventilators, thus helping frontline workers and healthcare providers in India respond better to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic at hospitals.
HP in partnership with Redington India successfully produced 120,000 ventilator parts like inhale and exhale connectors, valve holders, oxygen nozzles and solenoid mounts for AgVa Healthcare that is currently manufacturing world’s most economical ICU ventilators.
To keep things economical and cost effective, 12 categories of parts were 3D printed to manufacture 10,000 ventilators that are being deployed across the country for the treatment of patients suffering from coronavirus.
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“The successful execution of the AgVa Healthcare project is a testament of the capabilities of HP’s 3D printing technology and how it can remove the limitations of designing by producing complex products in short time”, said Rajat Mehta, Country Manager, 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, HP India Market.
Since these ventilator parts have complex designs and fine tolerances, it generally takes anywhere from 4 to 5 months to manufacture these quantities using the conventional process.
With 3D printing technology, these parts were printed in just 24 days, said the company in its statement.
Ventilator’s manufactured by AgVa Healthcare are ICU ventilators with volume, pressure and flow control.
The entire system can be controlled by a capacitive multi-touch interface without the need of compressed medical air. It is extremely portable and can be used in ICU transport or at home.