Fab Lab of RWTH Supports the Fight Against the Corona Pandemic
The Fab Lab of RWTH Aachen University makes its 3D printers, laser cutters, and other digital production machines available for the rapid production of urgently needed parts in the medical sector. In the fight against the corona pandemic, items such as visors for doctors, emergency ventilators for hospitals, and forearm door handles for office doors can be produced.
The parts reach local and regional institutions that need to maintain their operations. "We cannot supply certified medical products. But we can help provide for emergencies, where regular hospital stocks are no longer sufficient. Items such as forearm door handles, for example, reduce the risk of infection in offices at important institutions. “These are not medical products," explains Professor Jan Borchers, head of the Media Computing Group at RWTH, where the Fab Lab is located.
The researchers are thus part of a worldwide community organized via social media, where it collects 3D designs for emergency equipment, evaluates their necessity and medical suitability, and then has them produced locally by volunteers.
The Fab Lab is supported by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia through the initiative Excellence Start-up Center.NRW at RWTH Aachen University. Prototypes for the examples outlined above are now in production, and the Fab Lab is already working with Uniklinik RWTH Aachen.
The team is now seeking contact with other hospitals and similar institutions in the region to meet their specific needs.